First-person military shooter Homefront, published by the now-defunct THQ, was released in 2011 and received mostly lukewarm reviews that criticized it for its short, bland single player campaign, but praised it for its decent and under-appreciated multiplayer. With Red Dawn screenwriter John Milius onboard as a story consultant, Homefront depicted an invasion and occupation of the USA by
Soviets North Koreans in the near-future, with the player cast in the role of helicopter pilot who aids in the attempted re-acquisition of American soil.
After Homefront developer Kaos Studios was shut down the property was passed on to Crytek, who quickly got to work on a sequel and acquired the franchise rights after THQ filed for bankruptcy. Crytek and Deep Silver have now announced that Homefront: The Revolution is coming in 2015, and have revealed the first cinematic trailer. The game is exclusively new-gen, and is set for release on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4 and Xbox One.
Between inFAMOUS: Second Son, BioShock Infinite and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity, themes of revolution are very in vogue right now. Based on the official synopsis for Homefront: The Revolution, it sounds like the events of Homefront weren’t quite enough to relinquish America from the grip of the Korean People’s Army, and the country is in need of a little more Resistance.
“Homefront: The Revolution throws players into a near future dystopia. Catastrophic events have brought the United States to its knees and enabled the Korean People’s Army forces to impose a brutal military occupation. Trapped in this American nightmare, Philadelphia has become a police state, where surveillance drones and armored patrols keep her once-proud citizens at heel, crushing any dissent with totalitarian force.
“To overcome their oppressors, players will have to engage in guerrilla warfare and use ambush, infiltration and hit and run tactics in thrilling un-scripted firefights. At every turn they’ll find a sprawling open-world city, in which recruiting fellow revolutionaries and building improvised homebrew weapons are just two of the keys to creating a powerful resistance force.
“The Resistance flourishes far beyond the single player. Homefront: The Revolution supports up to four players in online Co-Op gameplay where you form your own resistance cell and become renowned as Heroes of the Revolution.”
Along with the trailer, Crytek and Deep Silver have also revealed the first screenshots from Homefront: The Revolution, along with the game’s box art. Check them out below.
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Homefront: The Revolution is just one of a number of new shooter titles that have either been announced or leaked ahead of E3, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield: Hardline, Far Cry 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. This trailer would probably elicit more excitement if the market wasn’t so over-saturated with grey-brown near-future military shooters, but if Crytek and Deep Silver have managed to piece together a more substantial singleplayer experience, along with a solid co-op mode, then Homefront: The Revolution could well manage to outdo its predecessor.
There’s no mention of multiplayer in the press release, but some leaked footage from last fall showed some gameplay that seemed to indicate 32-player maps. What’s most interesting about this reveal is that Homefront: The Revolution has apparently been evolved from Homefront‘s standard linear level-based single player structure to an open-world map. It will be interesting to see whether Crytek and Deep Silver have found a way to integrate the singleplayer, multiplayer and co-op modes along the same lines as Borderlands and Destiny.
Were you impressed by this cinematic trailer, or are you holding off on judgement until Crytek and Deep Silver reveal some gameplay footage?
Homeland: The Revolution will release in 2015 for PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One & PS4.
Sources: Crytek, Deep Silver