“Homefront: The Revolution” was announced Monday by CryEngine 3 developer Crytek and publisher Deep Silver. The game isn’t coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC until 2015 but the promotion starts now with a big push planned for E3 next week.
The “Homefront” intellectual property was picked up by Crytek and Deep Silver after Kaos Studios folded following the release of the original game in 2011 and THQ filed for bankruptcy in early 2013. Interestingly, Crytek Producer David Stenton confirmed that the studio was working on the game prior to THQ’s bankruptcy in a post on the Playstation Blog where he stated, “we’ve been working on it for almost three years now.”
Like the original, a unified Korean state has overtaken the United States in a near future where a combination of financial collapse and an EMP strike left the country in ruins. “Homefront: The Revolution” is set in Philadelphia this time with the player taking the role of a “civilian-turned-freedom-fighter who must rise up and lead the Resistance against a superior military force and ignite the Second American Revolution.”
The hallmark of Crytek shooters is that they are open-ended sandboxes and “Homefront: The Revolution” will continue that tradition. Stenton calls it “a game about Guerrilla Warfare. We’ve built upon the core pillars of Crytek’s FPS design philosophy – emergent gameplay and player freedom in a sandbox world – to create our most ambitious title to date.”
“To overcome their oppressors, players will have to engage in guerrilla warfare and use ambush, infiltration and hit and run tactics in thrilling un-scripted firefights,” the official press releases explains. “At every turn they'll find a sprawling city, in which recruiting fellow revolutionaries and building improvised homebrew weapons are just two of the keys to creating a powerful resistance force.”
The game will feature four-player co-op though it is currently unclear if that is online only or if local co-op will play into the mix. It’s a seemingly ambitious game judging by the announcement as it promises a more open and more interactive world with the ability to recruit resistance fighters and establish safehouses and bases.. How it develops over the next year will be something to keep an eye on.