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Homefront: The Revolution Delay Raises Concerns

I have been avidly looking forward to the Homefront: The Revolution video game franchise reboot. I was rather impressed at the behind closed doors preview at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The results by Crytek looked very promising. The story and premise of the original Homefront game were solid, but the game just did not quite live up to its potential. The new game definitely looked like it could take the franchise in a more progressive direction and improve upon the flaws of the original. The news of the delay raises a concern since a new developer is working on the game.

With the developer changing hands for Homefront: The Revolution, all bets are essentially off. Now, I have no idea what to expect. For starters, it is unknown what state the game was in before it changed hands. Crytek did a great deal of work on the game before it changed hands to Deep Silver-based studio Dambuster  in July 2014. Dambuster might be doing a good job with the game. I have not really seen anything to come out for the game from Dambuster since the transition from Crytek. Dambuster is a new studio, and they are essentially taking over the work of a project started by another developer. The game could turn out OK, or it could be a recipe for disaster.

Hopefully, with the extra time to develop the game, Dambuster is preparing to really nail this game. The premise of an alternate history where North Korea has devastated and taken control of the United States, inciting a second American Revolution is a great narrative premise for a video game. Basically, players are put in the role of a soldier in a rebel army that is trying to take back its country. For Homefront: The Revolution, it would be interesting to see some more open-world environments, as well as missions that require more stealth than subterfuge. I would like to see missions where Intel is gathered beyond merely going for explosions and shootouts.

Hopefully, Deep Silver will have new material from Dambuster for Homefront: The Revolution available at E3 2015 to give a better idea of the game’s progress. I would like Homefront: The Revolution to be the great experience that Homefront was not quite able to measure up to. The release for Homefront: The Revolution has been pushed from 2015 to sometime in 2016. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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