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Homeworld: Cataclysm re-emerges as Emergence

Homeworld: Cataclysm, the standalone expansion to Relic’s splendid spacefaring strategy game, has popped up on GOG after years of not being sold anywhere. Though the original Homeworld and its sequel were rereleased and remastered in 2015, playing Cataclysm has been the preserve of pirates and that ‘physical media’ rabble. No more! Homeworld: Cataclysm can be yours for £7, though it is now renamed Homeworld: Emergence because Blizzard have since swiped the “Cataclysm” trademark for that World of Warcraft expansion.

Cataclysm wasn’t made by Relic but rather Barking Dog Studios, who went on to make Bully and become Rockstar Vancouver then, er, be shut down and merged into Rockstar Toronto.

How come Gearbox didn’t fancy up Cataclysm when they remastered Homeworlds 1 and 2? Because they didn’t know where/if anyone had its source code.

“It really comes down to finding the original source code,” Gearbox’s Brian Martel told The Escapist in 2015. “If somebody out there has it, we would take it and make sure we at least released the classic version.”

This release hasn’t been fancied up but hey, it is at least available.

Homeworld: Emergence will usually cost £7.79 on GOG but a launch discount brings it to £6.99. GOG have also started selling the planetbound spin-off Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, bopping up it for £10.19 right now. The Homeworld Remastered Collection is on sale too, down to £9.19. While Remastered and Deserts are both on Steam too and on sale there as well, Homeworld: Emergence is only on GOG right now.

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