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Release Date: Jan 20, 2016

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HOMEWORLD: DESERTS OF KHARAK EXPEDITION GUIDE
This companion application to Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak features detailed backstory and lore to the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Operation Khadiim, the expedition to the Jaraci Object. Learn more about the people, military equipment and the planet of Kharak.

Briefing Contents:

  • Geographical and environmental overview of Kharak.
  • Historical briefing on the kiithid (clans) of Kharak.
  • Details of past and present military operations.
  • Biographies of mission personnel.
  • Interactive 3D Vehicle Manifest for Coalition and Gaalsien Forces.
  • 3D Interactive Planetary Map.
  • Personal Journals of Chief Science Officer Rachel S’jet


Bonus Section: Exclusive ‘Making-of’ Content

  • Evolution of Blackbird Interactive: From Garage to Hangar
  • Evolution of a World: From Hardware to Homeworld
  • Game Design Pillars: Including voice commentary from the Lead Game Designer
  • Filming the NIS’s and Building the Animatics
  • Concept and Storyboard Galleries

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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Mostly Positive (35 reviews)
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RAG DOLL
Posted: May 14
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RɅGNɅRǑK
Posted: May 13
The best supplementary material for a game that Ive seen, and worth it for the lore alone. If you are into the Homeworld universe its a must have. If you are just getting into the Homeworld universe its a great place to start, and I highly recommend reading through this material before you play the game. While its not needed to understand the game itself, it will give you a much deeper appreciation for the setting and many events in the game.
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blackrook32
Posted: April 9
This takes me back to the old Homeword (1999) Guide. This really complete the immersive experience, I felt all those years ago. Thanks to the Devs for creating a rich background, expanding on what is known about Kharak's complicated history.
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AFK
Posted: March 27
On the one hand, I have to recommend this, because it's the game's manual. That is literally what the executable calls itself. On the other hand, this shouldn't be DLC at all, let alone paid DLC, because it's the bloody manual. It should be included, at no extra cost, with purchase of the "base game", like manuals used to be.

Okay. Rant over. If you have to have the complete set, go ahead and pick this up. If you don't... well, get it anyway, but hold out for at least half off.
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JediSquid
Posted: February 24
A must have for any Homeworld fan.
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Kapella
Posted: February 21
how to enter the guide? double clicked DoK_Manual.exe in TechnicalManual folder and nothing happened. win10 64bit
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REAPER
Posted: February 9
I love homeworld and been playing it since I was a wee lad. I've also spent a lot of time reading the backstory and really enjoyed the manuals of the old games. I liked the guide a lot, however I don't think people should pay for it. To hardcore fans this is rivitting but honestly I can't reccomend buying it full price.
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Boskov01
Posted: February 9
For those unfamiliar with Homeworld Lore, this is definately an excellent purchase. It's not an instruction manual but it does give players a background on the people of Kharak, told from the Kushan's point of view (Kushan is the collective name for Kharak's inhabitants btw.) The app details the various Kushan Clans (called Kiithid), details the last 1000 years of Kharak history, as well as some vital lore that comes into play in the actual game. Also availible is the ability to get close up views and descriptions of the various units in the game. The only unit missing is the Coalition Assault Cruiser but that's it.

So if you're a Lore junkie like I am, this is a definate treasure trove of Homeworld Lore.
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SYLOH
Posted: January 26
Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it worth the money? No.
Part of my evaluation is to compare it to:
A) What has been previously included for free.
B) What other games are providing for free.

For A, compare it to the old manuals provided for free with Homeworld and Homeworld: Cataclysm. Aside from rotatable 3D models and behind the scenes, this DLC provides nothing more than either of those. They have roughly the same amount of text and images. Both flesh out the story to an equivalent degree. Though I find it particularly galling that LARGE CHUNKS OF TEXT ARE LIFTED FROM THE HOMEWORLD 1 MANUAL WITHOUT ANY ALTERATIONS. Compare the entire Kharkid Social Systems section to the same section in the original Homeworld manual. They are word for word identical in most places. Plagiarism from yourself is still plagiarism, ask any college professor.

Now I understand that this is the 21st Century, big expansive manuals are sadly an extinct breed. Which is why I want to compare it to other games, like StarCraft 2. StarCarft 2’s website provides additional lore and unit description. It contains backstory on location and includes additional short stories. It does this for free, you don’t even have to own the game. So why is none of this stuff available online?

What would make this thing worth it for me? A few options:
1) Cut the price at least in half and release it on android/IOS. If I’m already sitting at the computer I might as well just play the game, putting it on mobile would let me read up while I’m on the train or something. I’d pay 3 bucks for behind the scenes stuff.
2) Bundle it with the soundtrack for the same price.

