Gearbox has revealed that the Homeworld Remastered Collection will be releasing next month on February 25th.
You may recall last Thursday when we reported that Gearbox Software had plans to reveal new information about its much-anticipated Homeworld Remastered Collection at PAX South this past weekend. As promised, the company delivered, releasing the collection's first teaser trailer and revealing a release date. That's right, franchise fans. If you've been eagerly awaiting the re-release of these classic games, you can finally mark a date on your calendar: February 25th.
As exciting as it is to know when the game will be releasing however, the real treat from this reveal might just be footage from the new teaser. Most of what's show comes from the series' hand drawn cinematics and Homeworld 2. That said, the teaser also includes a brief snippet from the remastered edition of the original
Homeworld which, in a word, looks like a brand new game. In fact, according to Gearbox's Chris Faylor, the remastered editions of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 should now look nearly identical in terms of graphical quality. "We've strived to make sure both Homeworld Remastered and Homeworld 2 Remastered are of the same visual fidelity," he said, speaking to The Escapist.
The Remastered Collection will be bringing more to the table, however, than just shinier visuals. The new versions of the games will come packaged with a redesigned user-interface that was designed with "the original team" and scales "all the way up to 4K." The collection will also include the classic, unaltered versions of the games as well as free access to the Homeworld Remastered Multplayer Beta which will go live on the same day as the collection's February release. The new multiplayer experience will combine modes, maps and races from both Homeworld and Homeworld 2 to create a new "integrated multiplayer experience."
Gamers interested in purchasing the Homeworld Remastered Collection can pre-order it digitally through Steam. Gearbox also produced a spiffy physical collector's edition complete with a gorgeous model of the game's famous mothership. Unfortunately, the collector's edition is already sold out in North America, something that Faylor doesn't see changing anytime soon. "It's unlikely we'll be able to get more into production before launch due to the whole production pipeline of getting time at a factory and launch being just a month away," he said. As much as that stinks, we at least don't have to wait much longer to play the game.