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San Francisco-set Rock map pack.

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Dramatic differences between PS3 and the computer builds.

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Console against computer in this FPS shoot-out.

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FeatureDanny Bilson: inside the rise and fall of THQ

The outspoken former chief of Saints Row, Homefront and Darksiders finally breaks his silence.

The week before Danny Bilson left THQ in May 2012, he still had hope. He had a plan: Darksiders 2 from Vigil. Metro: Last Light from 4AGames. Company of Heroes 2 from Relic Entertainment. Enter the Dominatrix, the standalone expansion for Saints Row the Third, from Volition. South Park: The Stick of Truth, in production at Obsidian Entertainment. Homefront 2 at Crytek UK. And then there was the unannounced stuff: the next-gen game from Turtle Rock we now know is called Evolve. Patrice Désilets' 1666 at THQ Montreal. The portfolio is long and impressive.

Homefront Ultimate Edition release date announced

Homefront Ultimate Edition release date announced

Game and all the DLC for £20.

THQ has detailed Homefront Ultimate Edition it accidentally revealed last month.

As expected the re-release includes all previously released DLC, and launches across Europe for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 23rd March.

It carries a suggested retail price of £19.99/€24.99. For that you get the game and both map packs, The Rock and Fire Sale, and the 870 Express Shotgun.

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Homefront Ultimate Edition announced

A hot-off-the-press release schedule from THQ has revealed the existence of Homefront Ultimate Edition.

The publisher has yet to reveal what the release might contain.

THQ lists the Ultimate Edition for launch before the end of the financial year - by March 31st.

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FeatureSaturday Soapbox: Bring On The Next Generation

Before the games industry really loses it mojo.

You may have noticed that my splendid and lovely colleagues Oli Welsh and Martin Robinson have recently become embroiled in what may very well be the most polite argument in the history of the internet, debating whether or not 2011 has been a vintage year for gaming.

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Homefront, Red Faction 40 per cent off.

THQ has lifted the shutters on its online store shopTHQ, which sells the publisher's titles primarily via PC download.

New Homefront DLC announced

New Homefront DLC announced

The Rock adds new multiplayer maps.

A new map pack is on its way for THQ shooter Homefront.

The Rock DLC adds two new multiplayer maps. Alacatraz is set in the infamous San Francisco island prison, while Bridge sees you attempting to secure the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

There are also two new Team Deathmatch areas - Waterway and Overpass.

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THQ confirms Homefront 2 plans

THQ confirms Homefront 2 plans

Looking to learn from original's failings.

More Homefront is on the way, THQ's core games chief Danny Bilson has confirmed.

Chatting with Eurogamer backstage at E3 last week, Bilson revealed that it had some "interesting" plans for the new FPS franchise.

"Everything we learned from [the original] you'll see executed in other games going forward, and including that franchise going forward. We'll have some really interesting announcements in the future about the future of that brand."

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First Homefront DLC pack announced

First Homefront DLC pack announced

Plus, Xbox 360 update goes live today.

The first set of DLC for Kaos Studio's Homefront FPS launches for Xbox 360 on 7th June.

Titled Fire Sale, it consists of two new multiplayer maps. No word yet on when PC and PlayStation 3 users will be able to get their hands on it.

There'll also be a new weapon available for download on the same day – the 870 Express Shotgun – and a free premium theme for your Xbox 360 dashboard.

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March US Xbox 360 sales detailed

March US Xbox 360 sales detailed

No home console stronger in 2011.

For a third consecutive month, Xbox 360 has been crowned North America's best-selling home console.

Microsoft revealed a March tally of 430,000 Xbox 360 sales: a significant amount more - 28 per cent more - than in March 2010.

In only one of the last 10 months has Xbox 360 not been top of the home console pile.

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Bilson: Homefront is "not a 71"

THQ exec dismisses Metacritic score.

THQ exec Danny Bilson has shrugged off middling review scores for recent FPS Homefront, insisting the publisher has achieved what it set out to do with the game.

THQ confirms Kaos, Volition lay-offs

THQ confirms Kaos, Volition lay-offs

17 staff let go at Homefront developer.

Homefront developer Kaos Studios and Saints Row team Volition have both been hit by a round of redundancies, owner THQ has announced.

According to a statement released to Gamasutra, 17 members of staff got their marching orders at Kaos, while 16 desks were cleared at Volition.

"We have had to let go of 16 employees at Volition, our studio in Champaign, Illinois," confirmed a THQ spokesperson. "We must adjust our workforce to fit the studio's current needs, which is a relatively common occurrence in the game development industry."

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Homefront racks up 1 million sales

Homefront racks up 1 million sales

Plus, best debut week of 2011 in UK.

Post-apocalyptic FPS Homefront sold over a million copies in its first week on sale, THQ boasted today.

