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Good news about re-releasing the 2 classics, but we knew they wanted to do this anyway. They deserve a greater audience, and this will introduce many new gamers to the franchise.

It will be interesting to see what they are going to do with any sequels, which direction they are taking it. I am not going to cast any judgments on them before there are any more concrete information.
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aluinie: Pity it is gearbox who holds the homeworld license wish it could have been relic that had them as they know how to make a good strategy game.
well, they know how to make Homeworld for sure :D
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aluinie: Pity it is gearbox who holds the homeworld license wish it could have been relic that had them as they know how to make a good strategy game.
Well, Relic made the original Homeworlds. So yeah, they know how to make good RTS.
Id be happy with the originals on GOG
I want to see homeworld 1 released on gog so that i can finally beat the asteroid level... This time I'll remember to hijack more ships on the previous level
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keeveek: Did Gearbox released anything ever DRM free?
Normally they're not the publisher. But in this case they are. But yes, I predict Steam just because it's popular and convenient to them. I don't know what motivation they'd have to release anything DRM-free.
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keeveek: Did Gearbox released anything ever DRM free?
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Navagon: Normally they're not the publisher. But in this case they are. But yes, I predict Steam just because it's popular and convenient to them. I don't know what motivation they'd have to release anything DRM-free.
some good PR after one fiasco after another? But yeah, I don't expect them to release on GOG as well... Thankfully, I have Homeworld 2 in retail.
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keeveek: some good PR after one fiasco after another?
Since when has the games industry concerned itself with good PR?
And some people claim GOG should concentrate only on selling old classics... Too bad the old classics are nowadays heading to Steam instead, so that kind of strategy would backfire for sure.
Post edited July 20, 2013 by timppu
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timppu: And some people claim GOG should concentrate only on selling old classics... Too bad the old classics are nowadays heading to Steam instead, so that kind of strategy would backfire for sure.
Very subtle. And who says this is only going to Steam? The press release says "on today's leading digital platforms". The point I made earlier was that GOG shouldn't try and just become a DRM-free version of Steam, but instead focus on what they do best, not that GOG should sell no new games at all.
Post edited July 20, 2013 by Crosmando
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Crosmando: They aren't remakes, they're re-releases. Possibly with some new textures and widescreen resolutions enabled.
All the Homeworld games already work fine in widescreen :D (just need to use some command line switches on the shortcuts).

Homeworld and Cataclysm could do with some higher resolution textures and a draw distance boost...
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timppu: And some people claim GOG should concentrate only on selling old classics... Too bad the old classics are nowadays heading to Steam instead, so that kind of strategy would backfire for sure.
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Crosmando: Very subtle. And who says this is only going to Steam? The press release says "on today's leading digital platforms". The point I made earlier was that GOG shouldn't try and just become a DRM-free version of Steam
Even if we are lucky and the same games (including the remakes) would make it to GOG too, wouldn't that still make GOG only a "DRM-free version of Steam", since the same games are _also_ on Steam anyway?

I thought the bright idea was that GOG should sell only games no other digital store sells, right? Better pull the Interplay RPGs, Thief series, Hitman series, Tomb Raider series, Fallouts etc. out from GOG then too, as they are sold on other stores like Steam as well.
Post edited July 20, 2013 by timppu
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timppu: Even if we are lucky and the same games (including the remakes) would make it to GOG too, wouldn't that still make GOG only a "DRM-free version of Steam", since the same games are _also_ on Steam anyway?

I thought the bright idea was that GOG should sell only games no other digital store sells, right? Better pull the Interplay RPGs, Thief series, Hitman series, Tomb Raider series, Fallouts etc. out from GOG then too, as they are sold on other stores like Steam as well.
I was referring to releasing all the new games Steam does, at the same time Steam does, as oppose to re-releases.

Also:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Commercial_video_games_with_freely_available_source_code

Notice how short it it? Homeworld is there. The amount of classic games that haven't lost their source code long ago is probably low too. My point is that without the source-code there's very little that can be done to actually "enhance" a re-release that would make it acceptable to a "Steam audience". Even Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, which had access to source-code, couldn't upgrade the graphics because the source-art was lost.

So yes it might seem now like Steam is getting these classic enhanced re-releases because of Duke Nukem Megaton and Shadow Warrior, but the fact is those games (along with Build engine) already had their source codes released years ago, they were just "officially" sanctioned ports. There's a very limited pool of classic games that they can do this with, in fact it looks like the pool is already exhausted.

Also, you think Steam audiences would accept/buy unaltered DOS games running in 320x200 resolution in DOSBox like GOG audiences do? Or do you only mean late 90's stuff?
Gearbox will never release anything on GOG. Gearbox will not change the license of the Homeworld source code to the GPL. Gearbox will not release any mod tools for these remakes. The remakes won't be coming to Linux.
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Crosmando: Also, you think Steam audiences would accept/buy unaltered DOS games running in 320x200 resolution in DOSBox like GOG audiences do?
http://store.steampowered.com/app/7760/

http://store.steampowered.com/app/32400/

http://store.steampowered.com/app/2280/

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/2102/

etc.
Post edited July 20, 2013 by timppu