You may have read this morning about serious clashes between North Korean and South Korean forces, sadly resulting in the death of at least two soldiers and threats of impending missile strikes.

You may also have read about the forthcoming Homefront, a possibly prescient THQ shooter telling the story of a North Korean-instigated World War III.

Eurogamer got in touch with THQ to find out if escalating tensions in the region might threaten the release of the game, and whether its writer, John Milius, has an inside man in Kim Jong-Il's war room.

A spokesperson for the publisher got back to us with the following clarification:

"Homefront is a work of speculative fiction, set in the year 2027. Recent real-world events on the Korean peninsula are obviously tragic and, like everyone, we hope for a swift and peaceful resolution."

World War III-permitting, Homefront launches on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 23rd March 2011.

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