A ground-based RTS prequel to the classic Homeworld games. Assemble your fleet and lead them to victory on the shifting sands of Kharak in this compelling strategy game for PC from Blackbird Interactive.
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Release Date: Jan 20, 2016

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June 21

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Now Available For Mac!

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is now available for Mac! Play the Campaign or online Multiplayer with enemies on both PC and Mac.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a ground-based RTS prequel to the classic Homeworld games. Assemble your fleet and lead them to victory on the shifting sands of Kharak in this compelling strategy game for PC from Blackbird Interactive.

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June 16

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Update Rolling Out June 16th, 2016

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- Added Polish Language Support
- Minor Fixes to Shift login

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About This Game

HOMEWORLD: DESERTS OF KHARAK

A ground-based RTS prequel to the classic Homeworld games. Assemble your fleet and lead them to victory on the shifting sands of Kharak in this compelling strategy game. Crafted by Blackbird Interactive, a studio founded by veterans of Homeworld and Company of Heroes, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak takes players to the deserts of Kharak where danger lurks over every dune.

EXPERIENCE AN ORIGIN STORY
In Deserts of Kharak’s campaign, an anomaly is discovered deep in the southern desert. An expedition is sent, but the story is not that simple. Discover the story of Rachel S'jet as she leads her people on a quest to find their destiny in an exciting campaign.

HEAVY DUTY HARDWARE
Take control of fleets of land and air vehicles – from nimble light attack vehicles to massive heavyweight cruisers – built to conquer the desert.

MASSIVE ENVIRONMENTS
Fight your way across massive dune seas, deep craters, and hostile canyons in sprawling maps – all in unprecedented fidelity and scale.

TACTICAL COMBAT
Position your fleet to take advantage of the high ground or create ambushes across dune lines in terrestrial combat. Attack your enemies’ resource operations, or assault their military head-on.

STRATEGIC DECISIONS
Meaningful choices in resource management, fleet composition, and technology research directly impact your chances of survival.

ONLINE MULTIPLAYER
Compete online solo or with friends in a variety of game modes, including ranked play, to rise through the ranks and become the most powerful Fleet Captain on Kharak.


Before you can find your Homeworld, you must first unlock the secrets of the desert.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1 GHz) / AMD A10 5800k (3.8 GHz)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 440 (1024 MB) / Radeon HD 4890 (1024 MB)
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-950 (3.0 GHz) / AMD FX-4300 (3.8 GHz)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 770 (2048 MB) / Radeon HD 7770 (1024 MB)
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.10.5 (Yosemite)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470S
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 640M
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4570
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 755M
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
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Siinz
21.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
Great game. One of the better RTS out there. Also the campaign poses a good challenge with standard RTS multiplayer.
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gathonar
11.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
So far this has been a good game 8 or 9 levels in I have found not big issues...
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TheVan
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
One word; AWESOME!
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bigkev411
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
one of the most superior games I have ever played, great storyline almost had that last days of Krypton feeling. The action is great I never got bored at all.I hope they come out with Homeworld 3
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CptnProton
21.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Very good Storytelling, interesting Missions.
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Lt Shiv
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
This prequel installment of the homeworld series breaks from the roots of 3d space operatic RTS to create a strongly hard-counter based land RTS. Balance is slightly asymmetrical- not all options available to one faction are available to others. DLC factions are interesting takes and variations on the core ones and not merely cosmetic. Those familiar with previous homeworld titles will find the interface minimally adjusted with the exception of updates and elimination of 3d movement as this is a ground RTS with limited air units.
Combats are quick, brutal, and and based on a mix of micromanagment and unit choice. Reacting to your opponent or opponents with the right units in the right place is critical to success. Spamming one unit type will get you defeated in a hurry, even against the AI. Campaign is good, builds tension, and feels right at home in the lore of homeworld. It might not be the game we asked for, or even realized we could want, but it manages some cool things on simple mechanics and sharp visuals. Ongoing support is hoped for, would like to see some full-scale expansion pack type stuff in addition to the optional but more than window trimming DLC's we've gotten thus far. Those not into dropping additional cash for DLC could likely hold out for the big box pack or a steam sale- game comes in at a fairly low base price to begin with, and on sale, well worth the price of admission.
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jsa1148
19.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
game sucks do not spend the money until the game is improved...no clear instructions on how to play. want my money back
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birrhan
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Clunky controls and capricious AI make this game too difficult to enjoy.
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theoblivinator1
261.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
This is a fun game.
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lud83
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
ok game - nice graphics, nice design, but misses everthing that made homeworld so special. No 3d Space - No "what you attack me from above, bottom, left, right, back front, bottom and all the diagonals???!!

basically your average standart RTS along the line of Ground Control, C&C etc....

can't really recommend nor hate. I love the desert and the Homeworld franchise and designs, the challange and novelty of the original are missing however.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Damnit why can't the story go on ...
Best RTS story I have played in years, especially since I was a homeworld 1,2 fankid.
Anyways Loved it! skirmish time now :)
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This game in it's current state I can not reccomend under any citcumstances for a price of 45€!

