After Deep Silver took over the publishing duties for Homefront: The Revolution following the turbulent bankruptcy of THQ and the restructuring of Crytek, we haven't seen or heard much about the game... until now. A new trailer was released for Homefront during this year's Gamescom event.
The new cinematic trailer was posted on the Xbox YouTube channel and you can check it out below.
A lot of the comments in the YouTube section describe the trailer as “chilling”.
It's easy to get that vibe from the video based on the fact that you have a little boy reading an empowering and emotional speech about apathy, fighting back, letting go of complacency and being proactive in the face of a disturbing and unwelcoming change.
The editing for the trailer is brilliant and looks like what a proper Red Dawn sequel should have been, as opposed to the watered down remake that was released in 2012.
A lot of people viewing the trailer loved the fact that it was gritty and emotional. It captured a lot of the primal reality of a civilian state occupied by military forces. The hints of the boy having to read the letter while under threat of violence was a nice touch and the whole showcase of the civilians taking up arms and fighting back while the speech ramped up in its patriotism was fitting.
Of course, a cinematic is very impressive but it does nothing for those interested in the actual gameplay.
Unlike the first game Homefront: The Revolution will be an open-world first-person shooter where players will take missions from the hub and venture around to take out their occupying oppressors.
The game is running on the CryEngine 3 since that's what Crytek was using to build the game before majority of the studio dissolved due to financial issues. A lot of those financial issues were tied back to the lack of licensing sales for the CryEngine 3 and the poor sales of Ryse: Son of Rome for the Xbox One.
It didn't help that Homefront was originally the property of THQ and when they dissolved Crytek ended up with the property but not any proper publisher support. The whole thing began to fall apart when Crytek had to file for bankruptcy, and Deep Silver stepped in to co-publish the game, which eventually turned into them having to co-develop the game when Koch Media formed Dambuster Studios to finish work on Homefront: The Revolution.
Usually development hell does not spell good tidings for a game, but we'll see if Deep Silver and Dambuster can pull it together and churn out something noteworthy when the game releases on home consoles and PC in 2016.