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Congratulations to our friends at Telltale Games for their nomination at the SXSW Gaming Awards! Show your love by voting for Tales from the Borderlands for Best Narrative! Voting is open now through February 12.

 

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An update is rolling out now for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. This update (version 1.0.1) adds "The Boneyard," a free new multiplayer map inspired by the second mission of the game's campaign that has fleets clashing for map control during a beautiful Kharak sunrise.

On top of the free content, the update also includes some bug fixes and balance updates. The full list of update notes can be found on our support knowledge base.

The team at Blackbird Interactive is continuing working on additional bug fixes and balance changes for future updates. For support with Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak or SHiFT, visit http://support.gearboxsoftware.com.

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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is out and the reviews are in! See what some of your favorite outlets are saying about the game:

  • PC Gamer - 90/100 -- "A great tactical RTS with all the gorgeous aesthetics and atmosphere of the original series."
     
  • GameSpot - 9/10 -- "Kharak chisels the genre down to its bare essentials and iterates upon them with tenacious precision, making for a real-time strategy masterpiece."
     
  • IGN -- 8.8/10 -- "Put simply, I love Deserts of Kharak." 
     
  • Kotaku -- "It's Homeworld, but with sand, and it's the best new RTS game in years."
     
  • Game Watcher 8.5/10 -- "In many ways it feels like a modern Westwood classic, but most importantly it evokes the same feelings of complex strategy that you might have had when playing the original Homeworld games."
     
  • Destructoid 7.5/10 -- "... the campaign is well executed for veterans and newbies alike, proving that over a decade without Homeworld is far too long."
     
  • Gaming Trend 95/100 -- "...this original and inventive prequel reinvents the series in a way I hardly even hoped could be possible. It's fresh but familiar. It's Homeworld, but it's something new."
     
  • Gaming Nexus 8.8/10 -- "Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak tells one of the better science fiction narratives I've seen in a real time strategy game...Minor gripes aside, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is one of the more compelling real-time strategy games I've played in some time."
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We're excited to announce that our very own Randy Pitchford will be joined by the one-and-only Penn Jillette to open up the 2016 Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' D.I.C.E. 2016 Summit!

"Setting the stage as the Wednesday Opening Conference Keynote will be a special presentation by two friends: Penn Jillette, author, actor and half of legendary magic team Penn & Teller, and Randy Pitchford, magician, co-founder and president of Gearbox Software. Discussing "Assumptions and Expectations with Interactivity and Magic," this session will incorporate some lessons in misdirection of attention, expectation disruption and just plain old-fashioned lying. Jillette and Pitchford will then lead members of the audience through a magic trick that will move from the live theater to virtual reality."

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Homeworld: Desert of Kharak's interactive Expedition Guide and Official Soundtrack are now available for purchase on Steam! These pieces of companion content are treated as DLC, so you'll need the full version of the game to access them.

Expedition Guide

This Steam companion application to Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak features detailed backstory and lore to the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Operation Khadiim, the expedition to the Jaraci Object, as well as exclusive 'making-of' content! Click here to learn more.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Official Soundtrack

This is the official soundtrack of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak soundtrack, composed by the one-and-only Paul Ruskay! The soundtrack includes over 100 tracks from Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, as well as 15 bonus tracks -- all in .MP3 and FLAC format. Get more info on the official soundtrack here.

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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is out now on Windows PC! Lead the expedition that started it all in Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, a ground-based sci-fi RTS from Blackbird Interactive, a studio founded by veterans of the Homeworld and Company of Heroes franchises!

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak takes players to the deserts of Kharak where danger lurks over every dune. Before you can find your Homeworld, you must first unlock the secrets of the desert. Pick up your copy today on Steam!

For the latest news and updates on Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, follow Homeworld on Facebook and Twitter.

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Announcing the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Expedition Guide -- a Steam companion app to Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak that features detailed backstory, lore, exclusive 'making-of' content, and more!

