THQ has unveiled a new cinematic trailer for Homefront, painting a bleak portrait of the occupied United States in the year 2027.
Homefront, for those who haven't seen it, is a near-future shooter in which an economically-collapsed United States has been cut loose by its allies and then invaded by a unified, nuclear-armed Korea. But the invaders' efforts are stymied by a small group of Colorado high school students who arm themselves at a local sporting goods store, flee into the mountains and conduct a guerrilla warfare resistance campaign until the U.S. military can right itself and strike back.
No, wait, I'm thinking of something else. It's an easy mistake to make, though, and not just because you'll be playing as an average, everyday gun-toting guy fighting off a Commie invasion; the game's script and accompanying novel is being provided by none other than John Milius, the director and co-writer of the 80s "classic" Red Dawn. Nonetheless, the game sounds promising, particularly given THQ Vice-President Danny Bilson's assurance that the game won't have any "steroided-out super-soldier waving the American flag."
The new trailer doesn't show off much in the way of gameplay, but it does look brutal and intense. It's a lot easier to hit those marks in a heavily-edited, two-minute promotional video than over the course of an entire videogame, but THQ appears to be taking this one seriously and is giving it an awful lot of push. Bilson's talk of a "vast transmedia strategy" makes me a little nervous, but I'm still hopeful that Homefront lives up to its billing.
Homefront is due out in March 2011 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.