Apparently one title wasn’t bad enough: Crytek to pick up Homefront sequel

So I guess we all know my opinion on Homefront. I still haven’t played the game because I still would choose Solitaire rather than waste three or four hours earning the right to say, “I told you so.” Although I’m much less smug about it learning that Kaos Studios was closed down due to the failure of the game. Despite achieving some financial success, the backlash of Homefront led to a drop in THQ shares and, subsequently, painted Homefront in an even more negative light.

Now, to anyone else this would have been a rather clear sign that Homefront was a terrible, terrible idea. Some backwater country with thirty-year-old military hardware couldn’t even take over the Philippines if it wanted to. Couple this with a four-hour buggy single player experience and everyone knows why the game didn’t sell well…except THQ. THQ is convinced the game would’ve sold much better if it was handled by a “triple A” developer. And what better “triple A” developer could there be that specializes in making North Korea as the Big Bad if not Crytek?

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Homefront: The game where North Korea rules the world

So I keep seeing stories popping up about an upcoming game known as Homefront. Being developed by Kaos Studios, whose previous work includes the dud Frontlines: Fuel of War, the game takes places some 27 years in the future, where North Korea rises to become a world super power and defeats Japan, China, and the United States of America. Don’t laugh just yet: this is after the fantasy of the Korean Unification happens, and apparently in light of the US economy completely tanking (I guess it was the Greater Depression), the North Koreans are able to use an EMP weapon to knock out all communications and military hardware in the United States.

Now, the game creators have been throwing around some fancy words like “plausibility.” They even hired an ex-CIA agent to do consultant work for the developers, who also claims that all of this is “plausible” through “plausible baby steps.” The domino effect, apparently, where one action leads to another, and another, and so on. It’s an attempt to appear smart and provide intelligent substance to suspend disbelief in what is an utter shit plot. See, you actually have to have substance under a plot for it to actually stand up on its own, or else you just have a rickety house on stilts that’ll get destroyed when Hurricane Logic makes landfall.

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