Blackbird Interactive and Gearbox Software announced today the release of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, the newest installment in the landmark real-time strategy series. Developed by veterans of the franchise, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a new, ground-based prequel to the classic Homeworld games.
As the press release reads, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is the story of a dying planet and a perilous expedition to save it.
“Take control of Rachel S’jet, chief science officer, as she leads a fleet of coalition forces deep into enemy territory in search of the ‘primary anomaly’; Kharak slowly seeps into arid ruin, but if rumors are to be believed, there might still be salvation lying in wait.”
Rob Cunningham, CEO of Blackbird Interactive, said:
“Along with Gearbox Software, we are thrilled to be breathing new life into the Homeworld franchise, something we are obviously very passionate about. We think fans will love experiencing how the Homeworld story began with Deserts of Kharak.”
Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software, added:
“Backing Rob and the team at Blackbird Interactive so that we all could experience an authentic and passionately developed new entry to the Homeworld saga has been a thrill. When you play Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak I am confident you will feel and appreciate the Blackbird Interactive team’s commitment to the real-time-strategy genre as well as their reverence for the very franchise many of them helped to create as part of the original Homeworld development team.”
The game is now available for purchase on Steam for $49.99.
Here are the key features of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak:
- Experience an Origin Story
In Deserts of Kharak’s campaign, an anomaly is discovered deep in the southern desert. An expedition is sent, but the story is not that simple. Discover the story of Rachel S’jet as she leads her people on a quest to find their destiny in an exciting campaign.
- Heavy-Duty Hardware
Take control of fleets of land and air vehicles – from nimble light attack vehicles to massive heavyweight cruisers – built to conquer the desert.
- Massive Environments
Fight your way across massive dune seas, deep craters, and hostile canyons in sprawling maps – all in unprecedented fidelity and scale.
- Tactical Combat
Position your fleet to take advantage of the high ground or create ambushes across dune lines in terrestrial combat. Attack your enemies’ resource operations, or assault their military head-on.
- Strategic Decisions
Meaningful choices in resource management, fleet composition, and technology research directly impact your chances of survival.
- Online Multiplayer
Compete online solo or with friends in a variety of game modes, including ranked play, to rise through the ranks and become the most powerful Fleet Captain on Kharak.