THQ Promises No "Steroided-Out" Flag-Wavers in Homefront

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THQ Promises No "Steroided-Out" Flag-Wavers in Homefront

THQ Vice President Danny Bilson says the upcoming shooter Homefront will stand out from games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor because "there's no steroided-out super-soldier waving the American flag" running around to save the day.

Due out in early 2011, Homefront is set in the year 2027, when a reunited and nuclear-armed Korea invades the United States, which is in the grip of an almost total economic collapse. Players will join the American resistance and engage the occupiers with a combination of advanced, near-future technology and guerrilla tactics. The game will be a military shooter, but THQ's Bilson said it will be substantially different from its contemporaries in at least one way.

"The most important thing about Homefront is that it completely differentiates from [Call of Duty and Medal of Honor]," he told CVG. "There's no steroided-out, super-soldier, waving the American flag, saying, you know [puts on gruff Yankee voice], 'We're Rangers. Toughest guys in the world.' You know? It's like, no interest in that."

"We're a global company. No jingoism here," he continued. "What we're telling the story of is civilians fighting for their homes. We've created this massive world of 2027. And it's global. We haven't got there yet but you're going to see Homefront: London later on in the franchise. This is not just a game in the U.S."

Bilson actually worked as a writer on a number of earlier Medal of Honor games, including Frontline, Allied Assault and Rising Sun, but he said the "tonality" of Homefront will be entirely unlike that of the current crop of military-themed shooters. "It's violence with consequence. There is civilian misery in this game," he explained. "There's a sequence where you and your guys go into a neighborhood and they want you out - even though they're Americans. They don't want the Koreans coming there and they don't want to get shot at."

"In last year's Call Of Duty where they kind of got to America during a Russian invasion, not there were no civilians anywhere. It was like being on a lot in a movie studio," he said. "Everything was pristine. It was really fun - loved the game, those guys are brilliant. But our mission is to go where the other guys aren't. We're using the skills of our team to their best advantage."

Homefront is being developed by Frontlines: Fuel of War creator Kaos Studios for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Well, that's good, at least. Constant macho patriotism gets a bit tiring after a while.

However, considering this is being developed by the studio behind the phenomenally mediocre Frontlines: Fuel of War, I'll reserve my excitement.

I like that idea.

Some companies belive that if a shooter doesnt have 100 American flags in the first 10 mintes it will scare the American gamers away.

Its a good idea, but Ill wait to hear about the execution.

Too much American willy waving for my like. I think il pass.. (The trailer was well made).

For people going for a grounded setting, the war they're imagining should be a bit less ridiculous. North Korea reuniting the Korean peninsula? A Korean invasion of the United States? You've got to be kidding me.

Sold. Sold, sold and sold. This game has the capacity to go international, especially seeing as the tone seems to suggest that America won't be winning this one - a United Korean invasion of Europe would be awesome.

Also, hoping for character customization in this above and beyond "how fast do you want to run with your knife out?"

EDIT - Another reason for America to lose and for Korea to attack Europe - the line "We've been the bloody UK longer than you have, mate! *bang*"

Interesting. Tad ironic that the first half of the game's title is made to look like the American flag, though.

Would you look at that, a shooter that actually presents a relatively believable backstory for the "evil country invades America" plot. That's good.

Trailer looked nice too, nice use of existing footage. That also shows what kind of power the media has; with the right amount of cutting and pasting, you can create or distort any kind of story, interview or whatever.

Distorted Stu:
Too much American willy waving for my like. I think il pass.. (The trailer was well made).

Wait...whut? This article is about that they're not going to do that as they dislike it themselves.

SuperMse:
Interesting. Tad ironic that the first half of the game's title is made to look like the American flag, though.

Well it is America that's being invaded, the war being on their turf.

I was interested until I read it was by the same people that made Frontlines fuel of war. That game pushed the envelope in terms of how terrible a game can be in graphics, gameplay and story.

Also, Homefront: London would be infinitely more interesting, and i'm saying that as an american.

But there will be still someone (allegedly) awesome running around saving the day, I guess.

SuperMse:
Interesting. Tad ironic that the first half of the game's title is made to look like the American flag, though.

My thoughts exactly.

I'll believe this isn't just some patriotic dick meassuring contest of a game when I see it.

Andy Chalk:
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Well I am loving Frontlines, so I hope this is good also. :)

megs1120:
For people going for a grounded setting, the war they're imagining should be a bit less ridiculous. North Korea reuniting the Korean peninsula? A Korean invasion of the United States? You've got to be kidding me.

\actually, I've heard how Korea will gain power so quickly is an important plot point.

OT: anyway this game sounds awesome to me. the prospect of civilians standing up to protect their country just seems awesome to me, don't know why.

Funny, considering the trailer is the most "flag-waving" one I've seen in my life for a game (that I can recall now, tell me if there's one that's worse).

Cowabungaa:
Would you look at that, a shooter that actually presents a relatively believable backstory for the "evil country invades America" plot. That's good.

Trailer looked nice too, nice use of existing footage. That also shows what kind of power the media has; with the right amount of cutting and pasting, you can create or distort any kind of story, interview or whatever.

