After publisher THQ dissolved three years ago, its IPs were auctioned off to the highest bidders, seeing the transfer of beloved franchises including Darksiders, Saint’s Row, the publishing rights to both the WWE series and Turtle Rock’s Evolve. The company eventually folded due to financial problems stemming from various issues (i.e. $100 million due to 1.4 million unsold copies of the uDraw tablet). 2016 marks the release of THQ’s biggest recent success in a sequel to 2011’s Homefront.
Homefront: The Revolution was originally developed by Crytek UK before financial troubles forced them to sell the IP to publisher Deep Silver who created Dambuster Studios to continue the development of the first-person shooter. Announced back in 2014, details have been light but Deep Silver has finally shared more information on the highly anticipated open-world title, including its release date and a new trailer.
Homefront: The Revolution is set to release on May 17, 2016 in North America – and May 20th in all other regions. The new trailer, titled ‘This is Philadelphia’ explores The Revolution which takes place in 2029 in Occupied Philadelphia, with the story kicking of four years into the initial Greater Korean Republic invasion, and two years after the events of the first game. Deep Silver also shared more information on the sequel’s Philadelphia setting which is carved into three zones: the “unforgiving” Yellow Zone, the “highly militarized” Green Zone, and the “war-ravaged” Red Zone that were shown off in a gameplay trailer last summer (see below). Each zone differs in its gameplay offerings, as players will have to take into account the level of security, stealth opportunities, and other variations as they go adventure through each.
The new trailer showcases oppressed citizens planning to rise up and take on the Korean People’s Army. Players are able to hack and control of remote controlled cars strapped with bombs to take out KPA forces. Additionally, the trailer reveals more co-op action as the game is meant to be played with friends while taking back Philadelphia. A closed beta is planned for Xbox One in North America players sometime in February. Players interested in taking part can sign up on Homefront’s official website here.
After the turmoil of the THQ bankruptcy and subsequently being worked on by two different studios, Homefront: The Revolution is under a lot of pressure to deliver on the faults of the original game and prove its tumultuous development cycle has not marred the ambitious open-world title. Impressions of next month’s beta will be important for publisher Deep Silver as we near the game’s release.
Homefront: The Revolution launches May 17, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.