Hello guys. Please feel free to speak your opinions after reading.
First, I would just like to say how excited I am that the franchise is seeing much deserved love and have already preordered the remastered collection. It’s great to be able to play epic space battles again and it couldn’t come at a better time with the dearth in the RTS market of late (I’m hoping this and Grey Goo are the first of many to change that).
To get back on topic I am rather intrigued that Gearbox and Blackbird are combining the races of the two games into one package for the mutliplayer beta. Disregarding my questions on future balance in regards to the HW1/HW2 gameplay mechanic differences (strikecraft squads, capital ship modules, shipyards, research). I’m wondering if they would be willing to experiment even more, further down the line.
Particularly, I’m curious if they would develop all new expansion packs that incorporated the other races in the campaigns that never made it into multiplayer. I am of course talking about the Turanic Raiders, Kadesh, Bentusi and Progenitors (I recognize that from a LORE perspective Progenitors would be op, but so are the Protoss in StarCraft, no reason they can’t be balanced from a gameplay perspective as a fleet of automated drones).
Whenever I played the old games, my biggest disappointment was that each game only had two races and that the campaigns had some really cool ships that ended up being unused anywhere else. To further expand this idea, I for one would be open to side story mini or full campaigns that focused on these races.
Having said all of this, I would like to address several possible counterpoints to these ideas.
A. How can they incorporate the campaign races when they were composed of only at most 3-5 ship types.
Noted, thats why these would be expansion packs in the classic sense. Gearbox and Blackbird would have to create whole new content that fleshed out the quirks and qualities of the campaign races while also incorporating the already made ships from the old games (Multi-Beam Frigate, Dreadnought, Bentus, Kadesh Needle ship, etc.)
B. Why would we want this, keep Homeworld 1 and 2 pure.
Well to each their own. However, the only remastered game were getting here that is close to “pure” is HW2. HW1 is a port into the HW2 engine, which among many added quirks, one of the most notable is that strikecraft attack behavior has been completely altered. Not to mention the fact that the MP beta is combining the 4 classic races. Frankly why not do this, this would be a fun stopgap to a still non guaranteed Homeworld 3.
C. Please don’t talk to Gearbox about DLC, look at what they did to Borderlands 2
I agree completely, hopefully they would keep to the classic ideal of the “expansion pack”