THQ says fixing Homefront for Xbox 360 is its "top priority", patches for all platforms coming soon

Help is on the way for disgruntled Homefront players. THQ confirmed it has made patching the persistent freezing issues on the Xbox 360 number one on its to-do list, and expects to have the first of two updates submitted for Microsoft's approval within the next couple of days. The publisher said similar updates for PS3 will be made available at the same time or shortly thereafter.

 “The Homefront team is finishing up our first Critical Title Update that will address the Profile Corruption issue (also known as the ‘freeze’ bug), as this is our highest priority,”  reads the latest update on Homefront's website, further explaining, “We are also including a fix for multiplayer connectivity and ping time issues, where players are being sent to distant server locations at the expense of performance. We expect this update to be submitted to Microsoft really soon and we will be working with them very closely to get this approved and deployed as quickly as possible.”

The Xbox Live glitch in question has resulted in hard freezes at the THQ and Kaos Studios logo screens after starting a new game. As the bug appears to have a connection to players' profiles, THQ previously suggested owners create a new profile to at least gain access to the single-player campaign. Understandably, this has done little to appease the Homefront community.

THQ also stated its attack plan for addressing the similar issues on the PS3, pledging to release an update for Sony players as soon as it is ready. Details of the fixes for both platforms are posted as follows:

Update 1: Xbox 360 Critical Title Update
Scheduled for Microsoft Submission in the next day or two.
Fixing the Xbox Live Profile Corruption ‘Freeze’ Issue
Fix for players being matched in distant server locations

Update 2: Additional Game Issues Fixes
Playstation 3 Update will release as soon as fixes are ready.
Xbox 360 will submit as soon as Update 1 is released live.

Multiplayer Freezing (affecting X360 & PS3)
Experience and Statistics Resets (affecting X360 & PS3)
Improving Party Matchmaking & Joining with Friends (affecting X360 & PS3)
Fixing the Beacon Error (affecting X360 only)
Correcting inconsistent Leaderboards data (affecting X360 & PS3)

It's arguable Kaos Studios' decision not to conduct a public beta for the PS3 and Xbox 360 has come back to bit them in the ass. That said, even the most thorough Q&A testing can't fully replicate how a game will perform once 700,000+ online rebels get their mitts on it. Are you willing to forgive a new IP for a few (significant) launch hiccups, or are you ready to move on?

[Source: Homefront website]

Mar 23, 2011

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  • avantguardian - March 24, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    @chriszewski: seriously. with all the lip service paid to topping cod/battlefield/halo you would think that taking a "roll the dice while crossing fingers" approach would just doom you from the start (as it probably has for this particular game...R.I.P.). i mean, you're talking about established franchises, with established framework (see: call of duty fill-in-the-blank), you really need to step it up...and it kind of goes without saying that ALL upper tier online games should have a beta, there's just no good reason not to (money doesn't count!).
  • Cruddi - March 23, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    shame trading mine in on friday for cyrsis 2... it had it's chance with me
  • chriszewski - March 23, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    I haven't had too many issues with the game so far. Not being able to play with a big party has been the biggest annoyance, but i'm not swearing off THQ or Kaos just yet. They certainly should have had a beta (last 360 smoothish non-M$ launch i can remember was COD4, and they had a beta) and i can't understand why studios won't commit the resources to have one if you plan on having "COD killing" MP. Word of mouth can be a killer when it comes to sales. I'll give Kaos some slack here and see if the patches can smooth out these signifigant rough edges.
  • RedhawkAce - March 23, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    This sounds like free in game swag time to me am I right!? I'd like a few new maps and some free guns you know since this should have been fixed in the first place!
  • GreenLeader - March 23, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    That's a good start, next they can fix the 1-way invisible walls on the corners of rocks and buildings. I'm sick of shooting someone in the face with my sniper and not getting a hit, but being killed by their SMG without them having to move. Other than that, it's a fairly good game.... Just wish I didn't constantly have fail-team...
  • presc1ence - March 23, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    Although that does sound pretty bad, at least they are saying they are trying to patch it and giving you detials of the second patch. I can think of at least one company who released a game far more broken that will never even get a second patch!.
  • therawski - March 23, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    These issues sound like they knew about the bugs before release but never had time to address them what with that fully playable logo being developed and the wrestling and warhammer games being first priority because you know how popular those are over fps.
  • Santler - March 23, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    I've only encountered a few problems since release, bit of freezing and and sometimes I couldn't even find an online game... Heres hoping the patch comes soon!
  • db1331 - March 23, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    Maybe THQ should have spent less time designing their new logo and more time testing their games. Glad I wasn't one of the saps who bought this. Even if you do get past the freezing, it's still not a good game. Homefront is a pretty lame effort all around. As heavily saturated as the FPS genre is with proven and established franchises, to release a game like this that is completely unremarkable and full of bugs just seems like a huge waste of time for everyone.
  • hellbox9 - March 23, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    do they even test games before they come out anymore? this is rediculous, I'd be so pissed if i bought this and it didnt work.

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