The Hardware Trailer Is Very Pretty, Mysterious

By Jim Rossignol on April 2nd, 2013 at 8:00 pm.


You might remember that we previously revealed upcoming vehicular RTS Hardware from former Homeworld devs, and were quite intrigued by what we learned. We were also excited to see very large vehicles spitting out smaller vehicles.

The teaser trailer below STILL doesn’t really tell us enough about the game, other than it has peerless art. Go take a look.

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    VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    Nice concept art. I wonder what the game will look like?

  2. boldin says:

    Hey, it has big vehicles, small vehicles, shipwrecks, dunes and a tapir looking guy in a gas mask.
    Any way you look at it it’s a must buy, so no mystery here at all.

    • peterako1989 says:

      According to their website its “an ambitious and original sci-fi social strategy game” that its going to be F2P.

      yeah i got pissed too.

  3. Ross Angus says:

    I’m getting a strong Chris Foss vibe.

  4. Archipelagos says:

    That’s one gorgeous art style. Reminds me of Daniel Dociu’s work on Guild Wars. Really curious to see how it turns out.

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      FriendlyFire says:

      Rob Cunningham did amazing art before ArenaNet was founded. Just check out the gorgeous Homeworld concept art and the cutscenes!

  5. rustybroomhandle says:

    All I know is that I have seen off-putting keywords mentioned in articles about this, like “social” and “browser-based”.

    • Berzee says:

      Thank you for saving me a click.

      Wait, I clicked to post this comment and will need to click again to submit it. DANGIT.

      Thank you for costing me a click.

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      Gap Gen says:

      Also it’s gained an unnecessary colon subtitle. Although maybe they figured calling a game HARDWARE isn’t great for search engine optimisation.

      • Jekhar says:

        Maybe they felt they needed the distinction, so the slumbering fans of Hardwar wouldn’t be woken.

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      FriendlyFire says:

      It’s using Unity, which means it can run in a browser. If that’s putting you off, then I hope you avoid Torment, Project Eternity, Wasteland 2 and a bunch more because they all run on Unity and thus could trivially become “browser” games.

      FWIW they’ve said that the game would be available on other platforms (pretty sure Steam’s one of them) too.

  6. mandrill says:

    It’s not Homeworld 3 though…

  7. tobecooper says:

    Very reminiscent of Homeworld in every element (music, style of the narration, style of the cut-scene, sad narrator, music, machine designs, logo, damn everything). I’m hopeful despite not seeing a single ounce of gameplay in this trailer (as was already pointed out and will be many more times).

  8. yaster says:

    Free2Play!?!? I am in tears.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      Free2play doesn’t necessarily mean bad.

      Dota 2 and TF2 are Free2Play (Admittedly TF2 was produced with a normal payment structure in mind, and went Free 2 Play later)

      But I think judgement is best reserved for when we see some proper Footage.

      Pretty intriguing concept art/ideas though

      • The Infamous Woodchuck says:

        And so is Planetside 2,Tribes: Ascend, MWO and many other popular games right now so yeah, F2P games aren’t all that bad, not at all.

        now, the problem lies with the “social” part, there’s not a single game that i can think of that can be good when its devs market it as so. All of Facebook is an example.. and also Sim City… especially Sim City….

        • LionsPhil says:

          Unfortunately, MWO has pretty much fallen head-first into a septic tank full of F2P horrors with its mouth wide open.

          The good news is that it’s also become as buggy as hell, so the new purchasable, consumable airstrikes and artillery don’t actually work properly. (Nor does much else, at the moment.)

        • P.Funk says:

          Are you crazy? Tribes Ascend has gutted the good tribes name and turned it into a watered down mainstream parody of itself, while MW:O is singlehandedly responsible for forcibly shutting down one of the single greatest and most polished and realized end user mods ever seen – Mechwarrior Living Legends.

          Planetside 2 is the only defensible one and even that is very meh compared to what it could be sans mainstream F2P crap that clogs its tantalizing mega scale pores.

          Besides which everyone who played TF2 back when we thought there’d be more chance of seeing HL Ep. 3 than Duke Nukem Forever released knows intuitively that F2P is the worst thing that ever happened to TF2. It ruined it. Its arguably the best F2P shooter out there. Its system offers nearly 0 advantage to buying in any way shape or form. The economy is easily fully exploited without ever dropping a penny. I even managed to buy steam games with TF2 items thanks to the new market, but deep down we all know that TF2 was a superior game without the F2P and so what does that leave us with?

          The best iteration of F2P effectively ruined one of the better FPS team games of the last decade that proved to all the CoD fans that you can play as a team and still get hilarious frags? Yea pretty much.

          The best possible reality for F2P is still worse than single payment licensing with dedicated server support. Period.

          As someone who has been gaming since Quake was a preview in PC Gamer; who remembers reading about the murder of Lord British in a column of Greenspeake in the back of an old copy of Computer Gaming World he has lying around somewhere, and who remembers the previews of the Xbox that read “Will this kill PC Gaming?”, I can say I see the differences between F2P and traditional models for FPS games and the like. Its just crap.

