Homeworld 3, last set for a Q2 2023 release, won’t be setting sail for the stars until February 2024 at the earliest.
This space-based RTS was announced back in 2019 and was originally going to be released in Q4 2022. But it was then delayed till the first half of 2023. However, developer Blackbird Interactive and publisher Gearbox Publishing have confirmed it’s been delayed again.
The new release window is February 2024, giving Blackbird an extra eight months or so to work on it. According to the statement Blackbird tweeted out, the developer wants the game to live up to the Homeworld name. But, it said, “to realise that vision we need more time to refine and polish the game”.
It’s a little disappointing but we have our fingers crossed that this third game will be worth waiting for. It’s been twenty years since the last space-based entry in the series was released so what’s another few months? That said, we’re curious at to what it was about the game’s current state that triggered Blackbird/Gearbox’s decision.
We are moving the launch of Homeworld 3 from the first half of 2023 to February 2024 so that we deliver the quality experience that fans deserve. pic.twitter.com/DaCX4eFMm4
— Homeworld (@HomeworldGame) May 25, 2023
We’ve got fond memories of playing the original two main games, as well as spin-off Homeworld: Cataclysm. The numbered entries have since been remastered and there are a wealth of mods, including a full on Star Wars conversion.
In the meantime, it really is worth diving into the remastered versions of the game, particularly if you’re a fan of massive space battles. Here’s hoping February 2024 is the date when Homeworld 3 finally leaves space dock.