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Can Crytek revive Homefront?

The original game had a bit of a messy history, and with THQ going under no one expected we'd see it again. And then Homefront: The Revolution appeared this week, and with none of the THQ baggage to potentially hold it down could this new Homefront become what the original couldn't? If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Reporter Samit Sarkar and Senior Reporter Owen Good ask: Can Crytek revive Homefront? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. S...

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Crytek offers $500K for Homefront franchise at THQ bankruptcy auction

Crytek, the developer best known for its Crysis series of first-person shooters, offered a bid of $544,218 for the Homefront franchise in an auction today that sold recently dissolved publisher THQ's studios and properties. The offers put forth by Crytek and other companies are not final and await approval from a judge. According to the Notice of Auction Results, Crytek was the winning bidder in an auction that did not have a backup bidder. Crytek's acquisition of the Homefront franchise would make sense, as the developer has been working on Homefront 2 for several years for a targeted 2014 release. Crytek acquired the development role from Homefront developer Kaos Studios, which was shuttered in June 2011, just months after the game's release. Polygon is in the courtroom for the...

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Tantalizing THQ Medley bundle includes Metro 2033, Homefront and more for $11.99

Amazon's latest Deal of the Week, the Tantalizing THQ Medley, contains six different PC downloads for $11.99. The bundle includes Homefront, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, Red Faction Guerilla, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. It's a 91 percent knock off the normal list price of $129.94. Buyers will need Steam to redeem all six titles. The Tantalizing THQ Medley sale will run until Jan. 20.

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Playcast cloud gaming service shooting for early 2013 US release

Playcast, a TV channel-based cloud gaming service that operates through tablets, smartphones and PCs, will launch in the United States early next year, Joystiq reports. Playcast Media is already in talks with several game companies, including THQ, Activision, Telltale Games, and Warner Bros., as well as television providers. Depending on which TV providers Playcast makes deals with, users will be able to instantly access the service via a specific channel. USB game pads, tablets and PCs can be hooked up to a TV and used to access the service. Users will also be able to run multiple devices; if Playcast is running on a TV or PC, a phone or tablet can be used as the controller. Playcast is currently available in South Korea, Portugal and France, where games such as Homefront, Overlord...

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Sony adding nine Ultimate Editions to PSN including Mass Effect 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Nine additional "Ultimate Edition" packages will become available on the PlayStation Store today, and as usual, they'll be discounted for PlayStation Plus members. Sony's Ultimate Editions are bundles of games and all their existing downloadable content, both free and paid, offered at a lower price than the total retail value as determined by Sony. Here are the nine games, all of which are multiplatform titles: Alice: Madness Returns Ultimate EditionRetail value: $31.97; PSN Price: $19.99 ($15.99 for PlayStation Plus members) Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Ultimate EditionRetail value: $39.99; PSN Price: $27.99 ($22.39 for PlayStation Plus members) Assassin's Creed: Revelations Ultimate EditionRetail value: $53.99; PSN Price: $49.99 ($39.99 for PlayStation Plus members) Deus...

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Death March: The long, tortured journey of Homefront

Succession crisis Succession crisis "... it was fine when he was there, because he provided every answer that we needed. But when he left, that culture really started festering." Kaos was always Frank DeLise's studio, even long after he was gone. DeLise was "a ballbuster, a bulldog. He didn't take shit from anyone," said one former Kaos designer. He had created Kaos' studio culture and given it a name and identity that veterans were, and are, fiercely protective of. Kaos may have been a THQ studio, but it retained many characteristics of the Battlefield mod team it had originally been. DeLise had wrangled his team of modders at Trauma Studios through development of the Desert Combat mod forBattlefield 1942, a modern warfare conversion that became wildly popular within...

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PS3 Essentials offering downloadable versions of triple-A games in Europe

PlayStation 3 owners living in Europe can now download classic titles like Uncharted, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Infamous through the PlayStation Store, as part of the PS3 Essentials platform, PlayStation Blog announced today. The storefront is similar to the Greatest Hits designation given to select retail PS3 titles, but instead offers shoppers a downloadable option at a similarly discounted price. However, though the titles are discounted from the price of most downloadable PS3 releases, some PlayStation Blog commenters have pointed out that they can be found for even cheaper at retail. The full list of PS3 Essentials is posted below. We've reached out to Sony to find out if a similar promotion is coming stateside. Assassin's Creed - £15.99.00/€19.99/AU$24.95 Assassin's...

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THQ producing four new games internally

New games are in development at each of THQ's four internal studios, president Jason Rubin announced today. THQ currently owns Relic Entertainment in Vancouver; Vigil Games in Austin; Volition, Inc. in Champaign, Illinois; and THQ Studio Montreal. The company closed its San Diego studio in June after selling its license for UFC games to Electronic Arts. "THQ has talented studios, strong intellectual property, and is now nimble enough to navigate the complexities and take advantage of a marketplace in transition," said Rubin during an investor-relations call following the release of the company's second-quarter financial report. "Beyond our announced titles, in the last 60 days, all four of our internal studios began working on new titles that represent the type of product that we...

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THQ will not have a booth at E3 this year

THQ will not have a booth at this year's E3; instead, it will be supporting its portfolio of games in a much more limited capacity. Speaking to GamesIndustry International, a spokesperson for the publisher said that they will still be participating in E3, although we won't be seeing the flashy booths they had in previous years.' "We're not producing a booth, but we will be participating in E3," the spokesperson said. "We will be showing games to the E3 judges at their event coming up [E3 Judges' Week occurs in the lead-up to the show where gaming outlets are given advance access to games for scoring], and we'll be hosting a press and business center at the show for meetings (as well as participating with first party activities)." "When we needed to make the decision on the booth (many...

Homefront Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 03/15/2011
    • Publisher THQ
    • Developer Digital Extremes
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 03/15/2011
    • Publisher THQ
    • Developer Kaos Studios
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 03/15/2011
    • Publisher THQ
    • Developer Kaos Studios
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