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Homefront server demand “outstripped expectations”, analyst predicts “decent” sales

Tuesday, 15th March 2011 22:52 GMT By Brenna Hillier

THQ has struggled to meet launch day demand on Homefront servers, while analysts dismiss the game’s review score spread and predict “decent” sales.

A message on the Homefront Twitter suggested Kaos is working on installing new multiplayer servers.

“Demand for dedicated servers outstripped expectations. Though we’re thrilled by the popularity, please bear with us as we bring more online”.

Homefront uses dedicated servers for both PC and console, and does not implement a peer-to-peer hosting solution.

Inflated server demand may indicate a better sales performance than a patchy review spread – and resulting drop in THQ stock – suggest.

Gamasutra reports analyst Doug Creutz is confident the game will make its minimum break even target.

“Homefront has been building buzz up to the launch date so we believe the title will still be a decent seller for THQ despite mixed reviews,” he said.

“It is clear that Homefront has not lived up to expectations in terms of game quality,” the analyst commented.

“While this will likely hamper the title’s ability to achieve breakout success, we still feel reasonably confident that it will achieve sales of 2MM units, and see no reason to change our estimates at this time”.

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  1. guapo

    The mp for this game is actually pretty good. Not as polished as the current fps juggernauts but pretty fun. I haven’t touched the sp yet. There also seems to be a good amount of people playing. The battle commander mode is nice.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. albo88

    i fucking love that flag getting burned
    burn BLOODY YANKS burn

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    That seems to be the consensus looking at the reviews.

    I love multiplayer shooters, but between MW2, BF2: Vietnam and soon Crysis 2 and Brink, I don’t see why I’d spend a single euro on multiplayer that’s “sorta good, but not as good as the best”.

    It’s going to make the money it needs to based on mindless preorders and initial hype, but if THQ actually move to throw even more money at Kaos Studios after two crap games, then they really deserve the smacking they’re gonna get.

    I imagine their 25% loss at the moment is based on hysteria, and that they’re going to rubberband back into a smaller loss, but losing a quarter of your companys total value on a day where you release a major title? Trainwreck!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. HauntaVirus

    @2
    Why so much hate?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. xino

    “THQ has struggled to meet launch day demand on Homefront servers, while analysts dismiss the game’s review score spread and predict “decent” sales.”

    and there I was feeling sorry for them:/
    they expect the game to sell million with bombarding marketing yet they can’t even fix their damn server ready for launch:/

    #5 3 years ago
  6. KrazyKraut

    IDC what review scores the game has. still waiting for my pc copy… :(

    #6 3 years ago