Distorted Stu:
Too much American willy waving for my like. I think il pass.. (The trailer was well made).

Wait...whut? This article is about that they're not going to do that as they dislike it themselves.

SuperMse:
Interesting. Tad ironic that the first half of the game's title is made to look like the American flag, though.

Well it is America that's being invaded, the war being on their turf.

Its just too american for me, i mean, i don't recall seeing British or other allies troops being mentioned once. It was just Korea VS the world with the US being the hero.. thus making the figurative American willy even bigger. Patrioism makes me cringe.

Hahaha seriously, they could have atleast had a dacent plot, korea wont unite, ifit attacks america EUrope will probobally help, and I think Japan would kick koreas ass. So much fail. As much as I hate teryotypes I would rather a belivable power like china attack.

Also this is failing at the "less patriotism" aspect.

i really hope the game turns out to be great. Frontlines was fun but nothing amazing.

Homefront: London? Now that would be cool.

The trailer looked good. Maybe I will be getting this game after all...

Distorted Stu:
Its just too american for me, i mean, i don't recall seeing British or other allies troops being mentioned once. It was just Korea VS the world with the US being the hero.. thus making the figurative American willy even bigger. Patrioism makes me cringe.

There is one trailer about this game. ONE! How on earth can you know that? And I'm not sure whether you actually read the article, but:

There's a sequence where you and your guys go into a neighborhood and they want you out - even though they're Americans.

Doesn't sound very AMERICA, FUCK YEAH! now does it?

I wouldn't be so quick to judge about a game with one teeny tiny trailer that just explains the backstory, and pretty much nothing about what we'll actually see in the game. Who says that the Americans won't be reinforced by EU troops at one point? Who says they'll actually win?

As for America being portrayed as the hero, that makes me doubt whether you've actually seen the trailer. Riots, financial crisis, fuel problems, you name it. If anything this trailer makes America look like anything bút the valiant last bastion of freedom, but a crumbling old superpower in danger of being annexed.

All this article is about is how they don't want to make it your average 'Go America go!' shooter. That's all there is to it, that's all we know about it.

Ugghhh... I'm not willing to pay $60 for another 6 hour long FPS, so I'll pass despite the lack of steroids.

Now if this game were an open world........

The fact the USA is getting it's ass handed to them by an united Korea is enough to warrant interest and a rental. Seriously, I was totally forgetting I was watching some kind of trailer but rather a real-life news report unfolding infront of my eyes.

And yes, I have been tired of see that America wave waving everywhere, it's time to to see from the same perspective, different scenario.

It's almost like they looked at their own trailer, noticed the American flag in the letters and the clichéd 'America's real life Communist enemies are the evil bad guys' plot, then realised how Jingoistic it is and released a press statement to the contrary.

It sounds like they're trying to convince themselves with that press statement or getting in there first by refuting criticism before it's made.

At least they're trying, people!

It's more settling that they're going: "Let's tell a story", Instead of trying to make a successful game.

I'd buy this over a war-game sequel, any day.

Furburt:
Well, that's good, at least. Constant macho patriotism gets a bit tiring after a while.

However, considering this is being developed by the studio behind the phenomenally mediocre Frontlines: Fuel of War, I'll reserve my excitement.

lol. Nicely said.

OT: I wanna play the Koreans.

Jonny49:
Homefront: London? Now that would be cool.

I know! Finaly a game based in Briton not about fantasy!
Well exculding Risistance:FOM.
OT: Looks interesting. Hope it's good enough to get to sequal stage.

Not a smart move, making one of the most intensive gaming nations on the earth the bad guys.

I hate how Japan always loses in all WW3 theories. Anyway it looks good but I would prefer FPS from south Europe.

The American flag in the title could've fooled me, I shall be honest.
But, I might just give this a look, now...

Korten12:

Andy Chalk:
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Well I am loving Frontlines, so I hope this is good also. :)

I thought Frontlines was a fine game. Especially for a new IP from a new company. Loved the RC gadgets lol.

This game sounds quite similar to Turning Point in terms of story. Just not Nazi's invading.

Furburt:
Well, that's good, at least. Constant macho patriotism gets a bit tiring after a while.

I wouldn't be too sure this'll be the one to break that cycle though - it game tries to potray America as in danger from N. Korea and how the "Big Bad Koreans" are threating America...so, its the superpower victim syndrome again.

Btw, I don't support N. Korea, its just that their not "Big Bad", their out teched and lead by frankly insane folk.

megs1120:
For people going for a grounded setting, the war they're imagining should be a bit less ridiculous. North Korea reuniting the Korean peninsula? A Korean invasion of the United States? You've got to be kidding me.

Not nessecarilly, while i can think of no reason to invade the U.S. they (the greater korean republic) would certainly have the man power for it.

Nice to see developers noticing this problem even if they don't do anything about it.

Vhite:
Anyway it looks good but I would prefer FPS from south Europe.

Now that's a setting we haven't seen very often. Guns of Navarone in gameform? A guerilla-style WW2 shooter set in the Mediterranean? Dibs!

I want a game where I play as the invading Russians, from their point of view. And I want the USA to be the bad guys threatening to nuke the shit out of the Russians.

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