The classic real-time strategy series Homeworld is coming back. The dormant series has been quiet for more than 15 years, aside from the Remastered Collection in 2015. But an official sequel, Homeworld 3, has been announced at PAX West.
Development is being handled by Blackbird Interactive, which has some experience with the franchise having remastered previous Homeworld games. Fans can look forward to having the story pick up from where it left off, however, it may be some time before they can experience the new chapter.
“Homeworld returns with the next chapter of the story. Homeworld 3 is the true sequel to the legendary space-faring RTS. Blackbird Interactive, founded by original Homeworld art director Rob Cunningham takes the helm on development, returning the series to its roots with a gripping continuation of the story, fully 3D combat, and the classic RTS elements you expect,” its developer states. “Further supported by the veterans of Homeworld Remastered Collection at Gearbox Publishing, Homeworld 3 is coming to life and the teams couldn’t be more ecstatic.”
It’s also already getting a crowdfunding campaign on Fig, with a bonus for backers: access to Homeworld Mobile, which was also announced at the presentation.
Homeworld was a competitor with contemporaries like StarCraft and Red Alert, and its Remastered Collection showed that the classics still hold up. GameSpot’s Homeworld Remastered review praised the space battles and smooth learning curve, but suggested some changes from the originals weren’t for the better.
“The Homeworld series’ legacy, however, has always lain within its story-focused campaigns, whose excellent action and inherent beauty endure and excel, even in light of the 16 years that have passed since the original’s arrival,” wrote Kevin VanOrd. “It is a huge universe out there, but Homeworld Remastered Collection makes a great case for asserting your presence within it.”