Gearbox has announced a major delay for Homeworld 3, moving the launch of the long-in-the-works real-time strategy sequel from “the first half of 2023” to February 2024.

Homeworld 3 is being developed by Blackbird Interactive and is the first new numbered game in the series since Relic Entertainment’s Homeworld 2 in 2003. However, since its official unveiling by publisher Gearbox in August 2019, news of its progress has been spotty.

After a long silence, the end of 2021 bought the 4th quarter 2022 launch window, but then it moved to “the first half of 2023” so that Blackbird could deliver the “highest quality” game. However, now that time is quickly running out to meet the final release goal, Gearbox has announced yet another delay, this time pushing Homeworld 3’s release to early next year.

Homeworld 3 first gameplay trailer.

“Our primary goal is to create a Homeworld that lives up to the standards set by its predecessors and is worthy of the incredible legacy of this series,” the publisher explained of its decision to once again delay the game to a statement shared on Twitter.

“Homeworld 3 looks exactly like that,” he continued, “but in order to fully realize that vision, we need more time to refine and polish the game.

“We deeply appreciate your passion and dedication to this game, and we’re working hard to get Homeworld 3 out as soon as possible.”

Homeworld 3, which promises to expand on the original RTS games like fully simulated ballistics and resilient fleets, is now slated to launch on PC in “February 2024.”