THQ and Kaos Are Already Planning a Homefront Sequel
Mainstream video game culture is kind of horrifying right now, and every publisher is planning 12 sequels to every game they make even though that’s stupid. Unfortunately, most gamers support this, because they tend to want many sequels as possible to every game they like. Sigh.
So, yeah, Homefront was apparently planned as a franchise starter, which is terrifying.
“THQ and Kaos have always looked at it as a franchise. Assuming it does well, that’s certainly the plan – to move on to future Homefront products,” Kaos GM David Votypka told Eurogamer.
I just hate this. Franchises you have to “plan” for (i.e. not the ones in which each game is a standalone adventure, like Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Uncharted, GTA, Fallout, etc.) tend to produce games that aren’t entirely satisfying within their own context (i.e. Dead Space 2, Assassin’s Creed, Killzone, Resistance, Mass Effect 2, etc.). And, of course, there’s no guarantee the game will sell well enough to warrant a sequel. THQ says the game has 200,000 preorders in North America, but VGChartz indicates a much lower number.
Here’s a novel idea: make the best game you can, which you cannot do if you’re trying to leave the door open for a sequel. Take Dead Space 2: the don’t-close-the-door ending to that game, both pre- and post credits, massively deemphasizes everything that comes before it. That’s my fear.
There is hope: Homefront does have an actual writer holding the pen.
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