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  Lead the expedition that started it all… Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
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12/16/2015
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Blackbird Interactive and Gearbox Software invite you to visit the deserts of Kharak in this new Homeworld story, where danger lurks behind every dune. Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is set for release on January 20th on Windows PC.

The planet is dying, but deep in the southern sands of Kharak, an anomaly has been discovered. Could Kharak’s salvation lie in the desert? Led by chief science officer Rachel S’jet, the Coalition of the Northern Kiithid sends an expedition deep within enemy-controlled territory to investigate the finding, which could forever alter the fate of humanity.

“When we signed this project in front of the crowd at the 2013 PAX Dev, Randy [Pitchford] spoke about Gearbox's commitment to quality entertainment and taking risks, and they have fully delivered on that message,” said Rob Cunningham, chief executive officer of Blackbird Interactive.  “All of us at Blackbird are super proud of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, and we owe it to the outstanding team at Gearbox. Words fail to describe how exciting it is to be releasing a new Homeworld game, deepening the story for both existing fans and a new audience alike."

“After more than a decade-long hiatus for Homeworld, it is an immense honor in the last year to launch two new entries in the Homeworld franchise: an incredible, critically acclaimed remastering of the original Homeworld games and now the all-new, ground-based, real-time-strategy game called Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software.  “This revival of Homeworld is possible not merely because of commitment within my studio at Gearbox Software, but is due to Rob and his crew at Blackbird, along with other key members of the original Homeworld team, who have come together to deliver a modern spin on the ground-based roots of the strategy genre with an epic story that takes us back to where the Homeworld saga began.”

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak features:

  • EXPERIENCE AN ORIGIN STORY

    Join Rachel S’jet as she leads an expedition to find salvation across an exciting campaign in this prequel from some of the original creators of  Homeworld and  Homeworld 2.

  • HEAVY-DUTY HARDWARE

    Take control of fleets occupying both land and air – from nimble light attack vehicles to massive heavyweight cruisers — and harness the abilities of your forces to conquer the desert.

  • MASSIVE ENVIRONMENTS

    Fight your way across dune seas, deep craters, and the vast, hostile canyons of Kharak. In order to succeed, your style of play will have to adapt and change to meet new environments and new challenges.

  • 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 will directly impact your chances of survival.

  • ONLINE MULTIPLAYER

    Compete solo or with friends to achieve a variety of win conditions. Rise through the ranks to become the most powerful Fleet Captain on Kharak in competitive play.

For more information about  Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, visit  www.desertsofkharak.com .

About Blackbird Interactive:

Founded in 2010, Blackbird Interactive is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is built by founding members of Relic Entertainment. Development started on a sci-fi,  Homeworld-inspired game called  Hardware. With the acquisition of the Homeworld license, Gearbox Software partnered with Blackbird Interactive to bring a new, true-to-form title to the series.

For more information about Blackbird Interactive, visit --  http://blackbirdinteractive.com/

About Gearbox Software:

Gearbox Software is respected industry-wide for award-winning, best-selling video games developed for all major video game platforms. Founded in 1999 and headquartered near Dallas, TX, Gearbox Software is well known for the creation, development, and management of its original blockbuster video game franchises including the critically acclaimed, award-winning Brothers in Arms franchise and the record-breaking, genre-setting Borderlands franchise. In addition to having developed video games in some of the world's greatest video game brands, including Half-Life and Halo, Gearbox Software has also acquired and produced content for powerful, landmark intellectual property, including Duke Nukem and Homeworld. Gearbox Software’s success has been supported through many key and mutually beneficial business relationships with the world's greatest video game platform and publishing partners including Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Valve/Steam, Apple, and Take-Two/2K.

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