It's Always Gunny In Philadelphia
Crytek parted with a lot of money to grab Homefront in the THQ post-mortem auction, and clearly want to get some serious bang for their buck. Homefront: The Revolution seems set to be a bigger and more impressive game than the divisive original in practically every way, granting players an open-world city to rampage through with three friends. You'll fight the occupying North Korean forces with everything you can, from futuristic vehicles to improvised jury-rigged weapons.
Better yet, it's only coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One, meaning that Crytek should be able to go all-out on the graphical side of things too.
Homefront: The Revolution is set in a near-future version of Philadelpha, several years after the incredibly implausible North Korean invasion and events of the original game. The USA is now fully controlled by the Korean People's Army as a police state, overseen by patrol drones and hulking airships.
As a resistance member, players will take to the open-world city in "unscripted firefights," using guerilla tactics to pick their way through the "free roaming" environments while dealing massive damage to the KPA. "Recruiting fellow revolutionaries and building improvised homebrew weapons are just two of the keys to creating a powerful resistance force," claims the blurb, somewhat excitingly. Beyond the singleplayer campaign, we'll also be able to found our own resistance cells in four-player open world co-op.
"Homefront: The Revolution stands out from the crowd by immersing players in a world where they'll feel emotionally compelled to fight for their freedom," continued Game Director Hasit Zala, presumably lying through gritted teeth seeing as Crytek's storytelling prowess peaked with the original Far Cry. Let's not pretend to be competent at creating characters and dialogue, Crytek. That's silly. Because you're horrible at it... oh hang on, it's actually been passed off to Crytek UK, who were better known as Free Radical back in the day. We'll give the developers behind Timesplitters the benefit of the doubt!
None of us play Crytek games for the plot and characters, though. We play them for the graphics, and we can expect great things in that department. "Homefront: The Revolution harnesses the latest features of Crytek's CRYENGINE technology," explains the latest intel. "On the ground, players will encounter a dynamic environment that looks and feels truly alive as day turns to night and storm clouds come and go - an authenticity that extends to the strikingly lifelike expressions, skin and clothing of everyone they encounter."
Sounds good to us - here's hoping that the gameplay matches up. We'll naturally keep you posted as we get more details, some of which will presumably trickle down from E3. Like what you see?