Fans of Homefront: The Revolution, an open-world first person shooter will have to wait until 2016 as the game's German-based developer and publisher Deep Silver pushed back its release until next year. The sequel to the popular Homefront, was originally scheduled for release this year.
Homefront: The Revolution will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux platforms.
The IBTimes quoted Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz as saying, "Dambuster Studios are an extraordinarily talented group. We are giving the team every opportunity to turn 'Homefront: The Revolution' into a best-selling title, and have set a 2016 release date to provide them the time they need to achieve this. You can expect to hear more about the game later this year."
But Joe Clarke, writing for The Boar, says delaying the release of game titles is actually a good thing. The developers of Homefront: The Revolution will actually make more money if it pushes back its release.
He said that pushing back the release of a much-anticipated game like Homefront: The Revolution, will allow the developers to fix any bugs the game might have. The delay can also be used to further polish the games, instead of releasing a broken title that is unplayable. Deep Silver is probably thinking the same thing for Homefront: The Revolution.
"The crazy thing is that these big publishers don't seem to realize that a delay may actually increase their profits. Pre-order culture is (thankfully) dying in the games industry as high profile critics and web sites campaign against it, which means that more people are waiting for release dates, and are therefore more reliant upon reviews from trusted sources - a broken game is more than likely to get poor reviews. Consumers will then see these poor reviews, and, if they're smart, they aren't going to buy the game at full retail price. And that means less profit for publishers. A delay would have meant that games would be more polished, which means better reviews, which ultimately means more profits."
In a separate report, BBC said that developers of Homefront: The Revolution are immortalizing the public by using faces of models for the game's characters. The report said a photographer takes pictures of the models while they pull faces while 12 cameras shoot them. The pictures and film shots are then converted into 3D images to be included in Homefront: The Revolution.
Deep Silver studio head Hasit Zala said that the company has been flooded with request from across the globe to be included in Homefront: The Revolution. "Right round the world we've been getting applications to the extent it's flooded, snowballed and brought our servers down," said.
"Homefront: The Revolution" is set four years after the events of the original Homefront. The game takes place in 2029 and follows protagonist Ethan Brady as he leads a major resistance movement in a guerilla warfare against the superior military force of a reunified Korea in Philadelphia. The original "Homefront" game was launched for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.
Amongst the features of Homefront: The Revolution are:
- Explore a living, breathing open world in Homefront: The Revolution- experience true open world gameplay in a first person shooter, brought to life with astonishing CRYENGINE-powered visuals
- Wage Guerrilla Warfare - this is no linear shooter; learn the art of guerrilla warfare with Homefront: The Revolution and use ambush, infiltration and hit and run tactics against your foe in thrilling un-scripted firefights
- Build the Resistance - recruit revolutionaries to the cause, establish bases and safehouses, capture and customize a deadly arsenal, and build improvised, homebrew weapons for your Homefront: The Revolution Guerrilla Tool Kit
- Ignite the Revolution - from oppressed citizen to revolutionary leader, an epic single-player campaign tells the story of the second War of Independence. The dynamic, evolving world responds to your actions as an oppressed nation rises up in defiance against the occupation with Homefront: The Revolution
- Online Co-Op - take the battle online, form a Resistance Cell with your friends and earn your reputation as Heroes of the Revolution in Homefront: The Revolution