THQ Details PC-Specific Homefront Extras

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THQ Details PC-Specific Homefront Extras

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THQ is giving the PC version of Homefront a lot of unique multiplayer tweaks, including first-person cockpit views, more sim-like controls in helicopters, squad-based VOIP, and yes, dedicated servers.

Homefront Creative Director Dave Votypka promised earlier this month that PC gamers would get some serious love from the game with a range of platform-specific features. "We know what they're looking for - the clan players, the tournament players, and the PC developers," he said. "We have a whole PC game catered to the PC community and we'll be announcing more details pretty soon."

That "pretty soon" has arrived and Votypka wasn't kidding; Homefront multiplayer on the PC will definitely bring a lot of extra goodness to the party. Vehicles in the game will be controllable from both the first and third-person perspective. Helicopters will have three distinct control settings, Rookie, Veteran and Ace, each more difficult than the last but allowing for greater degrees of maneuverability. Joysticks will be fully supported and extra vehicle abilities for co-pilots have been added, like a recon function for the Scout chopper, and a practice mode will also be available so players can get a feel for the stick without getting a stick in the ear.

Beyond the vehicles, the PC edition will have a squad management system with squad-based VOIP, as well as clan support and more detailed post-match statistics. Multiplayer match recording is built it, as is LAN support, and a "dedicated server browser executable" will be released within two weeks of the game's launch. Finally, as a Steamworks title, Homefront will keep hooliganism to a minimum with Valve's Anti-Cheat software.

On the non-multi side of the coin, the PC interface has been tweaked to make it more mouse-friendly, SLI and Crossfire are both supported and so is Nvidia's 3D Vision. Mod tools won't be available at launch but could be released if there's enough demand for it; a demo, however, is not going to happen. "We'd love to release a public demo, but this would detract efforts from the main game," the studio explained in the Homefront PC FAQ.

Homefront comes out on March 8 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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stupid homefront, the more I hear about it the more I want it but with sooooo many games coming out in the next couple months.....

Nice if it's true though a server browser and decent mouse support for pc shouldn't really be an advertised feature. Just like autoaim for controllers and host migration aren't advertised features for the for consoles,
But the rest is sweet especially the flight controls, nobody got those right yet.
Battlefield 2 had the best controls but those were impossible to learn.
Edit: They specifically mentioned those are standart:
"Finally, a few tweaks you'd expect as standard - we optimized the UI to make it more PC / Mouse friendly. We support SLI / Crossfire configurations for extra performance, and we support 3D through NVidia's 3D Vision if you have the appropriate hardware."

Andy Chalk:
a demo, however, is not going to happen. "We'd love to release a public demo, but this would detract efforts from the main game," the studio explained in the Homefront PC FAQ.

Plus we all know that people who want a demo will just pirate it.

Glad to see the PC getting love.

Good to hear, but this game just looks so uninteresting, and the guy criticising the inclusion of the Taliban in MoH has pissed me off.

Dedicated servers an "extra" though? Fuck no - should be standard. I don't see how they're any harder to implement than they were 10+ years ago.

Hearing that it's a mix of the best from Battlefield and CoD, and now some extra PC love? DAYUM THQ YOU SCARY!

While all this PC love is wonderful and all that, why are we rejoicing about VAC?

Don't get me wrong, I love Valve and their games, but waiting weeks/months to ban someone you know is hacking is just plain stupid. Their reasoning is that said hackers, thinking their particular hack is foolproof, will go and spread the word, getting others to try the hack, leading to more bans than a simple permaban would've accomplished.

That's great and all, but your anti-hack software failed it's most basic responsibility. To keep hackers out of my games.

/Rant over,

I'm going to be keeping a close eye on this game. It just doesn't look that far enough from every other FPS out there to justify a pre-order, but still looks interesting.

While it's awesome to see more PC love, Homefront still looks really uninteresting. Hopefully other developers follow their lead though.

Everywhere I go, I seem to see some kind of excitement for this game, but something about it just makes me skeptical.

Maybe it's that with all the sequels and rebootings of major FPS series, I'm not about to jump into a brand new IP, especially one that doesn't hasn't really wowed me with anything yet.