That figure includes sales in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific markets and is off the back of 2.4 million units shipped to retailers.

The bragging didn't end there though. THQ also pointed out that the shooter is the UK's best-selling week-one new console release of 2011 so far.

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Homefront sales: Xbox 70%, PS3 26%

Homefront sales: Xbox 70%, PS3 26%

What was your Korea choice?

Nearly three-quarters of UK opening-weekend Homefront sales were made on Xbox 360.

A titanic 70 per cent of copies were sold for Xbox 360, leaving 26 per cent for PS3 and four per cent for PC, according to Chart-Track (a company that doesn't include sales for digital services like Steam).

Homefront entered the UK all-formats chart today at number one, recording the biggest home console launch of the year, beating out Dragon Age II and Dead Space 2.

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Homefront PlayStation 3 patch out now

Homefront PlayStation 3 patch out now

Dedicated servers mean "kinks".

Kaos Studios has updated the PlayStation 3 version of first-person shooter Homefront with a patch.

PS3 owning players of Homefront, which launches in the UK today, have reported freezing issues – the patch fixes those.

The patch notes in full:

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FeatureSqueezed Middle

Life as a second-tier publisher is no longer tenable.

Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz's widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial, is a weekly dissection of an issue weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.

Homefront sells 375k on day one in US

Homefront sells 375k on day one in US

THQ "delighted", "fulfilling re-orders".

THQ's new FPS franchise Homefront sold 375,000 copies during its first day on sale in the US, the publisher has announced.

"We are delighted with first day sales for Homefront and are already fulfilling re-orders for the game from multiple retailers," said CEO Brian Farrell.

That's a convincing repost to news yesterday that THQ's share price had plunged more than 20 per cent following middling reviews of the shooter.

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Homefront scores cause THQ stock crash

Share price falls 20% in 24 hours.

THQ's share price has fallen 20 per cent in the past 24 hours, with pundits blaming the mixed review scores for its Homefront FPS which hit the web today.

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Homefront

Seoul mates?

"Press X to jump in mass grave". I've been confronted with some bizarre button prompts in my time, but Homefront earns itself a special biscuit for this strangely calm exhortation to dive in amongst my slaughtered neighbours.

The moment also neatly encapsulates the ways in which Homefront takes aim at an obvious and broad target, yet somehow still manages to miss the bullseye.

The plot is as simple as it is implausible. North and South Korea are reunited and become a new superpower, just as America's economy collapses and bird flu ravages the population. Before you can say Senator McCarthy, the evil Communist menace has invaded American soil - and these Reds aren't hiding under any beds. No, they're murdering and oppressing like there's an expiration date for villainy, casually shooting a young mother and father in front of their child during the opening sequence, just in case having enemy soldiers occupying your country wasn't motivation enough to get you up and shooting.

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Kaos defends "5 hour" Homefront campaign

Is "competitive" with COD and Battlefield.

Kaos Studios, creator of upcoming first-person shooter Homefront, has defended the length of the game's campaign after reports that it is only five hours long hit the internet.

THQ wants in on EA vs Acti FPS battle

Bilson: "We’re in the conversation."

Barely a month goes by without EA boss John Ricitiello reminding anyone who will listen that he wants to snatch the FPS crown back from Call of Duty publisher Activision.

Uncertain future ahead for Homefront dev

But pre-orders break THQ record.

THQ exec Danny Bilson has spoken out on rumours that THQ is planning to dissolve New York-based Homefront developer Kaos Studios and relocate staff to its new Montreal studio.

Exclusive features, 3D for PC Homefront

Exclusive features, 3D for PC Homefront

Plus, recommended system specs revealed.

The PC version of forthcoming THQ shooter Homefront will have full 3D support and a number of exclusive features, developer Digital Extremes has revealed.

According to a post on the game's official site, the PC version gets a number of features over and above its console brethren.

Firstly, you'll be able to control vehicles from both a first and third person perspective. Not only that, but helicopters have additional control options for those looking for a more "sim-like" experience. There will be three settings to choose from: ace, veteran and rookie.

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Multiplayer hands-on with Battle Commander.

"He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks." Those are the words of Sun Tzu, a man who would have had a lot of time for Homefront, where everyone is spiritually drawn toward camping behind rocks and using remote-control helicopter drones to spam one another with rockets.

THQ: New consoles would be "horrible"

"It's bad for everybody," says Bilson.

What if Sony and Microsoft were to turn around tomorrow and announce the arrival of PS4 and Xbox 720 within three years? For THQ core games boss Danny Bilson, that would be a disaster.

Homefront dev defends 10-hour days

Kaos working to the bone, is part of the job.

The boss of Homefront developer Kaos Studios has defended crunch – the act of working 10-hour days seven days a week to get a game ready for launch.

