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Deep Silver and Crytek head back to the Homefront with The Revolution

Homefront: The Revolution takes up arms and brings the fight back to America’s occupiers.

Published under the banner of the now defunct THQ, Homefront had some interesting ideas and actually had a pretty fun single player campaign and a multiplayer mode that became something of a success all its own. Even though the series looked to have started and ended right there, it caught the eye of publisher Deep Silver, who picked it up as a part of the THQ fire sale on IP’s when the company folded.

Now the franchise is ready to be revived for 2015, with a next generation outing that’s visually stunning and promising more than the original ever did. Developed and co-published by CryTek and using the “latest features” of the CryEngine, this go-around will be of the open-world variety and will feature guerrilla warfare as gamers will need to strike fast and then disappear into the shadows in unscripted encounters with the Korean troops occupying the city of Philadelphia.

CryTek Nottingham is handling the development and is promising some pretty big things for the game. According to the press release, you can expect to see weather and day/night cycles, along with an emphasis on a super-realisitic world “that looks and feels truly alive.” Using the next-gen power of the newest round of machines, the developer wants to deliver “authenticity that extends to the strikingly lifelike expressions, skin and clothing of everyone they encounter.”

Homefront: The Revolution marks the first time that the two publishers have worked together as well, and maybe the first time in recent memory that a game of this caliber has even been involved in a co-publishing deal. Usually, I’d say that too many cooks spoil the pot, but it sounds like both Deep Silver and CryTek have a joint vision for the rebirth of Homefront.

“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,” said Hasit Zala, Game Director at Crytek. “We’re very excited to work with Deep Silver and deliver an experience that underlines Crytek’s commitment to quality whilst tapping into the huge potential we saw when we first acquired the Homefront IP.”

“Crytek has an outstanding track record of creating AAA action games. Homefront is a fascinating IP with huge global potential. With Crytek`s technical pedigree and Deep Silver´s publishing expertise, we will take the IP to new heights,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver / Koch Media.

Aside from the campaign which sounds (right now at least) like it’s a lot more fully featured and well-realized than the first game’s, Homefront: The Revolution will  also bring back the series’ popular multiplayer. Players can expect to join up with three other gamers online, form resistance cells, and (if not horribly blown to pieces) become “Heroes of the Revolution”.

Look for more on Homefront: The Revolution as we head into E3.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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