Really the big reason I don’t recommend this is that it sets a bad precedent that is ultimately detrimental to the players and developers. Putting large chunks of lore behind a pay wall means that players don’t get to enjoy it and become less invested in the game series. Because the players are less invested, they’ll be less likely to buy more games in the series. The original Homeworld manual was what really got me invested in the universe of Homeworld, I wouldn’t be as great a fan of the series if it did not exist. I only bought this guide because I was already invested, a new player would be unlikely to buy it and become similarly invested in the future.
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raj
Posted: January 25
Its an offline wikipedia. Extremely detailed with storyline, videos, audio etc. A must buy if you are a big big Homeworld fan.
Music is good to enjoy reading it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
52 of 57 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: January 26
Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it worth the money? No.
Part of my evaluation is to compare it to:
A) What has been previously included for free.
B) What other games are providing for free.

For A, compare it to the old manuals provided for free with Homeworld and Homeworld: Cataclysm. Aside from rotatable 3D models and behind the scenes, this DLC provides nothing more than either of those. They have roughly the same amount of text and images. Both flesh out the story to an equivalent degree. Though I find it particularly galling that LARGE CHUNKS OF TEXT ARE LIFTED FROM THE HOMEWORLD 1 MANUAL WITHOUT ANY ALTERATIONS. Compare the entire Kharkid Social Systems section to the same section in the original Homeworld manual. They are word for word identical in most places. Plagiarism from yourself is still plagiarism, ask any college professor.

Now I understand that this is the 21st Century, big expansive manuals are sadly an extinct breed. Which is why I want to compare it to other games, like StarCraft 2. StarCarft 2’s website provides additional lore and unit description. It contains backstory on location and includes additional short stories. It does this for free, you don’t even have to own the game. So why is none of this stuff available online?

What would make this thing worth it for me? A few options:
1) Cut the price at least in half and release it on android/IOS. If I’m already sitting at the computer I might as well just play the game, putting it on mobile would let me read up while I’m on the train or something. I’d pay 3 bucks for behind the scenes stuff.
2) Bundle it with the soundtrack for the same price.

Really the big reason I don’t recommend this is that it sets a bad precedent that is ultimately detrimental to the players and developers. Putting large chunks of lore behind a pay wall means that players don’t get to enjoy it and become less invested in the game series. Because the players are less invested, they’ll be less likely to buy more games in the series. The original Homeworld manual was what really got me invested in the universe of Homeworld, I wouldn’t be as great a fan of the series if it did not exist. I only bought this guide because I was already invested, a new player would be unlikely to buy it and become similarly invested in the future.
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63 of 90 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: January 21
Got this *free* for pre-ordering.

The damn thing is basically a wiki app with a lot of background and lore. You shouldn't have to pay for this.
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50 of 70 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: January 21
You remember how the Homeworld 1 manual was the greatest thing since sliced bread? Well, this is that for a new era.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: February 9
I love homeworld and been playing it since I was a wee lad. I've also spent a lot of time reading the backstory and really enjoyed the manuals of the old games. I liked the guide a lot, however I don't think people should pay for it. To hardcore fans this is rivitting but honestly I can't reccomend buying it full price.
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49 of 79 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: January 21
I just think that it had to included in game, not dlc to pay. It just have additional background information of the game and making of game stuff which the 20c developers would included in manual.
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 21
First for those who are worried: This isn't needed to play the game in the slightest.
This isn't an instruction manual so there is no reason to complain "They should have included this with the game". It is truly "extra" material in all sense of the term, but damn if it's a good example of such.

What this IS, is an in-depth and extremely well written "lore guide" with ton of very nice material and in-depth description of the game universe and history, written by one of the original writers who worked on the original Homeworld. However, while the manual for homeworld was split between a lore and larger "how-to-play" section, this thing is dedicated ONLY to universe lore and development.
There's concept art, audio material and more that you just couldn't have in a paper manual.

This is literally a love letter sent to all fans of the series ever since the 1999 Homeworld 1 and should be a must-buy for those fans or even just fans who enjoy their game well-written in-depth universe lore. I never thought I'd say this for something like this,but with the amount of content in this small digital manual(ontop of a very nice development journal describing the game's own journey from Hardware to "Homeworld 3") but this thing IS worth the price asked for.

Seriously, this is comparable to those "Star Wars Universe Guidebook" you'd sometimes buy at libraries for 30$(when not more!) except it's not even a small PDF file, but literally a collection of not only concept art but rotatable 3D models, audio content and other such things you couldn't even have in a physical book. And all they're asking for this is only 5.99$(a still more than manageable 6.49$ if you are canadian like me).

Sure this is non-essential "extra" material, but damn is it well worth the price asked with all they've done with it for fans of Homeworld or of immersive lore in general, as well as those who enjoy "making-of" material which it is also rife with.
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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 21
Great little guide with plenty reading and extras. Its for those who wants to know more about the world of Homeworld and the development.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 23
This was a plesant suprise, and while I wonder a bit about the price tag, it's easily the greatest manual I've seen.

Plenty of information and content, there is a lot of history to the clans of Kharak.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: January 21
Why the hell is this not an android app? Make it happen BBI!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 21
This guide provides exhaustive backstory for both the setting and the game itself.

Valuable for true fans, and collectors, and anyone who likes concept art, which is wonderful.
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