When the Homeworld Remastered Collection was released a couple of years ago, one glaring omission was that the spin-off Homeworld: Cataclysm was not a part of it. Reasons for it at the time were that the source code for the game, developed by Barking Dog Studios, had been unfortunately lost.
However it looks like Randy Pitchford and the team at Gearbox have pulled off some sweet magic trick because the game is back. Things are a little different this time around as the game needed to be renamed due to Blizzard having a trademark to “Cataclysm” but apart from that it’s more Homeworld and a good little game too.
Set after the first game, Homeworld: Emergence puts you in charge of a mining vessel that inadvertently encounters an alien threat that only they are able to destroy in time. One area where the game succeeded over the original version of Homeworld was the time compression feature – missions could last a LONG time so anything to speed them up was appreciated immensely.
The game is available now exclusively from GOG.com. There’s no other enhancements (apart from the name change) but it does come in at a healthy price to match.