Homefront 2 is "certainly the plan"
Dev teases "third gameplay layer" for sequel.
Homefront launches next week, but maker Kaos Studios has revealed a sequel is part of its plan – success permitting.
And success certainly looks likely. The near-future first-person shooter is the most pre-ordered game in publisher THQ's history in the US, and Eurogamer understands pre-orders are healthy in the UK, too.
While outspoken core games boss Danny Bilson doesn't expect Homefront to match Call of Duty, Medal of Honor and Battlefield's phenomenal sales figures, Kaos and THQ have been plotting a sequel for longer than you might have thought, Kaos creative director and general manager David Votypka told Eurogamer.
"We've been talking about it for quite a while," he said. "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."
So, what can gamers expect from Homefront 2?
In Homefront, players join a small resistance force that fights back against a fictional Korean invasion of the US. Votypka told Eurogamer future Homefront products will retain that central theme and be "about fighting for things that are dear to you".
Going further, Votypka teased one mechanic – closely linked to the gameplay – he's keen to implement with the sequel.
"I can't talk too much about it," he said, "but I will say that in Homefront we have some great in-game storytelling moments and we have our combat moments. I'd like to add a third gameplay layer to that. A really gameplay centric layer. I'll leave it at that."