Katanova was once an arid wasteland containing a large colony of mixed species. It has since then been ravaged by the Reapers and looted by survivors. Due to the unbearable heat, the population relied almost exclusively on import, thus a giant space station served as their main trade center. Depot Ryk-07 was destroyed months after the Reapers attacked as it fell onto the planet. Its remains can still be seen from Katanova’s orbit.
R.I.F.T. operatives were sent to retrieve what little remained of the depot's supplies scattered upon its desolate surface during operation Dead Heat.