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The Homefront Single Player Campaign

For those who have been reading along with this blog, you know of how the Homefront Universe came to be while learning about the Multiplayer portion of the game. Most specifically Battle Points & Ground Control, you understand what those innovative features bring to the genre while seamlessly working together and supporting an intense & new Multiplayer experience.

Now, if you've been keeping an eye on our Facebook & Twitter feeds, you're aware that a Single Player portion of the game is being shown around the world. While we are all excited for that coverage to hit, I wanted to explain the Homefront Universe a bit more, especially where Single Player is concerned.

Our Single Player campaign takes place in the year 2027 under the brutal occupation of the Greater Korean Republic and their KPA forces. This is the essence of Single Player and the high premise of Homefront, a USA under foreign military occupation. Kaos Studios’ Creative Director, David Votypka had this concept in mind while influenced by many areas, including film. It’s no surprise that David found his way to John Milius, the writer of Red Dawn & Apocolypse Now.

In order to make our future history possible, a CIA expert on North Korean affairs was also enlisted to help cultivate a “What-if Scenario” in the creation of the World of Homefront. What if this happened & what if that happened, it’s the scenario which was depicted in our Future History trailer. It sets the table for Homefront by showing the rise of the Greater Korean Republic and the fall of the US as we know it today.

Here is where our SP story kicks off, I mentioned a “brutal occupation” with the services of John Milius and it’s no coincidence as the two go hand in hand. Single Player is dark & emotional, taking you to places in the FPS genre never seen throughout an entire campaign. That’s what Homefront is, it’s not a shock-value Chapter in a game, or a single scene. It’s the campaign from opening intro to end title. You experience and witness the “human cost of war” in Homefront, that “violence has consequence.”

Those experiences lead to what we call, “Why we fight” moments. Typically in an FPS, you’re told who to kill and where, you insert and dominate the enemy, and are then taken away safely with your squad. Your operation and motive is provided via a voice over or load screen, but in the end it’s pretty simple – kill the bad guys and move on to the next Chapter of the campaign. We wanted to bring something new to the table in Homefront, you now have a reason to fight. The scenarios you experience and horrors you witness instill a purpose behind your actions. “Why we fight,” we fight because we have to, we fight to right the injustices of our oppressors, we fight for our freedom. And when we finish that fight, we live with the consequences & our backs are still against the wall. The reality of an occupied America.

Single Player has you taking the role of Robert Jacobs, a civilian turned Freedom Fighter in a small Resistance cell doing their small part for a greater good. Survival in America and Resistance life is about doing whatever you can to get by, while struggling against overwhelming odds and terrible oppression. For the Resistance, guerilla tactics and violent means are at the spearhead of military operations. The fight is against insurmountable numbers with better and more weaponry. Like the civilians, you have to make due with all the means at your disposal. This leads to ethical questions, emotion, purpose, and consequence with the decisions that you and your compatriots make.

What is that and how does it relate to what we’ve been showing in recent weeks? You will just have to wait and see. But, if you look at the coverage of the maps we call “Oasis” and “Malice” which were shown at E3 & GamesCom, you can begin to put some context to the paragraphs above. A great deal of effort has been put behind the fiction and narrative in Homefront, it’s not a shooter with a story slapped on. Homefront is engaging and emotive, the fiction drives the gameplay and experience. Again, we are all eagerly looking forward to the coverage releasing and each of your responses to it!

And, you won’t have to wait long – that coverage hits November 4th.



and here are the aforementioned previews:

Gamespot - Homefront Single-Player Hands-On Impressions

kotaku - A Video Game That Dares To Make Americans Angry

Destructoid - Hands-on Homefront single player

AusGamers - Homefront Single-Player Hands-On Preview

and GameTrailers have a video interview with gameplay footage

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