Anybody remember Homefront? FPS? Released last year? Meh reviews? It’s getting a sequel. Now, don’t scoff just yet; it’s at the hands of a completely different developer, Crytek UK, and according to THQ’s Danny Bilson, it’s already a major improvement over the first.
He’s been working very closely with Crytek on the game, which is going to continue the first game’s near-future story of a United States under siege by a rearmed and reorganized North Korea. It will be set in a different part of North America, though, and gameplay will be significantly overhauled.
“It’s so far phenomenal. So far. We’ve got a long way to go, the pre-production has been spectacular, I think it’s 5X the game we delivered before when it’s fully realised.”
“Homefront had fantastic creative,” he continued. “Arguably, at least in my opinion, one of the best properties for a first person shooter, a fresh world, great environmental storytelling and the execution unfortunately… even though I think it has some phenomenal things in that game, we sold a lot of them and it resonated with people, there were also issues around execution.”
“Not that it wasn’t good, but you’re being compared to Call Of Duty and Battlefield, two of the best made games in the business. So what do you do if you’re us and you’ve got this IP you believe in, you know you’ve got the fanbase, you’ve got a million ideas, how do you solve the problem? You go to a beloved developer that we believe can bring our execution up to the level of Call Of Duty and Battlefield with our incredible IP.”
Currently, the game is set for a 2014 release date and will probably release for next-gen consoles. Have any of you guys played Homefront? If so, what are some things you feel should be improved for the sequel?