Homefront Novel Tells Story of Korea Invading U.S. in 2027

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Homefront Novel Tells Story of Korea Invading U.S. in 2027

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Using the dreaded buzzword "transmedia," THQ announced a tie-in novel for Homefront co-written by the game's author.

While the game may not be my particular cup of tea (Earl Grey, hot), I'm actually very interested in the story behind the Korean invasion of America in Homefront. John Milius, the director and co-writer of the 80's Red Dawn, has crafted a bleak picture of the occupation of the U.S. after its military and society are broken by years of economic hardship and political unrest. Today, as part of its grand "transmedia strategy" for the Homefront, THQ announced that a novel penned by Milius and Raymond Benson (veteran of many novels based videogame and movie franchises such as James Bond and Splinter Cell) will be released at the same time as the game. Homefront is due out in March on the PC, the PS3 and Xbox 360.

"Homefront represents a fascinating vision of the near future," said John Milius, who I will forever picture as Walter from The Big Leboswki because the Coen brothers allegedly based the character on him. "After completing my work on the game, it became clear that there were many more stories to tell, and this book will offer a chilling look at this near-future world."

The story of Homefront seems custom-made for those with interests in alternate history or post-apocalyptia. In 2027, the U.S. is abandoned by all its allies and is therefore susceptible to an attack by a United Korea under the Kim Jong Il's son. The player must join the Resistance and fight guerrilla-style against the invaders in walled suburban towns across the American countryside.

"We're delighted to confirm the first element of what will become a vast transmedia strategy for Homefront," said Danny Bilson, VP of Core Games at THQ. "John Milius has already worked with us extensively on the Homefront game, and we're thrilled to have him and Raymond on board as we develop our near-future world into other types of media."

Bilson seems to be hinting that this "transmedia strategy" is just beginning. Let me guess, there will be a comic book set in the Homefront universe. Or maybe, an animated short? Action figures? What do you guys think?

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What a yawn. The "chilling future" seems pretty contrived and "transmedia" is almost never any good since it's in service of marketing from its very base rather than existing for its own sake.

Huh. Considering the US could annihilate the North with a button this doesn't seem like the most realistic setting.

Still, I'll give it a chance and keep an eye out.

Mackheath:
Huh. Considering the US could annihilate the North with a button this doesn't seem like the most realistic setting.

Still, I'll give it a chance and keep an eye out.

Well the excuse is that the U.S. is severly weakened, but it does still seem incredibly contrived to me; more so than even MW2.

we seem obsessed with the idea of having to defend against an invasion despite the fact the odds of that ever happening are fantastically unlikely, although Ive heard that in the plot of the game we first go tho a civil war and they invade while thats going on or something

Mackheath:
Huh. Considering the US could annihilate the North with a button this doesn't seem like the most realistic setting.

Still, I'll give it a chance and keep an eye out.

Yup Micky said it best.

Worgen:
we seem obsessed with the idea of having to defend against an invasion despite the fact the odds of that ever happening are fantastically unlikely, although Ive heard that in the plot of the game we first go tho a civil war and they invade while thats going on or something

America is still one of my favorite battlefronts. We don't see it often enough in my mind and I really enjoy the familiar setting as I move from house to house. Unlikely or not, at least it hasn't yet been done to death *coughnormandycough*

I'll be in Japan before it happpens. Have fun guys

The idea that North Korea could ever pose a threat to the US is laughable. On top of that, more likely it'll be China who invades the US when we can't pay them back the trillions of dollars we owe them.

Sounds interesting, though I can't figure out why Korea would ever attempt to invade the U.S.

Gxas:

Worgen:
we seem obsessed with the idea of having to defend against an invasion despite the fact the odds of that ever happening are fantastically unlikely, although Ive heard that in the plot of the game we first go tho a civil war and they invade while thats going on or something

America is still one of my favorite battlefronts. We don't see it often enough in my mind and I really enjoy the familiar setting as I move from house to house. Unlikely or not, at least it hasn't yet been done to death *coughnormandycough*

I suppose altho a real invasion is really hard because we have the ultimate defense, a couple big ass oceans... I wonder why its north korea and not someplace we share a border with like mexico or canada

Ensiferum:
The idea that North Korea could ever pose a threat to the US is laughable. On top of that, more likely it'll be China who invades the US when we can't pay them back the trillions of dollars we owe them.

that would really work out in our favor since as soon as they go to war with us we get to wipe out our debt

Hmm, if they had a collectors edition that came with the book and the game, I'd definitely get that.

