February 25th. That's it. That's the day when Gearbox will release the Homeworld Remastered Collection with its two made-over, fancied-up re-releases of Relic's wonderful spaceborne real-time strategy games. After a long but comfortable silence, Gearbox this weekend announced a release date and, gosh oh golly, a trailer with a look at its new look. It is pretty. I'd say it looks as good as I remember Homeworld looking in the first place, which means the Remasters impressively can equal the sludgy haze of nostalgia, memory, and imagination.
They Remastered Collection gives Homeworld 1 and 2 new models, new textures, new special effects, new recordings from the voice cast, remade cinematics, and a remastered score. The original versions are included too, for purists.
And it's turning multiplayer into a separate thing that combines the best of both, so they can form one single playerbase. "Competitive multiplayer modes for Homeworld and Homeworld 2 have been joined to offer players access to races, maps and game modes from both games in one integrated multiplayer experience," Gearbox explain. That won't be finished at launch, though. It'll still be in beta when the Remastered Collection launches, with all owners allowed in, as Gearbox dabble in testing and collect player feedback.
The Homeworld Remastered Collection will cost £26.99 when it launches.