Homeworld 3 Release Date, Trailer, And Gameplay – What We Know So Far

Real-time strategy science fiction series “Homeworld” has enthralled players as the first entry rolled out back in 1999. The game is popular for its gripping graphics, detailed environments, a diverse range of spaceships, and innovative gameplay, “Homeworld” shifted the strategy genre on its head, gaining a “Must-Play” designation from Metacritic. Two titles followed, and a numbered sequel as well from the developer that built up the IP, Relic Entertainment, in 2003.

However, the franchise has switched hands more than once, it saw a revival in 2016 with the kick-off of “Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak,” a prequel to the original game.

 

Homeworld 3
Homeworld 3

While not as well-received as its predecessor, “Deserts of Kharak” managed to gain a reasonable Metacritic score of 79, pulling interest back to the long-side-lined series. With the rights now under the ownership of Gearbox Software (“Borderlands,” “Brother in Arms”), the company carried out the release of the prequel by announcing “Homeworld 3” in 2019, which brought much joy to fans. 

Here’s what we have known so far about the gameplay.

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When Will Homeworld 3 Be Released?

As part of the “Homeworld 3” reveal, Gearbox rolled out an official Fig campaign to assist the fund the development of the game. The campaign rocked its objective, by raising a fund of more than $1,500,000 and, as per developer Blackbird Interactive’s CEO Rob Cunningham, establishing a record for the highest “average Fig campaign contribution” the platform had experienced at that time.

Blackbird has continued to provide updates to supporters on the team’s progress in the subsequent years, along with giving a development deadline. Based on that roadmap, “Homeworld 3” is still in the Production Stage, with Alpha, Beta, Release Candidate, and roll out all scheduled to follow.

However, the sequel is still pending to make it into testing, Gearbox and Blackbird have given potential players a release target. According to the official website, “Homeworld 3” will launch at some time in the fourth quarter of this year, which means you should be entitled to purchase it between October and December of 2022.

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While the funding push has come to an end, you can also pre-order the follow-up on Fig, or add it to your Wishlist on Steam. Further, along with a digital copy of the game, pre-ordering on Fig arrives with access to the Backer-only Discord and early access to “Homeworld Mobile.”

Is There a Trailer for Homeworld 3?

Two trailers have been shared by Gearbox for “Homeworld 3”, an announcement Trailer, and a First Look Trailer of the Gameplay. The former launched back in 2019, whereas the latter was released during The Game Awards 2021. Both have a runtime of nearly two minutes and explain what can be expected by players from the real-time strategy title.

Underlined by moody sound design and thorough shots of its extraplanar setting, the Announce Trailer revolves around a recon team that consists of three spaceships. The pilots interact with each other since their vessels come closer to a glowing quantum leap gate. Brief shots of a long-haired woman (who fans will possibly identify as Karan S’jet from “Homeworld” and “Homeworld 2”) linked to several tubes and floating in a chamber flash by, followed by the “Homeworld 3” logo.

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The First Look Trailer of Gameplay gives a similar environment, bolstered by detailed shots of multiple of the game’s environments. Audiences also get a great glance at the new and returning ship designs and a few more glances of Karan, the woman from the Announce Trailer. Since the scenes are unveiled, a female voiceover recalls memories from the history of “Homeworld,” which also includes the Kar-Toba, the Guidestone, and the Diamond Shoals, before asking the length of time that has gone over. The voice ends on a doomy note saying “No, not so long … but not long enough.

What Is the Gameplay Like in Homeworld 3?

As mentioned on the official website, the happenings of the “true standalone game” reveal hundreds of years after “Homeworld 2.” By this moment, Karan and her actions have changed more into myth instead of reality, while she will contribute a chief role in saving the galaxy from an awful fate connected to the failing Hyperspace gates. “Homeworld 3” commits to withhold the franchise’s legacy with action on a bigger scale than ever before. Players can suppose space combat rivals the most epic “Star Wars” battles, 3D terrains, and fresh environments.

Blackbird Interactive has also added new features to ‘deepen the series’ engrossing strategy gameplay. The list consists of entirely simulated ballistics, consistent fleets and ship scarring, battleground communication having important information, 1v1 team fights against AI or human opponents, and a “co-op mode with a roguelike twist.” During fleet combat, players will have to compete with more than just rivals, but also dangerous events and environmental details like particle storms.

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