Halo: Starside Intercept is a Homeworld 2 total conversion bringing tactical space combat to the Halo universe. The mod will take players onto the front lines of the Human-Covenant war and beyond. Control the vast UNSC fleet in the epic struggle against the alien onslaught, or command the mighty Covenant armada and cleanse the galaxy of the heretic infestation. In Starside Intercept, you can make and break alliances, capture enemy flagships, even land your armies on the surface of Halo itself.

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2 comments by RINGLEADER on Jan 27th, 2015

As you probably already read on Halo Homefront or elsewhere, Homeworld Remastered is nearly here and it looks fantastic. Now, I've been super swamped in other projects and university, so my updates have been few and far between, but I will make time to play it. In addition to time constraints, some of my major holdups for Starside Intercept were demoralizing engine limitations (mainly Z-buffering). With Homeworld Remastered, it looks like many of these limitations have been dealt with. Such engine improvements include:

1. Drastically improved shaders -self explanatory, it just looks a lot better.

2. Ships casting shadows on other ships -this may sound minor, but it really does give a sense of scale when say a cruiser launches from a shipyard and it's in the shadow of the shipyard, or when halo casts a shadow upon itself.

3. Improved shadows -in the original HW2, the shadow resolution was very low, and had jagged looking lines. The new shadows look significantly better.

4. Improved HDR/bloom effects -like the shadows, HW2 had primitive bloom effects that looked too bad to actually implement in a mod. HWR has beautiful HDR effects, god rays, pretty much everything. I think it may even has ships reflecting off of other ships? (field frigate?)

5. 4K resolution -the UI had trouble with higher resolution, not any more. The increased resolution should have other benefits as well.

6. Improved mod support through Steam workshop -I gathered this from watching the PAX panel, no idea how much of an improvement we can expect.

This is just a short list of things that I've been able to see in just the few minutes of gameplay they've shown. No idea if they fixed the Z-clipping issue or not, but it looks fantastic, so I'm definitely interested in taking another thwack at this mod. Most likely I will NOT be able to work on this project until May, just too busy with school. I have a pretty good paying engineering job lined up for the Summer, but I should have more free time then than I do now. I graduate in December with my BSE, maybe more free time after? This is a tentative time table so you can better understand when to expect content updates.

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chaosmarine125 Feb 14 2015, 11:33pm says:

Now will this work for the remastered version that coming out? or only the original Homewrold 2?

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Raptor341 Jan 24 2015, 1:38pm says:

Still looking forward to your work Ringleader, please keep it up. I like the vision you have for this mod.

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RINGLEADER Jan 27 2015, 1:01pm replied:

Thank you!

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JohnMcArthey Oct 19 2014, 3:45pm says:

I can imagine an alliance between the flood and The Beast virus, sadly no one mix the game base & the mod (Wait, this is for homeworld two, not one so more sadly yet)

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Brainlaag Feb 23 2014, 7:27am says:

Top notch mod! This, Homefront and the Mass Effect Reborn mod are fighting for the throne on my personal top mod list for HW2. Amazing work dude, wish you the best of luck to finish this beauty.

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RINGLEADER Jan 27 2015, 1:01pm replied:

Thank you!

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TheBleachDoctor Jan 4 2014, 1:57am says:

Whoa, update. Hell must have frozen over.

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RINGLEADER Jan 4 2014, 10:29pm replied:

That, or all Hell broke loose.

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spartan-G257 Feb 6 2014, 8:35pm replied:

......................... Wow.
Umm an actual honest to god update.

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TheBleachDoctor Nov 9 2013, 1:50am says:

We're never going to see a release before Homeworld:Shipbreakers is released.

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