Why?
It does not meet the standards of modern RTS games in any way. Let me give you a list of missing features that make this game absolutely annoying:

-- first and foremost, no remappable keys!! I gather from the forum these have been requested like 5 month ago and not implemented yet. This is MOST BASIC STANDARD as default controls are spread all across the keyboard and you ned like 3 hands to play the game properly.

-- Not possible to skip the cutscenes. This becomes utterly annoying when you play at hard and have to replay missions...

-- NO MINIMAP??? You have to toggle some sort of overview hitting space bar!

-- AI is nonexistant, difference between hard/easy are just endless waves of enemies who obviously need no ressource managment.

-- Also AI can pass impassable terrain. You set up a proper devensive position and then a scripted attack comes trough a Mountain behind you... just incredibly dumb!

--Ingame menu is hidden on top left image, NOT on ESC button like on 99,999999% of all other games!! Who designed this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ UI?!

-- No updates ever, as far as I have seen??

-- Missions are incredibly small maps, short and easy even on hard difficulty, due the the nonexistant AI. You just need to set up long range railgun devense with several of repair and none ever comes even remotely close to you.

-- very small unit variety (like only 10 diff. units) and the other faction has exactly the same ones with different names... very uncreative!

pros:
+ Nice graphics when you put everthing to max
+ Storyline seems ok
+ persistant units from mossino to mission (makes it extremely easy tho!)


All in all the gaps and missing features one would expect for a game of 2016 are way too big. So I really can not recommend this game even I a really would have loved too, since there ain't many good RTS games around anymore.

I guess this is the first game I will send in for refund, since I'm still below 2hrs, and I don't suppose it's getting any better from what I read in the forums.

*update:
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well seems you can only return games below 2hrs gameplay AND within 14 days and I'm above that. So I guess I have too keep it. Nevertheless I would not recommend to buy it unless it's like ~5€

Having it played trough now I can say it's extremely short, easy, with small maps and super dumb endless scripted AI waves. They just stop once you reach the assigned goal. Bevore that wave after wave gets pured out of the enemy ships... and reked on my already elite devenders, since you take them with you from mission to mission.

Graphic designers did a sweet job, programmers were lazy f*cks and completely failed in like anything... totally not worth carrying the brand "Homeworld"

They spent way too much time and effort into the 50 Steam achievements than in making a proper game for 2016.

Also reading trough the comments I guess lots of them are nonsense and look like fake/bought ones to push the games status. Sadly only the negative ones really reflect the shallow and totally lacking gameplay...
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
The game is great. At least the campaign is, I almost never play multiplayer in strategy games.

Original Homeworld was one of the kind and this is a great prequel to its story. Almost everything is just like I wanted in the game about the expedition that eventually led to Homeworld. Story, dialogue, cutscenes are beatifully done. Graphics are nice - I couldn't believe it is a Unity based game.

Gameplay was inspired by Ground Control series which is very good thing in my opinion.

The only thing I didn't like that they made a tech guide (basically a lore thing telling about the game world) a paid DLC.

I recommend the game to any Homeworld fan who is interested in what happened before the classic game and every strategist who likes Ground Control games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Great game. One of the better RTS out there. Also the campaign poses a good challenge with standard RTS multiplayer.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Didn't quite give me the same chills that Homeworld gave me, but less cheese than Homeworld 2 campaign. Overall, if you're a fan of Homeworld you can't really go past this as a continuation of the franchise. Would have loved to see a longer campaign and some larger maps, but the gameplay feels taught and the sense of scale is fantastic. 8.5/10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
The truth is that I would recommend this game, but not at this price. There is just not enough here to justify the price.

The game is beautiful. The gameplay is lots of fun. The campaign is short but very good.

But...

There is no multiplayer community at all. Skirmishes lack some of the abilities and army size of the campaign game, plus the AI is terrible. The DLC is extremely expensive for what is basically nothing but reskins of the factions already in game, and the 2 factions that are in game are basically the same faction with some minor ability changes and build orders.

What was done is masterful, fun and polished... and it's not that I don't want to play it, I really do. There's just not enough of it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Regardless of whether you played and appreciated the original series, this is a very fun campaign. The story is excellent, and the battles are a lot of fun to coordinate.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Thank you for making this game a reality. It's everything I've been waiting for since Homeworld 2, 13 years ago. It plays and feels like a Homeworld game, so thank you for bringing me and everyone else back into the Homeworld universe. Please continue to expand on this IP.

Next time though, please bring back unit formations and include a system that allows you to easily position units on top of sand dunes (if we're still going to be in the desert).

In the last few years I've been itching for a *real* RTS game with an interesting storyline. Today I got one. Time to play through the campaign again.

Oh, and one more thing. To anyone out there saying that the main campaign is too short and not worth the full price of $60 - Deserts of Kharak was a very well paced game that wasn't dragged out too much. I found it to be the perfect length. Not every game has to be 200 hours worth of play time and I'm glad this wasn't.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
I loved the original HomeWorld and HW2 back in the day, this is really reminiscent of that with a new story and plot. If you liked the 1st two, then you'll like this one.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Storyline was fine but I did not like the user interface at all. Very disapointing. Played a total of 6 hours and uninstalled.
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