Homefront: The Revolution Occupies Philadelphia - Crytek UK Takes Over

Homefront: The Revolution Occupies Philadelphia - Crytek UK Takes Over

Crytek UK and Deep Silver take over the franchise from Kaos Studios and THQ and bring it home to the cradle of the American Revolution.

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I'd just like to have it on record that I always thought Homefront's premise was stupid and Homefront completely met my satisfaction of stupidity on that front. WOLVERINE!!!!

'North Korea invades the US-' nope you've already lost me. It helps that it isn't my country being invaded, so it's very easy to recognise the desire to be the scrappy underdog fighting a clear cut bad guy in a world where most wars now involve incredibly well-trained and equipped soldiers fighting semi-illiterate rebel partisans in foreign countries with often complicated and sometimes questionable motivations. But North Korea really is a pathetic threat. There's 12 Americans to every North Korean and North Korea is basically running off tech that was outdated half a century ago. It's like making the Romans your villain.

I like to think if it was about North Korea invading the UK (how would they even get there? The idea of a bunch of North Koreans and sailing past half the world so they can disembark at Hull =D), I'd still think it's really silly, because in the UK patriotism is the thing you make jokes about whilst queuing (in the rain).

If North Korea invaded the UK we'd snark at them until they went away again.

BrotherRool:
I'd just like to have it on record that I always thought Homefront's premise was stupid and Homefront completely met my satisfaction of stupidity on that front. WOLVERINE!!!!

'North Korea invades the US-' nope you've already lost me. It helps that it isn't my country being invaded, so it's very easy to recognise the desire to be the scrappy underdog fighting a clear cut bad guy in a world where most wars now involve incredibly well-trained and equipped soldiers fighting semi-illiterate rebel partisans in foreign countries with often complicated and sometimes questionable motivations. But North Korea really is a pathetic threat. There's 12 Americans to every North Korean and North Korea is basically running off tech that was outdated half a century ago. It's like making the Romans your villain.

I like to think if it was about North Korea invading the UK (how would they even get there? The idea of a bunch of North Koreans and sailing past half the world so they can disembark at Hull =D), I'd still think it's really silly, because in the UK patriotism is the thing you make jokes about whilst queuing (in the rain).

If North Korea invaded the UK we'd snark at them until they went away again.

Well, the premise is that after a worldwide economic collapse, North Korea creates an Asian empire that includes Japan, China and most of Southeast Asia. While farfetched, it's not as implausible as you make it sound. There's a lot of manpower in China ...

As for invading the U.K. - I'd rather see a game where the French take over. :)

Greg Tito:

Well, the premise is that after a worldwide economic collapse, North Korea creates an Asian empire that includes Japan, China and most of Southeast Asia. While farfetched, it's not as implausible as you make it sound. There's a lot of manpower in China ...

As for invading the U.K. - I'd rather see a game where the French take over. :)

I think the implausible part there is where North Korea gets sovereignty over China =D There's literally 50 people in China to every one person in North Korea and China has the 2nd highest military spending in the world. North Korea might literally run out of bullets first. Theoretically they could ally, but an alliance of China and North Korea is basically just China.

And whilst an economic collapse could be potentially upsetting to the power balance of the world, the North Korean economy is so bad that they literally cannot afford food. The NK economic levels are what counts as an economic collapse to the rest of the world. Even if the whole idea of economy was reset, all the manufacturing infrastructure, the people with scientific and technical knowledge etc, thats all in countries like China or Japan.

To be fair Homefront probably wanted to have it be China doing the invading, it's just companies find themselves a little nervous about self-indulgences like this when the country they're choosing to portray as the personification of evil happens to be an economic powerhouse :P

EDIT: Also apologies for being entirely too serious about a very silly topic I'm not quite sure why I ended up here, but I'm most definitely tryharding too much atm =D

I didn't play the first Homefront and I have a question.

There's no doubt CryTek can make a shooter, but why would they want to make a Homefront game? The first one didn't sell, was seen as just another CoD clone and the N Korea invading America plot doesn't make any sense. So what gives?

LaoJim:
I didn't play the first Homefront and I have a question.

There's no doubt CryTek can make a shooter, but why would they want to make a Homefront game? The first one didn't sell, was seen as just another CoD clone and the N Korea invading America plot doesn't make any sense. So what gives?

Homefront would have done fairly okay with 2.5 million copies sold in the first month, hadn't THQ already sunk an insane amount of money trying to get it out in the first place, so there might be some recognition with people who enjoyed the first game and it probably wasn't bad enough to dissuade anyone from buying this one that looks more interesting.
Also, while ridiculous, North Korea is probably about the only choice for a (human) invader, that is both relatively safe (not a major market for videogames) and still somewhat scary to Americans (with nuclear weapons and the ability to seemingly perfectly control a populace that by all accounts should have long risen up and overthrown its government)

Simonism451:

Homefront would have done fairly okay with 2.5 million copies sold in the first month...

Ok, maybe it did a lot better than I remember. The reviews I read at the time mostly regarded it as a failure, but if people bought it and enjoyed it I can the franchise might be worth something.

Crytek is also trying to change the game around. The first game tried to compete with CoD by being CoD with linear level design and what not. This one is trying to be open world and use guns that don't sound like jackhammers when they fire.

 

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