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Homefront 2 single-player will be longer if it can be balanced with multiplayer, says Kaos

Wednesday, 16 March 2011 14:31 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Kaos GM David Votypka has said the firm would consider making the single-player portion of Homefront 2 a bit longer than the current five-hour campaign, providing it doesn’t take away from the multiplayer component.

Speaking with CVG, Votypka said doing so though, would require a bit more balancing on the team’s part to make sure it didn’t take away from the multiplayer component – currently considered the best part of the current Homefront.

“It’s a balance really. So if we were doing a single-player only game – and there are some of those out there of course – then you’re talking maybe a 20-hour single-player campaign,” said Votypka.

“I think going forward we’d certainly work on extending it a few hours, but going past the 10-hour mark and doing a category-leader multiplayer game… you just have to balance your development resources there. I think the main thing is do people feel that they got enjoyment out of the single-player campaign and enough of it? So we’ll see how it comes out and what the gaming audience has to say about it.

“We also want to focus on a large-scale multiplayer game and that you get a lot of hours play out of that as well – because that’s infinitely more re-playable than single-player anyway and you’re going to spend the bulk of your time there. So we really want to make sure that’s robust and deep.”

Homefront is out in the US now, and hits the UK on Friday. You can get a list of review scores via our round-up, and find out why stock in THQ dropped following the game’s scores through here and Brenna’s feature.

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30 Comments

  1. Alakratt

    Wow, they are SO confident a sequel will get made? Hey, how about first focusing in NOT making it generic, THEN worry about the campaign length.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. KAP

    “Homefront 2 single-player will be longer”

    As if thats a feat all in its self?! man these devs nowadays aye.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Moonwalker1982

    @1

    But is it really so generic? Compared to the COD and MOH games they ARE kinda trying something new. The concept of the US being attacked and dominated by another country, it’s something new.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. BloodyJoe

    Just release the game without multiplayer like Arkham City! For Multiplaye I have Counter-Strike or Battlefield!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    @3 Agree. Take Battlefield 3 for example. It looks fantastic and the MP will likely be great, but set in the Middle East and you are a US soldier. They must of pondered for hours about that one. Maybe Alakratt was talking more generic purely in gameplay terms.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. KAP

    @3 hey mate….ermmm… played MW2? no?….errr, no worries.

    Forseeable future states we’ll see many many many many many for FPS coming out alot like COD or *insert title here* because those dumbass gamers (such as myself) bought all the other COD titles making them the best selling game of all time, so its only logical other devs will get in on the action.

    I mean if i were CEO for a game dev i fucking would… you’d be crazy not to right?

    But i tell you what though… its only gonna saturate the market with shit like this.

    COD… its time to fuck off and die.. and bring your COD clones with you.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @3 That’s funny. I distinctly recall the US being attacked and dominated by another country in another recent first person shooter…

    What was it called again..?

    Oh, right! Modern Warfare 2!

    It’s another “Bad Dudes versus the USA” first person shooter. It’s a utterly generic and tired idea, no matter how you look at it.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. frostquake

    For me a game like this really needs a 8-10 SP mode for me to even look at it, if it has a MP component.

    Also, anyone who gets HF1, I really want to know what stands out in the MP side of the game. What differentiates it from other games in this genre? Other than Maps, weapons, class, etc…what have they introduced that is so revolutionary in the MP side of the game that blows all the other games of this type out of the water. I hear quite a bit of self bolstering but have seen very little in the way of substance yet. If HF has something revolutionary on the MP side other than the rinse and repeat of other games of this type then I will look at it again.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    @4
    Take out the best bit? There’s blue sky outside the box thinking for you. THQ will probably be all over that idea mind.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Crysis

    @7, I looked at the first 10 mins of the game & the story & setting are perfect, it just hasn’t been executed all that well in terms of the basic objectives & the AI, so it maybe worth a single play through just for the story, the MP looks great but nothing new.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. frostquake

    So 8 Map Packs in MP with only 2 modes Ground control and Team DM? You get to drive an asst of vehicles, and customize your weapons with BP and have team centric Challenges. This sounds like Quake Wars or Battlefield 2142, also I am hearing the the 8 MP maps look very similar. So is it just doesn’t sound as revolutionary as they are making it out to be!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    @11
    I don’t think it’s revolutionary – more a couple of nice ideas tacked on to a sound MP engine. I’d like to try it as I quite enjoyed Frontlines, but full price at launch – with no demo? If they’ve produced a truck load of copies and they don’t sell due to the reviews then it could well be discount-tastic before you know it.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @3: Ending of Bad Company 2 and Modern Bullshit 2.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @10 All I’ve seen is a pretentious and overly try-hard approach to the plot they’re trying to convey. They could have made a genuinely thoughtful story out of this, but no, they had to go the ham-fisted root instead.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. frostquake

    @12

    Thanks, I was starting to feel like I had judged this too harshly, so many Voices are singing High praises, but me thinks they have been paid!

