THQ VP calls out Call of Duty's 'jingoism,' says Homefront will be different

 Yes, THQ’s upcoming Homefront is a shooter about repelling North Korean invaders from US soil. Yes, it’s penned by John Milius, screenwriter of Red Dawn and Conan the Barbarian (and alleged inspiration for John Goodman’s slightly batshit character in The Big Lebowski). But it will not, according to THQ core-game VP Danny Bilson, have what he calls the “steroided-out, super-soldier, waving the American flag” mentality of games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor.

When asked by GR sister site CVG why THQ would launch a new IP into the fiercely competitive FPS market, Bilson – who once worked as a writer on Medal of Honor: Frontline and MoH: Rising Sun – said that the “big X on [Homefront] was emotion. Not just fear and adrenaline – emotion.

“In last year's Call Of Duty,” Bilson said, “where they kind of got to America during a Russian invasion, note there were no civilians anywhere. It was like being on a lot in a movie studio. Everything was pristine. It was really fun – loved the game, those guys are brilliant. But our mission is to go where the other guys aren't.”

“All the tonality of Homefront is very different to what's out there today,” Bilson said. “It's violence with consequence. There is civilian misery in this game. … Everything we've done in this comes after looking at history, looking at occupied lands and guerrilla warfare throughout time.”

Above: Jingoistic or not, Homefront's pre-E3 trailer was creepy enough to grab our interest

"We're a global company," Bilson said. "No jingoism here. Some of that's political, some of that's personal." He also added that Homefront won’t be a US-centric series. While the first game follows a small group of rebels from a farm in Colorado to a battle to retake San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, “you're going to see Homefront: London later on in the franchise,” Bilson said.

Source: CVG

Aug 2, 2010


  • wud03 - August 4, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    Freedom Fighters did the civilian misery etc thing a generation ago. Still waiting for a game to duplicate it/improve upon it.
  • RebornKusabi - August 3, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    As both an American, and a current native Texan, I'm really getting sick of all of these damn "modern warfare" or "Middle East/Russia/North Korea invades North America" games and I really hate how gamers confused the message Call of Duty 4 and MW2 were going for which was there IS no right or wrong in war, no black or white morality system that soldiers live by, just "Shoot him before he shoots me" and that's it. With that said, I am excited as **** for the next Ghost Recon because I love me some future warfare hypocritically speaking lol
  • Maasai - August 3, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    Now that's how you do a trailer.
  • Jackald - August 3, 2010 10:42 a.m.

    @Valcrist: That's South Korea that like starcraft. North Korea deny all of their citizens internet, computers, they can't afford any of the restaurants because they're paid so badly, and 95% of their buildings and recreation centres are all for show in case anyone happens to spy on them.
  • C4RD1NAL - August 3, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    Reminds me of the opening cutscene for the first mercenaries game. Gave me eerie chills then and now. Extremely interested!
  • VyseTheTetrisdork - August 3, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    Their E3 presentation of Homefront put it on my radar. The linked trailer setting up the background was creepy as hell, especially if all that became true. The video demos looked good. Now that I learned the guy behind Red Dawn is writing this, I may go for the pre-order. Throw in the obligatory "WOLVERINES!!!" line and some people will buy this day one. I am curious about how they would do HF: London.
  • ventanger - August 3, 2010 3:41 a.m.

    That a ridiculously stupid criticism. Stick to wrestling games THQ, because allowing comments like that show how unbelievably stupid you are.
  • WoodyWoodrowAndThePanfluteOfDestiny - August 3, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    Being made by the people who did Frontlines, this is my #1 wanted game other than Mass Effect 3 or Elderscrolls V
  • JohnnyMaverik - August 3, 2010 2:42 a.m.

    Based oh the trailer THQ should stop talking utter bollocks, cuz yes it will. I have lost all faith in any war game set in any time period to not contain a degree of go America jingoism, and will remain unconvinced until one comes along to prove me wrong.
  • shadowreaper72 - August 3, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    i know this game has awhile to improve so i hope they improve the a.i cause at e3 the a.i was so freakin retarded they didnt know what the hell they was doing
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - August 3, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    @Wikiparazneedscitation I know what you mean, but I think North Korea is better because It's less expected and we don't know much about it. Also the total dictatorship of N.K. seems alot more frightening to me than the communist rule in China. On a side note, did you guys know Kim Jung Il has the largest private dvd collection in the world?
  • frozenghost - August 3, 2010 2:14 a.m.

    This game looks badass but I have one simple question? Where are the WW1(1914-1918)shooters?
  • HaitianSensation - August 3, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    @Valcrist: Good idea! :) /war But this does look pretty incredible. I was thinking it'd be a clone of MW2 but if the guy from Red Dawn is involved then I might have to re-evaluate my thoughts about this game. An emotion other than "USA! USA! USA!" would be a nice change of pace.
  • Valcrist - August 3, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    It ceirtanly is creepy as hell, although im sure there would be one way to stop that invation. All the US have to do is threathen to stop any support and development of starcraft 2. That would be enough to keep em in check XD
  • Wikiparazneedscitation - August 3, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Badass as the trailer is, the whole thing would feel more credible if it were the Chinese. They at least have the political and economic muscle to be scary if provoked. North Korea is almost totally backwards in every way. Anyway, the game looks awesome, convincing plot or not
  • Cwf2008 - August 2, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    That would be freaken creepy if this really happened...but this is currently on my must buy list
  • D0CCON - August 2, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    This is a sign that modern warfare games can avoid falling into the same hole as the WWII sub-genre. So far, nearly all developers see modern warfare as "Russia invades America" or "holy shit, isn't America f***ing awesome and amazing and never does anything wrong." Only occasionally does this new sub-genre bring up Middle Eastern terrorists, it's usually Russians or PMCs. It's interesting to have North Korea as the enemy, especially since the Cold War is over and North Korea feels like a bigger threat (even though the entire country is in shambles and it looks unlikely that they will pose a threat to us anytime soon).
  • AlpineGuy - August 2, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    The trailer creeped the hell outta me. Still, I'm very interested in where they will take this.
  • Onepersonwithnoopinion - August 2, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    Now this looks like something that I would buy. What else is different in this game aside from the approach?
  • foxyexplosion - August 2, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    This actually does look pretty bad ass. I like where they seem to be going with it but they kinda gloss over the unification of Korea (what? in a little trailer? You would think such specific and mostly unnecessary information would be included). I just dont see North Korea actually accomplishing anything dramatic is all. I mean there populous is getting shorter As. We. Speak. I give them five years before their political structure collapses. But I guess China is weird too and I dont really know too much of the facts...

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