Over two years after it was first announced, Homeworld 3 is back with a first gameplay trailer at The Game Awards. A sequel to the defining space RTS, Homeworld 3 will be releasing in Q4 2022.
The classic Homeworld space RTS series is set to continue, with Gearbox and developer Blackbird Interactive unveiling Homeworld 3. However, you won’t see the game any time soon, with a tentative Q4 2022 release date pencilled in for the game at this point.
Homeworld 3 is coming from Blackbird Interactive, a studio founded by a number of Relic developers that worked on the original games. Their first game eventually morphed into a sequel to the 3D space RTS, the planet-bound Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, but Homeworld 3 is going interstellar once more, allowing for the kinds of fully 3D combat and strategy that defined the original games. There’s a reason why Homeworld and Homeworld 2 are still held up as some of the best RTS games out there.
The development of this game started off in an unusual fashion. Gearbox had acquired the rights to Homeworld way back when THQ collapsed in 2013, eventually letting Blackbird to create a game within that universe. However, instead of simply greenlighting the new project, they took to crowdfunding platform Fig to seek player investment in the project at a very early stage, tapping into the enthusiasm and nostalgia of series fans.
However, that investment scheme was canned this year. Gearbox was acquired by Embracer Group (which funnily enough owns THQ Nordic and a boat load of other old THQ properties) in February 2021, and so Gearbox cancelled the investment side of the Fig campaign in June, before they took money from those that had pledged to invest and reap some of the rewards. The regular crowdfunding (effectively pre-orders) portion of the Fig campaign remains.
Anyway, it looks like Blackbird has been making great progress over the last two years. As a big fan of the original sci-fi setting that Relic created, I can’t wait to see more.