Pre-order Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak and receive the Expedition Guide for free when the game releases on January 20! The Expedition Guide will also be made available for standalone purchase at a later date.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is coming to Windows PC on January 20. Pre-order now on Steam and receive a FREE copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection! Existing Homeworld Remastered Collection owners will instead receive 20% off their Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak pre-orders.

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Get a sneak peek at Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak's Artifact Retrieval multiplayer mode from Blackbird Interactive's Rory McGuire (Lead Game Designer) and Jonathan Dowdeswell (Executive Producer).

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is coming to Windows PC on January 20. Pre-order now and receive a free copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection!

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Check out the latest story trailer for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak!

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is coming to Windows PC on January 20. Pre-order now on Steam and receive a FREE copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection! Existing Homeworld Remastered Collection owners will instead receive 20% off their Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak pre-orders.

For the latest news and updates on Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, follow Homeworld on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blackbird Interactive's CEO Rob Cunningham and Lead Designer Rory McGuire sat down with IGN and GameSpot to give you a first look at gameplay from Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. Check out the two-part series below:

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is coming to Windows PC on January 20. Pre-order now on Steam and receive a FREE copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection! Existing Homeworld Remastered Collection owners will instead receive 20% off their Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak pre-orders.

For the latest news and updates on Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, follow Homeworld on Facebook and Twitter.

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Get an intimate look at the creation of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak and learn how the team at Blackbird Interactive brought the feeling of Homeworld to the deserts of Kharak in this new behind-the-scenes developer diary!

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is coming to Windows PC on January 20. Pre-order now on Steam and receive a FREE copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection! Existing Homeworld Remastered Collection owners will instead receive 20% off their Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak pre-orders.

For the latest news and updates on Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, follow Homeworld on Facebook and Twitter.

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The world is at war. But there is hope -- an object has been detected deep in the Great Banded Desert. Learn more about the expedition that started it all in this new story trailer for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a new ground-based RTS prequel to Homeworld coming to Windows PC on January 20, 2016. Pre-order Deserts of Kharak on Steam and receive a copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection for free! Existing Homeworld Remastered Collection owners will instead receive 20% off their Deserts of Kharak order!

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Happy New Year from the Borderlands Team!

Use these SHiFT Codes to unlock The Machine sniper rifle in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Act fast as these codes won't be around forever!

  • PC / Mac / Linux: W5KBJ-H9FX3-TBTJ3-T3J3T-RRCTS 
  • Xbox One or Xbox 360: CKWJT-HZK39-CKXJX-CR3JB-3WSZB
  • PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3: KC5JB-JT6RW-96B5J-SBWBT-CCJ9F

To redeem, at the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Main Menu select ‘Extras’ then SHiFT Code, or enter the code directly into the SHiFT Vending Machine in Concordia.

For help and assistance with SHiFT and / or Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, visit: http://support.gearboxsoftware.com/

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Happy Mercenary Day 2015!

12.22.15 - Jeff Skal

Join the Mercenary Day celebration in Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with new festive customizations and Ol' Painful assault rifle!

Use these SHiFT Codes below to unlock your Mercenary Day gifts -- act fast though, as these codes won't be active forever!

  • PC / Mac / Linux: WC5T3-TJSXJ-JTTTT-3J3BT-669ZF
  • Xbox One or Xbox 360: WK53B-5BXBS-WWXTF-K6JJT-5C656
  • PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3: WK53B-5BXFK-ZXTWB-S3KJT-5C6ZT

To redeem, at the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Main Menu, select 'Extras' then SHiFT Code, or enter the code directly into the SHiFT Vending Machine in Concordia.

Rumors are also circulating that the elusive kraggon, Odjurymir, has been spotted in the lava caves of Serenity's Waste.*

*Internet connection and the latest hot fixes are required to spawn Odjurymir. For help and assistance with SHiFT, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and / or hot fixes, visit http://support.gearboxsoftware.com.

