Gearbox had a significant presence at PAX South in San Antonio over the weekend. The firm detailed several upcoming games including Homeworld Remastered and a number of Borderlands releases to the audience on Sunday.
The software company showed off new gameplay footage from its Homeworld Remastered Collection, a high definition re-release of the classic strategy franchise from 1999 that was first announced back in 2013. The title will not only contain newer variants of Homeworld and Homeworld 2, but also untouched versions of the original PC games as a free bonus, only modified for transition to modern PC systems with graphics, audio, difficulty levels and even bugs unchanged.
With the collection, Gearbox is launching a unified multiplayer system what will combine every aspect of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 into a single online mode. However, the multiplayer functionality will be in beta initially, allowing the mode to be shaped by fan feedback as development progresses. The Homeworld Remastered Collection is due to launch on Steam on 25 February for $34.99 or you can get 15 per cent off if you pre-order. We have embedded the reveal trailer below; it gives you an idea of the updated versions of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 in comparison to the originals.
Borderlands: the Handsome Collection
For fans of the Borderlands franchise, the PAX panel announced details about Borderlands: the Handsome Collection for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This collection will include Borderlands 2, Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel and all the downloadable content available for both of those games. A new 4-player split-screen co-op mode that is a first for the series will be included in the collection, which is due to launch on 24th March for $59.99.
Lady Hammerlock: The Baroness DLC
In addition, Gearbox revealed a new playable character for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in Lady Hammerlock: The Baroness DLC. The new expansion will be released by publisher 2K tomorrow whilst another mysterious story-based DLC pack is also teased, putting gamers inside the mind of Claptrap.
Not from PAX South but from a few hours earlier today – Gearbox has started to recruit developers for Borderlands 3 – the games firm is looking to hire the "next Borderlands team".
Finally Gearbox wanted to hype up Battleborn at PAX South. This is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) style game which Gearbox's Randy Pitchford described as "the future of the company… What we're betting on." The game takes the loot and guns fun Gearbox learned was successful from Borderlands and mixes them in with an extensive array of characters for online battles.