MS support led to Homefront DLC deal

Plus: Kaos on story innovation and subtlety.

Developer Kaos Studios has told Eurogamer that the deal to bring all Homefront DLC to Xbox 360 first only came about because Microsoft showed great support for the game while Sony stood mute.

All Homefront DLC first on Xbox 360

360 version comes with exclusive map.

UPDATE: Major Nelson has just updated his blog with the following information: "ALL future Homefront downloadable content will come FIRST to Xbox 360 and our Xbox Live community. When Homefront hits shelves in March, Xbox gamers will have an exclusive multiplayer map called Suburbs. Look for more details on Inside Xbox next week."

Bilson wouldn't have put Taliban in MOH

"It's emotional and it's personal."

EA's inclusion of the Taliban as a playable faction in the multiplayer portion of last year's Afghanistan shooter Medal of Honor turned enough heads to force it to scrap the idea at the 11th hour, but for THQ core games boss Danny Bilson, the Taliban should never have even been considered.

Homefront uses THQ Online Pass

Multiplayer progression limited without it.

Homefront will be the second game by THQ to feature an Online Pass - a system designed to act as a deterrent to second-hand buyers.

Jong-Il's son is a gamer, will never rule

Despot disapproves of Jong-chol's hobby.

Despite recent studies by the US Navy that suggest gaming can help make you the perfect soldier, it seems that if you've got designs on becoming a globally-feared North Korean despot, you'd best put the controller down.

THQ calls for "peaceful" end to Korea crisis

Homefront "a work of speculative fiction."

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.

Homefront's getting a sequel - THQ

Homefront's getting a sequel - THQ

Takes place on the other side of Mississippi.

Homefront 1 isn't out yet, but Homefront 2 is already on the cards.

THQ's core games boss Danny Bilson said a sequel would be set on the other side of the Mississippi river.

"The sequel has new features and doesn't even deal with the same characters," Bilson revealed during an IGDA speech (reported by Joystiq).

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Homefront novel detailed

Co-written by Apocalypse Now screenwriter.

The novel set in the Homefront universe and due out early next year is co-written by Apocalypse Now screenwriter John Milius and Raymond Benson, author of two Metal Gear Solid books and multiple James Bond novels.

Homefront: "I promise you it competes"

With 6-10 hour campaign, says Bilson.

THQ core games boss Danny Bilson has staked his reputation on new shooter Homefront. He reckons it can go toe-to-toe with even the biggest out there - including Call of Duty.

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Choose your drone adventure.

Leaping into a Homefront multiplayer demo in its first throes is like witnessing several dozen people all failing their driving tests at once. The game's jeeps and tanks are pretty zippy once you get to grips with them, but they're quirky; with forward and reverse on the left stick, and turning tied to the camera, there's a little bit of brain-lag to take into account. So, for the first few moments, fender benders and other slapstick RTAs dominate most of the action on the map.

THQ: Kinect/Move games are cheap

Don't expect motion-control blockbusters.

Games for PlayStation Move and Microsoft's Kinect are for a mass market, and therefore much cheaper and quicker to develop than core titles, according to THQ.

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Duty bound.

It was all going so well until they tried to explain it. We've just been privy to a little bit of hitherto mysterious shooter Homefront, which features absurdly lavish environments and some retina-bothering firebombing effects. Its very much broken world looks as it does because North Korea invaded America in 2027...

THQ has plans for Homefront 2

Future FPS will be continued in DLC, sequel.

THQ's near-future FPS Homefront doesn't even have a release date yet, but the publisher's already planning a sequel.

E3: Milius Homefront role clarified

"He's perfect for this setting and drama."

Apocalypse Now and Red Dawn writer John Milius is working as a "story consultant" on Kaos Studios' upcoming FPS Homefront, rather than writing it.

FeatureE3: Homefront

Defending the US from occupation.

We haven't swung the high-concept bat around here for a while, so how about this: Half-Life 2 meets Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. Valve's love of first-person storytelling, high-end graphics and mysterious military occupation, and Ubisoft's love of near-future weaponry, remote-control UAVs and current-day politics stretched to a fictional extreme. Kaos Studios' Homefront will have to go an enormous way to live up to that billing - and the developers aren't so immodest as to refer to either chart-topper when I visit - but the parallels are all there on the surface.

THQ unveils Kaos Studios' Homefront

THQ unveils Kaos Studios' Homefront

North Korea invades the US, you resist.

THQ has unveiled Homefront, a first-person shooter for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 from Kaos Studios, which will be shown at E3. There's currently no release date.

Set 20 years in the future, Homefront puts you at the spearhead of the resistance against North Korean occupation of the USA.

Developer Kaos promises a mixture of first-person storytelling and oppressive action sequences with the near-future realism of games like its own Frontlines: Fuel of War and (we reckon) Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter.

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