When developer Kaos Studios first unveiled 2011's Homefront, gamers were excited that the developer had hired a big name movie screenwriter, John Milius of Apocalypse Now and Red Dawn fame, to pen the game's story. However, while Milius and Homefront successfuly created something fresh and different in the FPS space, the game suffered from a number of bugs that ultimately tanked its review scores. There was screen-tearing, character-ghosting and objects that hovered in mid-air for no reason. The concept behind the game was intriguing, but the title simply didn't spend enough time in quality assurance.
Kaos Studios is long gone, as is the game's publisher THQ, but the Homefront IP was saved at auction by Crytek Studios, who saw the underlying potential of the first game. Crytek initially announced Homefront: The Revolution for 2015, but later sold the game to Saint's Row publisher Deep Silver, which put its own Dambuster Studios on the job. Given the amount of twists and turns in Homefront's story so far, it's not surprising that the title has now been delayed to 2016.
Deep Silver announced the move today in a press release:
"We are giving the team every opportunity to turn Homefront: The Revolution into a best-selling title," Deep Silver chief executive Kelmens Kundratitz said. "You can expect to hear more about the game later this year."
Homefront: The Revolution takes place in Philadelphia, in an alternate reality where North Korea has held the United States under marital law for the past four years. Players will lead a resistance movement using guerilla warfare to take out the North Korean army. There will be a single-player campaign and as well as a four-player online co-op mode. The original Homefront had traditional FPS multiplayer, but it is not yet clear if that mode will return in The Revolution.
Given that the first game's biggest shortcoming is that it had way too many bugs, it's encouraging that Deep Silver is making sure that The Revolution is done right. Even with its poor reviews, Homefront still sold over 1 million copies, so there's certainly a fan base here - as long as the developer can get it right.
Homefront: The Revolution will release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac and Linux in 2016.