          How can we laude and defend a change which effectively exists purely for the exploitation of consumer impatience and vanity and does absolutely nothing to enrich gameplay while consistently eroding gameplay however minimally? TF2 players used to loathe F2P weekends on steam because suddenly the teamwork was crap and nobody knew how to play. Its now become one never ending Free Weekend on TF2, and we all deep down inside know that we liked it better before, even if we can live off our favourite list. Its just a different culture, and its not a better culture.

          • Phasma Felis says:

            Did anyone tell Mechwarrior: Living Legends that it was “forcibly shut down”? ‘Cause it doesn’t look like it was.

      • Phasma Felis says:

        Free2Play doesn’t necessarily mean bad, but it always means “not as good as it should have been.” To make an F2P game, you start by building a complete game with well-balanced progression, and then twist the dial towards “frustratingly slow” for anyone who’s not inserting money on a regular basis.

        Another thing that F2P means is “multiplayer”, and that usually means “no real plot or story arc,” which means that the achingly compelling story implied by that trailer is a filthy lie. Here’s hoping they’ll take cues from a handful of recent games like Demon’s Souls and The Old Republic and keep the “social” side optional and in the background.

  9. Iokanaan says:

    what will we build there? what the hell will we build there?

  10. rustybroomhandle says:

    Isn’t the demographic that would squeeee at the words ‘former Homeworld devs’ the exact same demographic that would run for the hills at the words ‘free to play’?

    • Snargelfargen says:

      Pretty much. In any case, the F2P model is a poor fit for RTS games where balance and a decent PvE experience is essential for admitting new players. The defunct AoE 3 had some glaring balance issues unless the player was willing to drop serious cash.

      Gorgeous art tho’

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      FriendlyFire says:

      You mean the people who love Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, Planetside 2 and more?

      “Free to play” is a business model, not an indicator of game type or quality.

      • Corrupt_Tiki says:

        As a hardcore player of dota 2, who has spent nothing on the game (Because I am cheapskate communist) Dota 2 is probably one of the more balanced/polished games I’ve played in a long time; though, it is only ONE map but still.

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          Vandelay says:

          Dota2 only sells cosmetic items and tournament viewing passes for ludicrous amounts. Valve have proved before with TF2 that their fans are willing to spend those large sums, but I’m not sure how many other companies are in the same position (I do wonder whether Valve are making much money from the store. I expect they are hoping most revenue will come from sponsorship deals for tournaments.) Dota2 also seems to be one of the very few exceptions of an F2P not selling items that actual effect gameplay.

          Until the developers say that they are only selling cosmetic items, I think people are completely right to be skeptical of a F2P RTS.

  11. reggiep says:

    If this was a movie, I’d be interested. As an RTS though, I’m skeptical.

  12. Splynter says:

    This art-style/cutscene style was gorgeous back in 1998. 15 years later it still is. It also reminds me of how great the voice-overs in Homeworld were, and I think I’m going to need to re-install. Anybody know how it runs with Windows 8?

  13. Muzman says:

    Quick review: “WOW!”

  14. WHS says:

    Hey guys, this game has NOTHING TO DO with Homeworld.

    I mean, it looks like Homeworld, sounds like Homeworld, has the same logo as Homeworld, is about a guy who wants to return from a desert planet with buried starships to his home (world, presumably), and is made by the same people as Homeworld.

    But seriously, nothing to do with Homeworld at all. Totally separate game.

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      Gap Gen says:

      I’d love it if just after the intro the game was like “j/k, Homeworld reboot.”

    • WHS says:

      I forgot “seems to be about giant vehicles crossing a desolate expanse with other giant vehicles stored in their hulls, collecting and hoarding resources on the way,” which is another way this game is nothing like Homeworld at all.

    • Krouv says:

      There’s one wreck that has a design with three dots on it, exactly like the hyperdrive in Homeworld 2.

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    Gap Gen says:

    The desert must have played hell with the protagonist’s vocal chords. Maybe you can use the microtransactions to pay for cough sweets.

  16. CMaster says:

    It really does look close to being a Homeworld prequel.
    Which isn’t actually a bad idea.

  17. Orbital_Armada says:

    In that January interview they said the closed beta would be in March. I hope this isn’t indicative of some larger delay; I want to play!

  18. Krouv says:

    By the way, the Chinese characters on the wing mean “the long march”… The long march back home? God, this makes me giddy. It looks like it will have extreme size scale differences à la Supreme Commander. Huge truck coming out of bigger trucks makes the 6 year old in me cry tears of liquid joy.

    • Archangel says:

      The Chinese have named many of their rockets “Long March”. It’s a reference to a military maneuver during the Chinese Communist Revolution.

  19. omicron1 says:

    God, this makes me want Homeworld back so much… :(

    Well, “HardWare” is damn close to “HomeWorld.” Maybe?

  20. Hogni Gylfason says:

    “With the money, I’ll finally be able to return home…” should have continued “… to Higaara, to my homeworld”. I developed goosebumbs, anticipating it.

    Awesome concept art. Details to follow?

