home world 3 (opens in new tab), which was supposed to be released later this year, has been delayed. Blackbird Interactive and Gearbox Publishing today announced that to give developers ample time to make the game smoothly, they’ve pushed the release back to the first half of 2023.
“Delivering Homeworld 3 in the highest quality is a top priority for Gearbox Publishing and Blackbird Interactive as we recognize the special place this series has in the hearts of gamers,” reads the delayed message. “This passion from players fuels the work and the additional time will allow us to deliver on our commitment to quality in a healthy and sustainable way for everyone involved.”
An update on the Homeworld 3 release: pic.twitter.com/uKc5jPOctoJune 10, 2022
The word “crunch” is not used anywhere in the message, but of course that’s what the studio is talking about. Working excessive hours for weeks and months to meet deadlines, also known as “crunch”, has been a common practice (and open secret (opens in new tab)) in the industry for years, but recently some developers and studios have started to oppose this. The Witcher 4 director, for example, recently promised (opens in new tab) this crisis would not happen under his command – great promise, given that CD Projekt is notorious for its history of brutal crunch in previous games (opens in new tab).
Blackbird also said that it will share “the deepest look yet” at Homeworld 3 later this summer at Gamescom, which is scheduled to take place August 24-28. It also showed a new combat animation in development, showing the capabilities of a new type of attack ship:
“These ships attack from behind cover for a machine-gun rush while the frigate’s cannons reload. Caught in this pattern, the mightiest frigate will be cut to pieces.”- @InsideBBI Hide, seek and destroy in this new #Team Homeworld3 update. https://t.co/3ySFYJwr8I pic.twitter.com/uJgViP5I8zJune 10, 2022