Keep in mind a lot can happen in 17 years.

Worgen:

Gxas:

Worgen:
we seem obsessed with the idea of having to defend against an invasion despite the fact the odds of that ever happening are fantastically unlikely, although Ive heard that in the plot of the game we first go tho a civil war and they invade while thats going on or something

America is still one of my favorite battlefronts. We don't see it often enough in my mind and I really enjoy the familiar setting as I move from house to house. Unlikely or not, at least it hasn't yet been done to death *coughnormandycough*

I suppose altho a real invasion is really hard because we have the ultimate defense, a couple big ass oceans... I wonder why its north korea and not someplace we share a border with like mexico or canada

All seriousness joking aside, Korea is the most legitimate threat at the moment. Aside from the Middle East, of course. But no invasion would come from the Middle East, they don't have the man-power for an assault. Insurgency is all they can really muster at the moment.

I thought that you would play as a Korean soldier in this game, but stupid me didint realize this game id written by the guy who co-wrote the "Red Dawn" movie, witch was about a civilian resistance fighting the Soviets with guerilla tactics across the American countryside. The only thing that he change was replacing Soviets with North-Korean.
Dammit! I want to play a Soviet soldier gunning down American High school students!

I'm looking forward to this game. I like how they're completely throwing away patriotism and turning America into nothing but a warzone. (Instead of just a city or two in Modern Warfare 2.)

And it comes as no surprise that the world would turn their backs on America; we do have a tendency to be massive pricks but when we want something we ask nicely. And by nicely, I mean threaten with attacks.

Mr.Gompers:
Sounds interesting, though I can't figure out why Korea would ever attempt to invade the U.S.

You don't know much about NORTH Korea then.
This article speaks of a United Korea which would mean by 2027 - according to this transcript - South Korea would have been taken over by North Korea. (they are on hostile terms) It's not about Korea invading; it's about North Korea invading South Korea and then the U.S.
Big difference.

South Korea and U.S. are allies. Just wanted to throw it out there.

Worgen:

Ensiferum:
The idea that North Korea could ever pose a threat to the US is laughable. On top of that, more likely it'll be China who invades the US when we can't pay them back the trillions of dollars we owe them.

that would really work out in our favor since as soon as they go to war with us we get to wipe out our debt

lol that's true

Vyress:

Mr.Gompers:
Sounds interesting, though I can't figure out why Korea would ever attempt to invade the U.S.

You don't know much about NORTH Korea then.
This article speaks of a United Korea which would mean by 2027 - according to this transcript - South Korea would have been taken over by North Korea. (they are on hostile terms) It's not about Korea invading; it's about North Korea invading South Korea and then the U.S.
Big difference.

South Korea and U.S. are allies. Just wanted to throw it out there.

That only makes it more silly a scenario. North Korea takes over the South and gets away with it? Shouldn't the shit have hit the fan right then? Even if you put South Korea aside, Japan would be screaming for US intervention. The game is only set 17 years into the future. So the US has to fall so far as to fail to respond to a threat to two allies in East Asia, then get invaded itself? And Korea's supposed to be holding down Asia and invading something as huge and far away as America?

Gxas:

Worgen:

Gxas:

Worgen:
we seem obsessed with the idea of having to defend against an invasion despite the fact the odds of that ever happening are fantastically unlikely, although Ive heard that in the plot of the game we first go tho a civil war and they invade while thats going on or something

America is still one of my favorite battlefronts. We don't see it often enough in my mind and I really enjoy the familiar setting as I move from house to house. Unlikely or not, at least it hasn't yet been done to death *coughnormandycough*

I suppose altho a real invasion is really hard because we have the ultimate defense, a couple big ass oceans... I wonder why its north korea and not someplace we share a border with like mexico or canada

All seriousness joking aside, Korea is the most legitimate threat at the moment. Aside from the Middle East, of course. But no invasion would come from the Middle East, they don't have the man-power for an assault. Insurgency is all they can really muster at the moment.

they arnt a real threat tho, I mean they could nuke something but right now they dont have any missles capable of reaching Hawaii let alone the mainland, really japan is in the most danger of it, when it comes to an amphibious invasion... well I seriously doubt anyone could pull that off unless they could land in like canada or mexico and buildup a big force to then roll over the border, but there is no time when an invasion force is more vulnerable then when its on the coast

I'm looking forward to this game actually. MW2 gave me a taste but I really want to fight a (virtual) war on US soil.

