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Deserts of Kharak is this week's Epic Games freebie, as Homeworld 3 gets new story trailer

Sands good.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Image credit: Blackbird Interactive

Epic's latest freebie is Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

Published by Gearbox and developed by Blackbird Interactive, this real-time strategy title serves as a prequel to earlier Homeworld games.

"Assemble your fleet and lead them to victory on the shifting sands of Kharak in this compelling strategy game," Epic implores.

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Those keen have until 31 August to snap up Deserts of Kharak for free on the Epic Game Store. After this time, it will be replaced by Cave Story+.

We were rather taken with Deserts of Kharak on its release back in 2016, with Eurogamer contributor Paul Dean calling it a "worthy successor to the Homeworld classics".

Said Paul: "Deserts of Kharak will gift you gripes as uncomfortable and familiar as sand in your socks, but there are no scorpions waiting in your shoe here. Blackbird Interactive has made a good game."

A little look at Deserts of Kharak. | Image credit: Blackbird Interactive

As for future series instalments, Homeworld 3 is currently in development, with a release set for February of next year.

Gearbox shared a new trailer for the upcoming release earlier this week, offering us a peep at the story waiting to be told.

"Today, the galaxy is burning," its narration begins, before we are swiftly launched into a series of frenzied but rather beautiful space battles. You can have a little watch in the video below.

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Our Bertie had a little shot at Homeworld 3 last year, when he also sat down to chat with Blackbird founder Rob Cunningham. You can have a read of his impressions (he called it "a space RTS for the James Webb era") here.

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