Or maybe I'm becoming a snob... and I really really hope not

Andy Chalk:
Joysticks will be fully supported

I sure hope that helicopters are easy to get for whatever poor sap hooks up a joystick; using a keyboard and mouse while on the ground with a hulking monstrosity on your desk is going to make for some crazy maneuvering.

More to the point, while all of these things are grand (except the demo part, alas), I'm still not looking forward to it that much.

It's kind of like the Duke Nukem Forever argument, where the game had better be solid innovation gold or it will get killed off because it didn't live up to the *enormous* amount of hype. So far? Not so impressed. We'll see.

Well, looks like Blops wont be played on my PC when this comes out...

Hmm... tempting to get, but I might wait for a sale. I was looking for a good online shooter to play, and so far Breach has been pretty fun... Plus Bulletstorm and new Pokemon games around that time, not to mention school and work...

Why is the first-person vehicle controls PC only...first person driving works best on console anyway. Wheel > Thunbsticks > WASD.

Excellent, moved from going to buy at some point, to pre-order on Steam.

Double post, stupid captcha...

No demo?

Not that I was ever interested, but I never pay before playing a game.

FlashHero:
Why is the first-person vehicle controls PC only...first person driving works best on console anyway. Wheel > Thunbsticks > WASD.

Well, you can either have a button to shoot, or a button to change the camera. Controller limitation is a bitch, ain't it?

Anyway, I don't know why is everyone getting excited. This is how people used to make FPS games when PC was the main platform. This game is still not on my list. I'm buying Red Orchestra 2. Now that will be a hardcore PC FPS!

and a practice mode will also be available so players can get a feel for the stick without getting a stick in the ear.

Thank you for taking a page from Arma! The Armory was one of the best features of that game. Man, I could fly around for hours dicking around in an Su-25...

FlashHero:
Why is the first-person vehicle controls PC only...first person driving works best on console anyway. Wheel > Thunbsticks > WASD.

For normal cars yes(though I would still argue that is down to prefernce; I've kicked many a control pad users asses in Grid with my keyboard), for tanks NOOOHOOHOOHOHO! Tanks you a different drive train control scheme that is almost uncannily identical to the WASD setup. Forward is both treads rolling forward, however, left and right control the differential rather than the wheels, so the action of turning the tank is easier to understand and manipulate with A and D rather than tilting a control stick.

Woodsey:
Good to hear, but this game just looks so uninteresting, and the guy criticising the inclusion of the Taliban in MoH has pissed me off.

Dedicated servers an "extra" though? Fuck no - should be standard. I don't see how they're any harder to implement than they were 10+ years ago.

It's a sad day when Dedi's and proper mouse support are touted as features instead of just being understood to already be in the game. :(

Get me some DX11 tessellation and I'd be excited. That part of my GPU is a crypt and probably has cobwebs and other such metaphors for underuse covering it.

Good. Now if it falls on its ass, the elitist PC fanboys cant go crying that usual song of "consoles made it bad!".

Leaving first person helicopter views our of consoles, though? Shame.

Im glad to see the legacy of last years MW2 dedicated servers riot is still having an effect.

Andy Chalk:
a demo, however, is not going to happen. "We'd love to release a public demo, but this would detract efforts from the main game," the studio explained

Looks like I won't buy Homefront.

What the hell? Okay, I understand making the game better on PC, but this is just too much. I mean seriously. I would get it on PC, but my laptop's absolute garbage.

Its about time pc gets some exclusives

Woodsey:
Good to hear, but this game just looks so uninteresting, and the guy criticising the inclusion of the Taliban in MoH has pissed me off.

Dedicated servers an "extra" though? Fuck no - should be standard. I don't see how they're any harder to implement than they were 10+ years ago.

I've said it once, I'll say it a thousand times - dedicated servers are extremely fucking expensive for developers to set up and maintain.

The only reason studios like KAOS and DICE can do it for games like Homefront and Battlefield is because they know the populations will be low almost all the time; trying to do dedicated servers for a game like Halo or CoD (on the 360) would be financial suicide.

Hell, the only reason they're trying it for Gears 3 is because they're hoping the game will make enough money, and honestly, I think they all know the population will drop like a rock after the first couple of months, just like with Gears 2 (and Gears 1, once it had competition from CoD4 and Halo 3).

