Born of a dissatisfaction with Homeworld 2, the Homeworld:@ team is building upon the foundations of Homeworld and Homeworld:Cataclysm to create a faithful sequel in the Homeworld:2 engine, with new ships, storyline, and game mechanics.

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0 comments by EatThePath on Jul 26th, 2014

I come to you with an announcement and a request. First first, we've been working on campaign missions, and it's proceeding well. Rather than focus on our 15+ mission main campaign outline, I created a small two mission outline as a tune-up. Think of them as a demo, a small story set in the same universe but not directly a part of the main campaign story.

The first mission of this pair, pictured above, is quite playable at this point, though there's a lot of tuning and content creation left for it. One other note about the mission, it makes use only of fully textured models, so no flat-colored rectangles distracting you from the experience, but many of the ships aren't perfectly matched with their use. For example, the Vaygr heavy harvester is being used as a Taiidani cargo ship, and corvettes are hyperspacing because we don’t have a proper support frigate to ferry them into the mission. As more proper ships become available in future releases these missions will be updated to use them, with some potential for changes in how the mission plays based on the different ships.

Now the request: To make sure the mission is both fun and stable I'd like some fresh eyes testing it. Testers will likely be asked to play multiple versions of the mod, will probably have to deal with annoying bugs, and will be expected to provide feedback on their experience even if they hit no bugs. Testers will also be given versions that lack all the finished content that surround the gameplay, so if you want to play it for the first time with all that stuff already there, don't apply for testing.

If you want to test the mission, please PM me directly. If response is strong enough I'll be limiting the number of testers for my own sanity. This post will be edited when testing is closed.

Thank you all for following the mod. Response to the last release was encouragingly strong, and I hope we'll have exciting new things for you to play soon.

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Piemanlives
Piemanlives Jun 4 2011, 10:41pm says:

i do love this mod though hopefuly we can get some serious descriptions though the current ones are FUNNY AS HELL

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Talhydras Creator
Talhydras Jun 13 2011, 6:14am replied:

Heheheh, glad you liked them! We're keeping them around in the .ship files, just commented out and replaced with cookie-cutter stuff like HW2 stock.

For painfully detailed information about ship roles and capabilities, I advise you to check out the readme.pdf that comes with the mod! Apart from that, really if you've played HW1 most of the ships' strengths and weaknesses follow that game. We're hoping to move away from HW2's rock paper scissors balance anyway, which largely obviates the need for a "unit role" line describing every ship's place in the rock-paper-scissors triangle. Bombers bomb. Assault frigates assault. Missile Destroyers destroy stuff with missiles. It's all pretty straightforward to me, at any rate ;)

The ships that most break from HW1 tradition are actually the Vaygr Destroyer and the Higaaran Cruiser; both of which possess extensive and formidable anti-strike-craft defense. Don't engage unless you've got flare or ion corvettes, or a ton of bombers!

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Piemanlives
Piemanlives Jul 17 2011, 7:33pm replied:

i liked homeworld alot, though i have to say cataclysm was my fave, on another not the the new Hiigaran mothership is pretty good so far :) good luck on this and if you go on a long break please say so or we get spammed with mod dead comments

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Hadespwr
Hadespwr Mar 3 2011, 12:51am says:

This mod looks amazing and I'm glad that somebody with true modeling knowledge shared the same discontents I had with Homeworld 2. A question regarding story. Can you perhaps give us a simplified hash of what the new storyline is going to be like, where it's going to take us and what can we expect? I'm personally very attached to the Homeworld 1 storyline and I'm dying to know what you guys are going to do to make Homeworld 2 fit in better with that storyline.

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Talhydras Creator
Talhydras Mar 7 2011, 7:30pm replied:

Hadespwr - Thanks for your comment! Sorry we didn't get back to you sooner.

The story for HW@ is set one hundred years after Higaaran Landfall. Far to the galactic north in a desolate and uninhabited region known as the Ocean of Silence, thermal scanners detect signs of a possibly enormous and alien civilization. Though all ships that venture near that region are never heard from again, the Unified Higaaran Navy secretly prepares a powerful military expedition based around the newly-commissioned 15th Mothership Battle Group.

Isolated in a young star cluster above the disk of the galaxy, the Vaygr are united forcefully into a vast pilgrimage by a charismatic and brutal warlord Makaan. His goals and motivations remain cloudy even to his allies. The great Vaygr expedition will have to contend with the unknown and the technologically and numerically superior navies of the Galactic powers, and nothing in their warrior culture could have prepared them for the battles they are being led into.

At its heart, the HW@ story is about vengeance and forgiveness. All of the principal characters have in some fashion or another lost their home, and they represent the full spectrum of response. Some seek atonement for their failures and redemption in the eyes of their peers, while others seek the power to never again be so vulnerable. The central axis of the story is the discussion between the magnitude of crimes and the degree of justice that can be extracted by the pursuit of revenge. How does one exact repayment for the lost safety and security of home, the missing friends and family, from just one individual? When has guilt been absolved? Can it ever be, even in the fullness of infinite time?

I hope this answers your questions...

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Hadespwr
Hadespwr Mar 17 2011, 4:16pm replied:

Yes that answers a great deal of questions actually. I greatly appreciate your reply.

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argenis2
argenis2 Feb 7 2011, 2:29am says:

i like how the vagyr always look like they're going out guns blazing, and by that i mean how they have tons of small batteries complementing they're bigger ones i like that.The vanilla game lacked that. the designs are awesome too! i like youre version of the vagyr. XD

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Rempy
Rempy Feb 6 2011, 5:29am says:

why are the original hw2 maps gone? and the new maps in the latest .big release are lagging

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EatThePath Creator
EatThePath Feb 6 2011, 8:22pm replied:

The stock maps promote a rather static game, taking and holding specific resource patches that will likely last the whole game. I am going for rather more mobile situation where your harvesters and thus any defenders of them must keep moving through the whole game, never remaining in one patch for long. After observing some lag, internal versions are trending towards somewhat smaller asteroid numbers and higher value asteroids, while still keeping the need for mobility. Hopefully that will ease your issues in the next release, but it doesn't seem likely that I'll find the time to make many new maps to supplement the current ones any time soon.

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Rempy
Rempy Feb 5 2011, 9:23am says:

tobari star empire? show us some tobari units!

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EatThePath Creator
EatThePath Feb 5 2011, 4:29pm replied:

There are no finished units for the Tobari at this time.

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