 

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Gearbox Community Roundup - 12/22/2015

12.22.15 - Gearbox Staff

In this week's Community Roundup, we get in the holiday spirit with Brittani G.'s Mercenary Day decorations and visit where the karts live with T-Man! More after the jump.

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Save 65% on Homeworld Remastered Collection during the Steam Winter Sale from December 22 through January 4!

Don't forget: Homeworld Remastered Collection owners will receive 20% off their pre-order of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak!

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Blackbird Interactive and Gearbox Software invite you to visit the deserts of Kharak in this new Homeworld story, where danger lurks behind every dune. Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is set for release on January 20th on Windows PC. 

The planet is dying, but deep in the southern sands of Kharak, an anomaly has been discovered. Could Kharak’s salvation lie in the desert? Led by chief science officer Rachel S’jet, the Coalition of the Northern Kiithid sends an expedition deep within enemy-controlled territory to investigate the finding, which could forever seal the fate of humanity. 

Pre-order now on Steam and receive a FREE copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection! Existing Homeworld Remastered Collection owners will instead receive 20% off their Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak pre-orders. 

Learn more about Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak at http://www.desertsofkharak.com.

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Quebec City, Quebec Canada, December 11, 2015– Gearbox Software today announced the formation of Gearbox Studio Quebec with the goal of enhancing Gearbox Software’s mission to entertain the world.

Gearbox Studio Quebec is now hiring game developers to join the Quebec City studio for its inaugural title growing to full AAA production capability through 2016.

 “We are fortunate that there is a lot of demand on us to deliver our brand of interactive entertainment within the powerful franchises we have at Gearbox Software and the challenge for us is growing to meet this demand,” said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software.  “As part of our strategy we have already successfully built an expanded all new headquarters in Frisco, Texas . We now look ahead to another key and exciting step which is our commitment towards our all-new Gearbox Studio Quebec where we strive to team up with some incredible talent in the world of video game development outside of Texas to help us build fun and exciting video games within our tent-pole brands.”

Gearbox Software has been headquartered in Texas for over 16 years and partnered with companies around the globe. This is the very first Gearbox Software Studio created which is a testament to the confidence in the partnership.

Sebastien Caisse, Ph.D. will act as Co-Studio Head and Director of Operations. Sebastien has acted as business development director at Quebecor Media as well as business development manager and writer at Squeeze Animation. In those positions he has worked with Sony, Microsoft, and CBS among others.

Pierre-Andre Dery will be Co-Studio Head and Studio Creative Director. Previously Art Director at Activision, where he worked on Skylanders and The Amazing Spider-Man, he has also worked on the visual development of more than 30 console titles at Volta, notably contributing to Farcry, Deus Ex and World of Warcraft.

"Thanks to Randy and his gifted team in Texas, we are designing a truly unique studio from the ground up in order to enhance Gearbox’s ability to entertain the world with best-selling, larger than life experiences. To be able work for such a storied independent game studio as Gearbox is a great honor," says Gearbox Studio Quebec’s Co-Studio Head Sebastien Caisse.

Gearbox Software is respected industry wide for award winning, best-selling video games developed for all major video game platforms. Founded in 1999 and headquartered near Dallas, TX, Gearbox Software is well known for the creation, development and management of its original blockbuster video game franchises including the critically acclaimed, award winning Brothers in Arms franchise and the record-breaking, genre-setting Borderlands franchise. In addition to having developed video games in some of the world's greatest video game brands, including Half-Life and Halo, Gearbox Software has also acquired and produced content for powerful, landmark intellectual property including Duke Nukem and Homeworld. Gearbox Software’s success has been supported through many key and mutually beneficial business relationships with the world's greatest video game platform and publishing partners including Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Valve/Steam, Apple and Take-Two/2K.

All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.

If you would like more information about the studio, please visit http://quebec.gearboxsoftware.com and for general PR inquiries please use pr@gearboxsoftware.com

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