    #15 4 years ago
  16. triggerhappy686

    Am I the only one that thinks it should be the other way around??? It seems single player is only an after thought these days. A side serving. I just think single player should always be the main course, if they want a truly excellent multiplayer element then why not do the whole game that way like MAG for instance.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. frostquake

    @16

    I agree with you, but I am afraid we are in a very small minority these days!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. jglitch

    fuck multiplayer thats the problems with games like call of duty homefront should have had a crappy mp that was somewhat fun and an epic sp that sold the game it sucks that devs are going with the mainstream unemployed black guy who sits their playing mp cause he has nothing else to do or the 12 yearold little kid who is an asshole BECAUSE NO ONE REALIZES MP IS JUST A SIDE DISH TO THE FUCKING GAME ITS ALL ABOUT THE STORY NO STORY NOT A GOOD GAME DISCUSSION OVER

    #18 4 years ago
  19. chriswhaaat

    @18 think you were racist enough with that comment?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. jacobvandy

    5 hours is a bit generous for the Homefront campaign… I beat it in less than 3.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. albo88

    #19 He is more hacker then racist,
    this days peoples thing if is worth it burn that empty dvd or not sick fucking shit
    anyway niggers are trash everyone agree on that and that’s not racism but reality

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    Bye albo88.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. bpcgos

    We dont need longer campaign, KAOS (because it looks like will be boring if more than 5 hours). Better gameplay is what we need! Why dont you throw the multiplayer aspect into single player! Open and large map that need to be captured (consider it as Korean supply camp like Freedom Fighter did), replace the actual people with Korean Army bot, story between the map to motivate us going forward(or some short scripted corridor shooter to tell it, but the main gameplay still within the large open map). Yeah, its difficult to script an AI that aware enough with that kind of map, but Crysis can do it, even STALKER execute it nicely (at least in Call of Pripyat). KAOS, please listen to us!

    #23 4 years ago
  24. eb2nhl

    SPOILER……………..ok so I just beat the single player and I WANT MORE OF THIS. and to everyone that says this game is like mw2, IT”S NOT EVEN CLOSE. well if all your hear is the states being invaded and the us fighting back yea it sound like the same game but in homefront korea already has control of the majority of the states. up until the last mission your just part of this small resistance unit thats living behind enemy lines and trying to weaken the korean to free your country but unfortunately your plan fucks up and you get the majority of citizen who are living in korean occupied Colorado killed. its not until the last mission that you get to fight with the american army, even then the army has become so small and weak that I’m assuming in the sequel it wont be a cake walk for the army to take back the us. altogether, great fuckin game and i can’t wait for the sequel keep it up kaos, finally having fun with an fps again. The multiplayer is wicked aswell, not quite as realistic as cod and bad company but still lots of fun and a good change from those 2 games.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. eb2nhl

    @ #23 oh and the open map concept is a great idea I love farcry they have a great AI for that kind of game they should also include a co-op mode more often in fps

    #25 4 years ago
  26. bpcgos

    @25 Yeah, I forgot to mention farcry, sorry! It makes me remember how awesome their reaction when being attacked. Carrying their friends when hurts was a great moment to see.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. aanay

    Ok First thats racist second more people play games now days for the online normally twice as fun as the story how many people do you here lining up for a game at midnight and hear OMG THE STORY MODE DUDE YAHHH TOTALLY CANNNNTT FUCKING WAAAITT AHHAHAH ORGASIM fuckin no one there are more thatn half the people that play the game just for the mp experience so STFU the like they said a balance is the best and the homefront thats out now has a better mp than anyone out now and if you actually listen to what ppl say besides it being short every one likes the plot if tiered of war bc im in the military its all the same go play halo pussyies great online nice strory just need to finish it off keep online just as is or better if possible fix the server problems

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Spleenatron9

    @1
    How is it generic? Should the devs just make it exactly like CoD where there are people jumping off buildings, taking out armies and just demolishing entire civilizations all by yourself. Sorry but Homefront is its own game and is completely unique in game mechanics and in story development. Name another game where north and south Korea ally with each other and take down the US… that’s because it’s never happened before! Stop trolling please and thank you.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Christopher Jack

    @28, 6 months late to the thread.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    @28: Wow, are you serious? Just because it’s North Korea doesn’t mean it’s unique. You had the same story in MW2. But with Russia.

    How ignorant are you anyway? It’s as Call of Duty as it gets. Nothing unique about it. Devs are talking about your main character just being another man, but you still kill thousands of people singlehandedly.

    #30 4 years ago

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    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]