  21. wodin says:

    FREE TO PLAY Social sci fi game..AAA and social games hybrid..no thanks..go read their webpage at the sort of game it will be and the sort of games they want to make..yuck

    ““Blackbird is a private, independent game studio headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company was founded in 2007 and began operations in 2010 with an ambitious and original sci-fi social strategy game entitled HARDWARE. The founders are a team of experienced and successful video game industry veterans including senior EA staff and founders of Relic Entertainment.

    Our goal is to serve a new market by merging AAA and casual gaming. We aim to deliver high quality free-to-play platform-agnostic content worldwide and become a leader in creating immersive experiences for an ever more demanding and selective audience.”

    • mandrill says:

      The text on that website is basically game developer website boilerplate and is there to fill investor’s heads with the buzzwords du jour. I’m pretty certain that if you sat down with the actual people making the game there would be some interesting ideas there.

      Don’t damn a game before we’ve even seen gameplay solely based on the copy churned out by some marketing wonk on their website.

      • peterako1989 says:

        its free to play, what else can be said? every single F2P game i played, no matter the genre, the setting or the promise ended up being the same. grind, grind, grind or pay for less grind. the same formula everywhere. I came to a point where i know exactly what to expect when i hear F2P no matter the promise or what the devs have to say, a game with no single player.

  22. Ender7 says:

    All my excitement died when the words “free to play”, “casual” and “social” appeared.

  23. Tei says:

    Looks like homeworld, but better, because is a new thing.

    Looking forward for this :D

  24. G_Man_007 says:

    Know then that it is the year 10,191. The Cylon War is long over, the Long Night has fallen. This is the way it began, that extraordinary night. The night he came. The name of the place, is Babylon 5…

    Looks like Arrakis. Nice concept art; sharp and bright.

  25. peterako1989 says:

    so, a new fancy facebook game? no thanks.

  26. Strangerator says:

    Tonka trucks are serious business.

    If this is half as fun as Blast Corps on N64, count me in.

    Alas, they have used the “social” and “casual” tags. As pretty as this is, I will take their word that it will absolutely not be a good game. Granted, it takes balls to come out and say, “this is going to suck.” Shows a lot of confidence. Best of luck to them.

  27. Jambe says:

    I really hope this isn’t just another multiplayer-only online-only deal.

    I really really hope.

    • Iskariot says:

      I am sorry to disappoint you but they call it a ‘social game’.
      So that means always online, multi player only and casual, very casual.

      Personally I am not at all interested in casual social games.

  28. Wetcoaster says:

    I don’t really get a Homeworld vibe from it aside from the industrial design and the colours. The real inspiration to me feels like the old TTA (Terran Trade Authority) books by Stewart Cowley that created a space opera setting largely as an excuse to show off the work of science fiction artists. Hands down, the single best book of the lot was SpaceWreck. My elementary school (in the mid 90’s) had a well-worn near-disintegrating copy that I must have checked out dozens of times.

    http://www.khantazi.org/Rec/TTABooks/ImageRef.html

    That rusted out cylinder of a ship 24 seconds in?

    I would be stunned if it wasn’t inspired by this haunting image:

    http://www.fourandnine.me.uk/2010/11/jancis-jo.html
    http://www.khantazi.org/Rec/TTABooks/FlDefCon4_2.jpg
    http://www.khantazi.org/Rec/TTABooks/FlDefCon4_1.jpg

  29. Grey_Ghost says:

    Is this trailer hinting at some sort of campaign / story mode gameplay? That probably would be the only thing to get me truly interested in this game.

  30. Azhrarn says:

    Saw this trailer a couple of days ago on Destructoid, was very excited until I noticed that it was a “Social” RTS game. That destroyed my enthusiasm. :(
    I want a single-player game with a deep story like homeworld, not a forced multiplayer one.

  31. Iskariot says:

    Casual, social game….

    This one is off my list!

  32. MeestaNob says:

    Disproportionately excited to ‘meh’ in a couple of paragraphs. Free to play is garbage, but I hope this is the exception.

  33. P4p3Rc1iP says:

    “In this persistent multiplayer game, players command a fleet of massive vehicles as they explore, salvage and fight for fortune and survival in the world’s first planetary-scale social strategy game.”

    Hmm…

  34. xx says:

    Gotta love all the people who say “not gonna play it because it’s free2play/casual/social” without even seeing a ounce of gameplay footage let alone actually trying the game. Thanks for ridding that game’s community of bad apples.

    To anyone with a lick of sense:
    Social = you have to deal with others, it isn’t a SP game, if that means raiding other scavengers or helping them in some way I have no clue.
    Casual = derp… there is almost no game out there today that does not allow casual play, get over yourselves (this coming from a 7 year old EVE-Online veteran who’s seen more real PVP than most of the guys crying foul of the word “casual”)
    Free to play = free to access, god knows how they’ll monetize and we do not know enough to say anything about the game in one way or another. Also to anyone saying F2P = grind, tell us more how P2P themeparks are not gear grinds ad nausea with patches pushing the top level gear up ever farther so you’re never done grinding.

  35. Dances to Podcasts says:

    I hope this turns out great and you all miss it because you’re scared of WORDS.

  36. Shadowcat says:

    Matryoshka trucks?

  37. sergefr says:

    Wow awasome thanks :)