Blackbird Interactive introduced as we speak that its upcoming house opera RTS Homeworld 3 has been delayed. As an alternative of arriving within the first half of 2023 as anticipated, the studio now says will probably be out in February 2024.

“Our main aim is to ship a Homeworld expertise that lives as much as the requirements set by its predecessors and is worthy of this collection’ unimaginable legacy,” Blackbird stated. “Homeworld 3 is shaping as much as be precisely that, however to be able to totally notice that imaginative and prescient we’d like extra time to refine and polish the game.

“We deeply admire your ardour and dedication to this game, and we’re working exhausting to get Homeworld 3 to you as quickly as we are able to.”

In an FAQ, Blackbird stated the delay wasn’t brought on by any particular concern, however merely a want to reside as much as the “iconic” requirements set by the earlier video games within the collection: “This work takes time, particularly after we are elevating the bar on what gamers will expertise within the Homeworld universe.”

It additionally stated that the scope of the game hasn’t modified—”Gearbox and Blackbird Interactive plan to ship on the entire guarantees made to date”—and emphasised that the studio’s four-day work week, which Blackbird moved to in 2022, will not be chargeable for the delay.

“The truth is, the workforce is ready to obtain as a lot if no more when given the extra private time,” Blackbird stated. “With the ability to draw inspiration from time spent with household and buddies and on private hobbies has fueled quite a lot of the improvements we are able to’t wait to point out off within the lead as much as launch.”

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The unique Homeworld was a well-deserved hit when it got here out in 1999 and spawned two sequels, Cataclysm in 2000 and Homeworld 2 in 2003. After that, it fell into disuse till Gearbox launched remastered variations (excluding Cataclysm, the source code for which has been misplaced) in 2015. The bottom-based prequel Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak adopted in 2016, and it too was an excellent game: “An ideal tactical RTS with all of the beautiful aesthetics and environment of the unique collection,” we stated in our 90% overview. The all-new Homeworld 3 was introduced a number of years later, in 2019.

This will probably be Homeworld 3’s second delay: It was initially imagined to be out in 2022, however Blackbird pushed it to 2023 to be able to keep away from having to crunch on it. A strong launch date hasn’t but been set however Blackbird stated will probably be introduced “as quickly as we have now it.” The studio additionally promised to disclose extra about what we are able to anticipate from the game in “our largest Homeworld 3 progress update but,” which is able to happen later this summer time.