Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

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A ground-based RTS prequel to the classic Homeworld games. Assemble your fleet and lead them to victory on the shifting sands of Kharak in this compelling strategy game.
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About Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

About this game

HOMEWORLD: DESERTS OF KHARAK

A ground-based RTS prequel to the classic Homeworld games. Assemble your fleet and lead them to victory on the shifting sands of Kharak in this compelling strategy game. Crafted by Blackbird Interactive, a studio founded by veterans of Homeworld and Company of Heroes, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak takes players to the deserts of Kharak where danger lurks over every dune.

EXPERIENCE AN ORIGIN STORY
In Deserts of Kharak’s campaign, an anomaly is discovered deep in the southern desert. An expedition is sent, but the story is not that simple. Discover the story of Rachel S'jet as she leads her people on a quest to find their destiny in an exciting campaign.

HEAVY DUTY HARDWARE
Take control of fleets of land and air vehicles – from nimble light attack vehicles to massive heavyweight cruisers – built to conquer the desert.

MASSIVE ENVIRONMENTS
Fight your way across massive dune seas, deep craters, and hostile canyons in sprawling maps – all in unprecedented fidelity and scale.

TACTICAL COMBAT
Position your fleet to take advantage of the high ground or create ambushes across dune lines in terrestrial combat. Attack your enemies’ resource operations, or assault their military head-on.

STRATEGIC DECISIONS
Meaningful choices in resource management, fleet composition, and technology research directly impact your chances of survival.

ONLINE MULTIPLAYER
Compete online solo or with friends in a variety of game modes, including ranked play, to rise through the ranks and become the most powerful Fleet Captain on Kharak.


Before you can find your Homeworld, you must first unlock the secrets of the desert.

Game Details

Release Date:
January 20, 2016
Developer:
Blackbird Interactive
Publisher:
Gearbox Publishing
Rating:
ESRB rating of 10
PEGI rating of 7
USK rating of 12
Supported Languages:
English +
Franchise:
Homeworld
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Genres:
Strategy
RTS
Themes:
Sci-fi
Space

Futuristic
Play Styles:
Multiplayer
Singleplayer
Features:
Steam Achievements
Steam Trading Cards

Steam Cloud

Stats

Steam Leaderboards

Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1 GHz) / AMD A10 5800k (3.8 GHz)
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 440 (1024 MB) / Radeon HD 4890 (1024 MB)
  • Storage: 8 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-950 (3.0 GHz) / AMD FX-4300 (3.8 GHz)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 770 (2048 MB) / Radeon HD 7770 (1024 MB)
  • Storage: 12 GB available space

Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: OSX 10.10.5 (Yosemite) (Not compatible with OS Catalina or above)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470S
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 640M
  • Storage: 8 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) (Not compatible with OS Catalina or above)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4570
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 755M
  • Storage: 12 GB available space

Critic Reviews

79

CGMagazine

80 / 100
"Deserts of Kharak boasts an unprecedented beauty in its setting and world design, and its hand drawn-style cutscenes only add to that."

Softpedia

85 / 100
"Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a good mainstream real-time strategy title that offers a solid prequel story and shows that the core ideas of the series can easily be adapted...

IGN

88 / 100
"Put simply, I love Deserts of Kharak. It succeeds where so many RTS games fail, giving a multitasking commander all of the information, unit options, and control flexibility...
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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Statistics

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0% of players played this game for >= 80 Hours!

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Just Right
78.57%
Tough
3.57%
Unforgiving
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Relax & enjoy! 78.57%  of players consider this game to be Just Right

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Play Behaviour

Tried It
9.09%
Played It
18.18%
Halfway
6.06%
Beat It
45.45%
Conquered It
21.21%
Completionist! 21.21%  of players have Conquered It

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak User Reviews

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Average score from 4 ratings
75% of users would recommend this.
3.5

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Melopsum
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The Campaign is great, just like other homeworld titles you carry your units and money from mission to mission, which makes losing units very painful and causes you to play cautiously. It makes the campaign very intense.
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Worth it on sale, a little short.

Fanatical User
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Solid, old school style RTS. A little short, but a super solid game that i'd for sure recommend picking up on sale.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Somewhere in the middle. 11% of GameFAQs users said Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is Simple or Easy. 79% of GameFAQs users said the difficulty is Just Right. 11% of GameFAQs users said Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is Tough or Unforgiving.
According to USK, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is suitable for players aged 12 and above.
Yes, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is not fully Steam Deck Verified but the publisher says it is "Playable" on Steam Deck.
  • This game's default graphics configuration performs well on Steam Deck
  • Entering some text requires manually invoking the on-screen keyboard
  • This game sometimes shows mouse, keyboard, or non-Steam-Deck controller icons
  • Some in-game text is small and may be difficult to read
  • Some functionality is not accessible when using the default controller configuration, requiring use of the touchscreen or virtual keyboard, or a community configuration
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1 GHz) / AMD A10 5800k (3.8 GHz)
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 440 (1024 MB) / Radeon HD 4890 (1024 MB)
  • Storage: 8 GB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-950 (3.0 GHz) / AMD FX-4300 (3.8 GHz)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 770 (2048 MB) / Radeon HD 7770 (1024 MB)
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
Minimum:
  • OS: OSX 10.10.5 (Yosemite) (Not compatible with OS Catalina or above)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470S
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 640M
  • Storage: 8 GB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) (Not compatible with OS Catalina or above)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4570
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 755M
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
The average playtime for GameFAQs users is 15 hours. 74% of users played Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak for over 12 hours.
79% of critics on Metacritic recommend Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. The Metascore is 79 out of 100.
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak was released on January 20, 2016
Yes, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak supports MacOS.
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is published by Gearbox Publishing
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak was developed by Blackbird Interactive
Fanatical users tagged Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak as Sci-fi, Space, and Futuristic
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak as Strategy
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak as RTS
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak as Sci-fi

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