Homefront is gearing up to be THQs biggest release
THQ is starting to become a company known for the high quality original IPs they release on a regular basis. Unfortunately they are also known for releasing fantastic games that don’t sell near the same numbers as the substandard rehash sequels put out by some of their competitors.
It looks like all this may be about to change however as Danny Bilson, an executive at THQ, told Eurogamer that Homefront, their upcoming first person shooter, has managed to score a reasonably impressive 200,000 confirmed pre-orders in the United States alone. When you think about these numbers in terms of juggernaut franchises like Halo, Gears of War or Call of Duty the numbers may not seem as impressive; but for an all new IP without two years of hype those numbers are pretty good.
Bilson also went on to address the rumors going around that THQ was planning on disbanding Kaos Studios following the game’s release. While neither confirming or denying the rumor he did state that “A lot of it has to do with how successful it is and how strong that core team comes out on the other side,”. Bilson also went on to say ”I love those guys. I’ve worked very closely with them on this game for years. There’s nothing disrespectful going on at all. We’re trying to do what’s best for everyone.”
You can read his statements in their entirety over at Eurogamer.
I can’t say I was the biggest fan of Kaos Studios’ last game, Frontlines: Fuel of War, but that was more because of it being nearly unplayable on Xbox Live; however I never like to see any developer close down, especially with a series as promising as Homefront only weeks from release. Fortunately the game is gearing up to be a big release for THQ, and they didn’t even need to package it with another full priced game in order to convince people to try it like they did with Darksiders.
Homefront is an upcoming first person shooter developed by Kaos Studios. The game is set in a disturbingly plausible world in which the United States is on the brink of collapse following an invasion from a unified Korean empire. The player takes on the role of a soldier in an underground American resistance based out of Colorado as they try to free their homeland from the oppressive invaders. If that story reminds you of the classic film Red Dawn in any way that is because it has been written by John Milius, the writer of Red Dawn and co-writer of Apocalypse Now. The game is due out March 15th and, as you can probably guess, I am one of those 200,000 people who pre-ordered it so you can expect a full review in the weeks following its release.
Original Source: Eurogamer