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Gearbox Software reveals Homeworld Collection versions, coming 'early Autumn'

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Homeworld HD, the HD re-releases of Homeworld and Homeworld 2, will be released as the Homeworld Collection, Gearbox Software announced, who is now polling preferences on collector's edition versions.

"Previously, we'd been referring to this effort as Homeworld HD but as work progressed it became clear that title didn't properly communicate the scope of the work," Chris Faylor, interactive marketing manager at Gearbox Software, wrote on the official website. "This is more than a simple re-release or up-res — given the input we've received from fans, mod makers and series veterans, the result is full-fledged remastering of nearly all aspects alongside the archival Classic versions."

While the two remastered versions feature a different Mothership replica, both will consist of an art book, game manual, key chain and game codes. The first option at $75 includes a 6-inch die cast zinc alloy Mothership replica with brushed metal finish with stand. For $100, the second option features a 12-inch hand decorated, molded ABS resin Mothership with LED lights. The included stand features a USB/AC power cable. According to the official website, the pricing varies due to manufacturing time and materials used. Estimated delivery date for physical items on both options is slated for early Autumn 2014.

The HD version of the original games will include high-res textures, 3D model upgrades, new post-production effects, HD cutscenes recreated by the original Homeworld teams and a remastered soundtrack with new tracks. HD versions feature support for user-created mods, Steamworks integration with matchmaking and Steam Achievements.

Gearbox Software posted a survey last December to collect fan feedback on future additions to the Homeworld franchise. Players were polled on platform and genre preference and interest for a possible collector's edition release of the original games.