Fronzel:

Vyress:

Mr.Gompers:
Sounds interesting, though I can't figure out why Korea would ever attempt to invade the U.S.

You don't know much about NORTH Korea then.
This article speaks of a United Korea which would mean by 2027 - according to this transcript - South Korea would have been taken over by North Korea. (they are on hostile terms) It's not about Korea invading; it's about North Korea invading South Korea and then the U.S.
Big difference.

South Korea and U.S. are allies. Just wanted to throw it out there.

That only makes it more silly a scenario. North Korea takes over the South and gets away with it? Shouldn't the shit have hit the fan right then? Even if you put South Korea aside, Japan would be screaming for US intervention. The game is only set 17 years into the future. So the US has to fall so far as to fail to respond to a threat to two allies in East Asia, then get invaded itself? And Korea's supposed to be holding down Asia and invading something as huge and far away as America?

Shit hit the fan? Do you have any idea how ineffective the UN is?! (oh sarcastic political commentary, half the time you get laughs and the other half people hate you.)

But also, it's just a video game. Why should it have to be an incredibly realistic scenario?

JUMBO PALACE:

Fronzel:

Vyress:

Mr.Gompers:
Sounds interesting, though I can't figure out why Korea would ever attempt to invade the U.S.

You don't know much about NORTH Korea then.
This article speaks of a United Korea which would mean by 2027 - according to this transcript - South Korea would have been taken over by North Korea. (they are on hostile terms) It's not about Korea invading; it's about North Korea invading South Korea and then the U.S.
Big difference.

South Korea and U.S. are allies. Just wanted to throw it out there.

That only makes it more silly a scenario. North Korea takes over the South and gets away with it? Shouldn't the shit have hit the fan right then? Even if you put South Korea aside, Japan would be screaming for US intervention. The game is only set 17 years into the future. So the US has to fall so far as to fail to respond to a threat to two allies in East Asia, then get invaded itself? And Korea's supposed to be holding down Asia and invading something as huge and far away as America?

Shit hit the fan? Do you have any idea how ineffective the UN is?! (oh sarcastic political commentary, half the time you get laughs and the other half people hate you.)

But also, it's just a video game. Why should it have to be an incredibly realistic scenario?

Who mentioned the UN? If North Korea attacked the South, the US would be obligated to help and Japan would shit itself, but apparently this didn't happen. Hard to believe.

Your realism argument is misplaced; they're called this thing a "fascination vision of the near future". Don't you need some level of believability to achieve that? Compare to the Red Alert games; they don't have this problem because they're deliberately silly Cold War cartoons.

Fronzel:

JUMBO PALACE:

Fronzel:

Vyress:

Mr.Gompers:
Sounds interesting, though I can't figure out why Korea would ever attempt to invade the U.S.

You don't know much about NORTH Korea then.
This article speaks of a United Korea which would mean by 2027 - according to this transcript - South Korea would have been taken over by North Korea. (they are on hostile terms) It's not about Korea invading; it's about North Korea invading South Korea and then the U.S.
Big difference.

South Korea and U.S. are allies. Just wanted to throw it out there.

That only makes it more silly a scenario. North Korea takes over the South and gets away with it? Shouldn't the shit have hit the fan right then? Even if you put South Korea aside, Japan would be screaming for US intervention. The game is only set 17 years into the future. So the US has to fall so far as to fail to respond to a threat to two allies in East Asia, then get invaded itself? And Korea's supposed to be holding down Asia and invading something as huge and far away as America?

Shit hit the fan? Do you have any idea how ineffective the UN is?! (oh sarcastic political commentary, half the time you get laughs and the other half people hate you.)

