Were you disappointed by Homefront? So was THQ’s Danny Bilson. But the firm’s executive VP of core games thinks that there’s still plenty of life left in the series yet, and that “there’ll be some announcements about Homefront 2 that will instil a lot of confidence”.
“I knew some aspects of the game (Homefront) weren’t 100 percent competitive with the best in class,” Bilson admitted to VG247, “but there were other places where I thought it was better.
“The single-player should have been longer, and we kind of got wind of that too late to affect it. People were banging through it faster than we thought.
“But It was never really about that as a foremost thing; I was always really big on the multiplayer, which I think is a terrific game, but we had issues in our network code which gave us a very rough launch. That was incredibly disappointing to me. You’ll never see us do a game without a live beta again. No matter what date we have to crush, as long as I’m here we won’t put out an online-centric game without a live beta, so we can work out those bugs in advance.”
Whenever it comes along, that promise of a live beta will presumably extend to Homefront 2.
But don’t expect it soon – despite having referred to it numerous times before (Bilson has previously said that a sequel to Homefront is “certainly the plan”) THQ has yet to officially announce it. Nonetheless, the game is suspected to be in development at THQ Montreal.
Homefront launched in March on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC to, in Bilson’s words, “mixed” reviews. A new title is expected to be announced by THQ in December. Could Homefront 2 be it?
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