The Homefront franchise might just be as resilient as its gritty protagonist. It’s been more than three years since the original game was released. Since then, it’s original publisher THQ has been forced to file for bankruptcy and auction off its franchises. Crytek bought the rights to Homefront in 2011 and have been working on a sequel titled Homefront: The Revolution, despite the underwhelming response to the original game.
With a new developer behind the project, however, Homefront: The Revolution might just be able to shine in a way that the original game did not. In an attempt to stand out in the crowded first-person shooter market, Crytek have mixed guerrilla war tactical gameplay with an open world to explore.
Taking place two years after the original, Homefront: The Revolution manages to have an even slightly more outlandish premise. The first game was about the invasion of America by the united Greater Korean Republic who are, in this universe, a global superpower. Homefront: The Revolution starts in the fourth year of the invasion. America has successfully retaken many of the western states, but Korea retains control of the east. A simple glance at a map will explain the increasing absurdity of this, but the crazy political situation is perhaps half the appeal here.
Philadelphia is also now the highly policed home base for the Korean People’s Army (KPA). The story will follow Ethan Brady as he attempts to orchestrate a resistance movement against them to liberate the city. The fact that the player is at the center of this situation makes for some interesting gameplay adjustments.
Stealth will be an important aspect of The Revolution, as players will have to try to remain innocuous to the patrolling militias. A smartphone will be the player’s secret weapon and can be used to tag enemies, security cameras and valuable objects, giving the players an edge in removing obstacles without being seen.
Scavenging for parts is another pillar of gameplay and will allow players to modify their weapons. Interestingly, modification can be done while in the middle of a firefight, allowing players a level of versatility in how they approach a situation. This is going to be needed, as Crytek has made it very apparent how outmatched the rebels are against their KPA overlords, who are visually much more prepared for conflict. It’s this kind of oppressive atmosphere that will help Homefront: The Revolution stand out in the first-person shooter genre.
Homefront: The Revolution is set for release sometime in 2015 and will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, OS X and Linux. So what do you think? Are you excited for the return of the Homefront franchise? Let us know in the comments.