Turns Out Homefront: The Revolution Doesn’t Have Campaign Co-Op After All
It’s no secret that Homefront: The Revolution has been stuck in development hell for quite some time now. It survived the fall of THQ in 2012 and it then somehow survived the implosion of Crytek UK in 2014; now it’s down to Dambuster Studios and Saints Row publisher Koch Media to try and get this long delayed game out of the door.
As you’d expect with any game that’s been through a long and troubled development cycle, creative minds can come and go and the road-map to release has a tendency to change course. We’ve long been under the assumption that The Revolution’s campaign would feature 4-player co-op – letting you and your buddies engage in guerilla warfare across the open world map – though that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Instead, Dambuster will be taking quite the risk with its next-generation take on Red Dawn.
The single-player will be its own stand-alone adventure, letting you tear through the streets of Philadelphia trying to push back the KPA occupation by capturing outposts and shooting the man. We’ve played a build of this last year, think Freedom Fighters mixed with Far Cry 4 – except all the colour has been bled away and replaced with a glorious palette of unappealing brown and grey textures.
Traditional multiplayer has been cut entirely. Initially this seemed like a strange step; not only are Deathmatch and Objective modes seemingly vital to an FPS’ longevity, but the multiplayer offering of the original Homefront was actually pretty decent. The Revolution is shedding all of that though, and instead Dambuster is building a stand-alone co-op campaign for players to blast through when the game launches late into 2016.
Beware, potential story spoilers ahead…
The co-op campaign will be set after the events of the single-player campaign, and will let up to four players join forces to take on the KPA in Philly. The studio has, however, been quick to assure games™ (following a recent preview event) that the events of the co-op do not spoil the narrative of the single-player offering – though the very fact that the KPA is still in control in the co-op campaign seems to suggest that you do not win the day for your country when playing solo.
Oh well, them’s the breaks.
Story aside, Dambuster is actually doing a handful of interesting things with its co-op campaign that should make it feel fresh in this era of cookie-cutter FPS experiences. The large, expansive maps are not wholly pre-determined with enemies occupying specific zones. Instead, players will encounter a partially random system of deployment that is used to see varying enemy types and numbers looking to take you down.
This could bring a great deal of diversity to the co-op campaign, with players encouraged to develop strategies and use the environment as a weapon against the (surprisingly tough) enemy forces. If that all fails, then you could always mod the living hell out of your weapons; the robust skill tree and weapon/gadget customisation system from the single-player will make an appearance here. You’ll even be able to use it to let you and team fulfil various team roles, such as sniper, scout and medic.
Of course, by putting in a system of randomly generated enemy encounters, it could quickly become tedious and overwhelming. Or, if the challenge isn’t there, just straight up boring. It’ll be up to Dambuster to really ensure that this is well balanced – to a Left 4 Dead degree – before unleashing the co-op campaign on players. After so many delays, The Revolution needs to straddle that precise point of challenge-but-not-frustration.
On the plus side, Dambuster will have plenty of time to get it right, game director Hasit Zala also revealed that The Revolution will have an ‘extensive post-launch’ campaign with free DLC. “Homefront: The Revolution is this team’s most ambitious project yet” he says. “In addition to our epic 30+ hour single-player campaign, we expect to launch Resistance Mode with twelve Missions, packed with re-playability, and hope to release another twenty Missions within the first year. And to ensure our community can always play together, all Resistance Mode Missions will be free to download.”
It won’t be long for Xbox One owners to find out whether the co-op mode is any good for themselves; there’s a console exclusive co-op beta starting in February.