Also, first-person driving should be the mandatory and only avaliable option for vehicles, ever.

March is going to kill me. What with this, Shogun 2, Dragon Age 2, Pokemon, Dungeon Siege 3, FEAR3, Crysis 2 and maybe even games like Darkspore (if it's not shite) and Child of Eden and Top Spin 4.

Sorry belly, no food for you in March.

Funny, now we've reached the 1999 level of pc games. Battlefield 1942 and even Counterstrike had those features. But nontheless it's nice to see some LAN and mod support in todays gaming.

The only thing I'm curious to know about this game is: Does it use the PC to its full extent? Are we going to see jaw-dropping directx11 visuals, or are we going to get yet another game stuffed full of 2005 graphics with a couple of bloom filters added? I'm sick to death of paying top dollar for games that look like they belong on a console, not on the latest and best of pc hardware. I'm tired of games that have such limited gameplay (like CoD5, which is basically an on-rails shooter without the automated movement) thanks to their console-based development approach.

Computers can handle much greater resource requests, can process more data faster and can calculate umpteen times faster than consoles, but since those damn toasters with joypads came out, games have not advanced. We're stuck in a 2005 technological time-loop, of cash and consoles driving game development, leading to the same games being released year after year with slight map and texture changes, rather than pc-based gaming driving hardware manufacturers and software developers to push the boundaries of what can be accomplished with our medium. Until the focus returns to pc, where technological advances are a must, not just a "it'd be nice", we're going to be stuck seeing the same old retreads of the same old games.

I'm so close to giving up on gaming as a hobby. I've watched as games have gone from being the pushers and heralds of new technology to the cash-cow without advancement of the console devs. It's a truly depressing state of affairs.

As much as all of that support sounds fantastic, I just can't get excited for Homefront. It just sounds like something I've played a million times already.

Generic soldier-people running around in generic neighbourhoods shooting generic weapons with no new thing to spice up the gameplay.
Booooored.

I'll hold out for something that tries something new, like Brink.

Paragon Fury:

Woodsey:
Good to hear, but this game just looks so uninteresting, and the guy criticising the inclusion of the Taliban in MoH has pissed me off.

Dedicated servers an "extra" though? Fuck no - should be standard. I don't see how they're any harder to implement than they were 10+ years ago.

I've said it once, I'll say it a thousand times - dedicated servers are extremely fucking expensive for developers to set up and maintain.

The only reason studios like KAOS and DICE can do it for games like Homefront and Battlefield is because they know the populations will be low almost all the time; trying to do dedicated servers for a game like Halo or CoD (on the 360) would be financial suicide.

Hell, the only reason they're trying it for Gears 3 is because they're hoping the game will make enough money, and honestly, I think they all know the population will drop like a rock after the first couple of months, just like with Gears 2 (and Gears 1, once it had competition from CoD4 and Halo 3).

Also, first-person driving should be the mandatory and only avaliable option for vehicles, ever.

I'm not talking about the 360.

So there will be a non-gimped PC version, it's really sad how that is now a selling point.
But hey quality development is really rare these days so why not sell on that.

Wait. Am I reading this right? No first person view for vehicles on consoles, only PC?

Canid117:

Andy Chalk:
a demo, however, is not going to happen. "We'd love to release a public demo, but this would detract efforts from the main game," the studio explained

Looks like I won't buy Homefront.

Same. I was waiting for a demo to avoid getting another frontlines, but no such luck. Least I'll be able to afford L.A. Noir now.

OT: You get what you pay for I guess. But surely half these features should be included anyway? And no first person view in vehicles for consoles? That'll make aiming in a tank a bitch if it's anything like Bad company 2...

GiantRedButton:
The rest is sweet especially the flight controls, nobody got those right yet.
"

ArmA did.

In all seriousness. ArmA, with community patches, is basicly just Battlefield with realism beefed up tenfold.

Once you add all the community extras, it gets even crazier.

Landing two teams of five special operators on a four-by-four roof, in two MH-6 LittleBirds, and flying off again...

That shit is total Black Hawk Down. Epic :P

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