5 Things You Need to Know About ‘Homefront: The Revolution’

There’s a good chance you didn’t play Homefront, a shooter that came out in 2011. The game’s plot, like other games based on ridiculous premises, is unlikely to come true. It’s set in a future in which much of the world has gone to the dogs — everywhere, that is, except a newly unified Korea. Not being the most charitable regime, the Korean government sets about taking over the world.

Aside from the interesting thought experiment of a premise, the game was nothing special. But that didn’t stop it from getting a sequel that’s set to release May 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Here’s what we know so far about Homefront: The Revolution.

1. It’s set in Philadelphia four years after the occupation

The year is 2029. Korean forces have seized control of the Eastern U.S. and forced the remaining Americans to live in captivity as they “rebuild” the country. Life for everyone but the ruling military is bleak.

You play as a newly recruited rebel who takes up arms against the occupiers in Philadelphia. It’s a fitting location that was key in the creation of the U.S. government. Will the rebels be able to take back the nation?

2. It’s an open-world game


While the original Homefront sports a standard campaign design, in which you move from level to level in a linear fashion, The Revolution takes place in a more open-world environment. The occupied Philadelphia of our near future is divided into three zones. First there’s the Red Zone, which is off limits to lowly Americans, and where the most ferocious battles occur. Poke your head into the Red Zone, and the Koreans will try to shoot it off.

Next up is the Yellow Zone, where most of the Americans live. These areas are tightly controlled by the regime, with Big Brother-like surveillance and regular security checkpoints making people’s lives miserable. This missions you undertake here are to help out the common people and to get them on the side of the rebels.

Finally we have the Green Zone, where the occupying forces have set up their headquarters. This is the area in which you’ll run most of the main quest missions. This is where you can do the most damage.

3. You can play with friends


Like many shooters these days, The Revolution supports online co-op. You and up to three friends can work together to blast through special missions, undermining the Korean occupiers. It’s a whole separate mode from the solo campaign, complete with classes, characters, and its own progression system. From what we’ve seen so far, there’s no competitive online mode.

4. It’s had a rough development cycle


Most video games have a pretty straightforward creation process: a single studio makes a game and puts it on the market. The making of Homefront: The Revolution was a bit more complicated. It began with a developer called Kaos Studios, the makers of the original Homefront. In 2011, Kaos was shuttered, leaving Crytek UK to take up the work. Financial issues eventually led Crytek to hand the game over to Dambuster Studios to complete.

You know what they say about too many cooks? Similarly, games with such turbulent origins don’t tend to turn out well.

5. The previews are looking pretty pessimistic

A U.S. rebel fights off Korean occupiers in this open-world shooter.

A U.S. rebel fights off Korean occupiers in this open-world shooter. | Source: Deep Silver

Some press outlets have been able to play the game and report on it in its unfinished state. While previews aren’t reviews, much of the coverage has veered toward the negative.

IGN thought The Revolution cribbed too heavily from Ubisoft games like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, and struggled to mesh the gameplay with the themes of the story. Trusted Reviews agrees, based on a few hours of gameplay, saying “the whole never really feels greater than the sum of its parts.”

Still, there’s a chance the full game will come together by the time it launches. And based on a preview of the co-op mode, US Gamer came away impressed, saying, “Homefront: The Revolution is certainly quite an ambitious project, and one that seems to offer a good deal of depth and replayability.”

If you’re intrigued, be sure to look for reviews around the May 17 launch date.

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