But also, it's just a video game. Why should it have to be an incredibly realistic scenario?

Who mentioned the UN? If North Korea attacked the South, the US would be obligated to help and Japan would shit itself, but apparently this didn't happen. Hard to believe.

Your realism argument is misplaced; they're called this thing a "fascination vision of the near future". Don't you need some level of believability to achieve that? Compare to the Red Alert games; they don't have this problem because they're deliberately silly Cold War cartoons.

No one mentioned the UN prior to my comment. I just thought it relevant to mention that in times of global conflict, the UN, which would be obligated to stop an attack on South Korea by the North, is often slow to react. (see the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur and the Gulf War.)

As to the realism factor, North Korea is headed by a man obsessed with nuclear arms and clearly would like to acquire South Korea as a territory. Sure the concept of the game is a little far fetched, but saw was Turning Point Fall of Liberty and no one cried foul at that. It's just an interesting scenario. The article also states that it is at a time in which all of the United State's allies abandon it, which might not be to hard to believe considering the opinions many countries have of the US as an imperialist world police force.

Id think it's more likely that the US invades North Korea, not the other way around

The reason why Korea is a threat is because they have the ability to build long range nuclear weapons. Of course, if they ever did use those nukes on us, we would be able to completely annihilate the country. If Korea ever attempted to invade us we would have no problems holding back their assault. Someone also said that China could invade us if we didn't pay them back the money they owe (I didn't bother finding it and quoting it because I'm lazy). The problem with that is before that ever happens, the US will just print the money necessary to pay the Chinese back and deal with the economic consequences instead of a war. The last real threat was Russia, and even then we feared them far more for their nukes than their armed forces. The middle east will never be a threat thanks to the British after WWII forming boundary lines that lead to massive infighting within each country. In fact, full scale, modernized warfare is less and less likely to occur thanks to the deterrence of a nuclear retaliation. Most likely, no wars between major powers will occur until missile shields are developed, as the risk of Nuclear Armageddon is far too great.

This is so unrealistic it's not even funny...North Korea couldn't even build a sizable navy in 17 years! A single Aircraft carrier would have been enough to wipe out an invasion from NK even if they had 17 years to try to build a navy.

Sound quite a bit boring to me, Metro 2033 was far more interesting than this. The background story is just a bit too stupid and the story sounds like it's ripping off MW2.

I think THQ's "transmedia" strategy is not only related to Homefront, I think they're trying to say that there are more book/videogames tie-ins coming in the next few years, like Metro 2033 and Homefront, wich sounds quite interesting, if it's the right story, not this crappy rip-off of a crappy game.

Dr.Nick:
This is so unrealistic it's not even funny...North Korea couldn't even build a sizable navy in 17 years! A single Aircraft carrier would have been enough to wipe out an invasion from NK even if they had 17 years to try to build a navy.

This. China could barely pull off an invasion of Taiwan with its current navy. (Such an invasion has been referred to as the million man swim)
But here we are talking about one of the most destitute countries on the planet that somehow managed to build a navy capable of reaching the US, fighting the US navy, and landing troops in the United States. It's a laughable scenario.

Edit: Didn't players from the North Korean soccer team desert during the world cup? What makes anyone think that poor conscripts won't do the same?

May I speak for all of Canada for a second?

Ignore all the jokes, we do stand beside you Americans when it comes to invasions

I know that I would probably be in uniform if this happened. Canada would come to America's aid, for better or for worse. This is our continent too and we are happy to share it with our southern neighbors. We don't want anything to change.

Now, as for the story (ignoring the whole "Canada ditched us" thing), I think it would make a great game. I would play it. Tons of fighting in iconic USA environments and there is an opportunity to delve into some deep sub plots involving Americans living under occupation.

Please, please don't make this generic American war #4888811110038. There is a chance to actually go beyond the "ARMY IS AWESOME" mentality of most of these games.

JUMBO PALACE:
But also, it's just a video game. Why should it have to be an incredibly realistic scenario?

Agreed. Fantastic, impossible in real life games are the best IMO :D

Vyress:

Mr.Gompers:
Sounds interesting, though I can't figure out why Korea would ever attempt to invade the U.S.

You don't know much about NORTH Korea then.
This article speaks of a United Korea which would mean by 2027 - according to this transcript - South Korea would have been taken over by North Korea. (they are on hostile terms) It's not about Korea invading; it's about North Korea invading South Korea and then the U.S.
Big difference.

South Korea and U.S. are allies. Just wanted to throw it out there.

I could understand North Korea invading South Korea. What I don't see happening is this United Korea being able to launch an invasion of mainland America, which would meet great resistance even if the Military was in the gutter. Plus, their armies would face the trouble of having a supply chain which is at least 2,000 miles long if they are fighting in Alaska, and 5,000 miles if they take the fight to the mainland, and then what gain would they get from such an invasion? A crap load of unhappy subjects who are armed to the teeth and trigger happy? I was just saying it's a kinda odd scenario, but whatever.

archvile93:

Mackheath:
Huh. Considering the US could annihilate the North with a button this doesn't seem like the most realistic setting.

Still, I'll give it a chance and keep an eye out.

Well the excuse is that the U.S. is severly weakened, but it does still seem incredibly contrived to me; more so than even MW2.

Quite so - this whole idea of North Korean somehow marching over the South and then onto the USA seems to be purely based on "OMG, NKs got 1 mil Soliders! They'd beat USA!" Which does not take into account...well, anything beyond numbers, like: training, quality of weaponary, strategy, tactics, and of course, strategic and tactical nuclear weapons in the shit really did hit the fan.

This is also what bugged me alot about Splinter Cell: Choas Theory - they showed these advanced "North Korean Drones" with guns and the like, and the only way that North Korean could lay their hands on tech like that in the forseeable future is through China, who aren't overly friendly with NK, just enough to want to keep the US out.

To those who say that Korea invading the US is contrived:

For the purposes of this exercise, I have gotten all my info from Wikipedia. I can verify the sources if necessary.

Homefront's storyline posits that North Korea and South Korea unite into one country in 2013 (not something that is not impossible diplomatically, says my acquaintance, who is a political science major).

Currently, South Korea has a standing army of 3.7 million, complemented by 2500 modern battle tanks and 840 aircraft, as well as full-fledged blue-water navy, replete with destroyers, submarines, and amphibious assault craft. North Korea has an army of 1.21 million, complemented by 4060 tanks, 2500 APCs, and an unspecified number of aircraft. Combined, the two armies would indisputably outnumber the US army. Technologically, the gap between the Korean and US military is not especially large, and the South Koreans would bring a great deal of advanced hardware with them. Suffice to say, a united Korea would certainly be a military force capable of annihilating any local military (with the exception of the PLA).

Note that these figures are peacetime and would certainly increase during wartime.

Homefront then goes on to posit that, by 2017, the United States would be facing a civil and economic crisis as a government overburdened with expenses began to collapse under its own weight (again, not an impossibility if current debt and expenditures continue unchecked).

This crisis would spur a recall of US troops from foreign bases, including all bases in Asia. Without the immediate support of the weakened US, Japan would face an infinitely stronger Korean military. Under threat of annihilation, Japan, an island of capitalism and Western ideals in east Asia would buckle and submit to Korean authority around 2018.

China, Korea's Communist ally, would then openly join the Koreans. China, I would like to note, is not blind to the fact that it lacks a navy, and is currently concentrating on building one. The Chinese would be a MASSIVE bolster to the Koreans.

Around 2022, as the US economy nears collapse, with the American military increasingly undersupplied, Korea continues to annex East Asian and Pacific countries (repeating the conquests of the Japanese Empire prior to WWII). By now, the Koreans and their allies are more than capable of defeating the US (short of a nuclear exchange).

I could stop here, and leave your imaginations to construct how an extremely plausible invasion scenario might play out. Homefront has the Koreans launch some sort of EMP blasting satellite to cripple United States electronics before invading, etc., etc., but this is only one possibility.

Homefront's story is not far-fetched. Think a bit before casting judgment.

Oh, and the story details are all derived from this video: http://g4tv.com/videos/46339/homefront-backstory-trailer/

Well, at least it's not Russia this time...<.<

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