Homefront set to debut tonight on Sky
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What do Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba and Kim Jong-Il have in common? Not a lot until today...
In the last month alone we, the videogame community, have welcomed two phenomenal additions to the FPS genre - Bulletstorm and the PS3 exclusive KillZone 3. However, while both of these titles have emerged amongst a flourish of rumour and controversy, it is THQ's upcoming shooter Homefront that looks most likely to stimulate a media frenzy.
Back in December 2010, I published an article here at Shadowlocked debuting - and discussing - the latest release of Homefront's trailer; a trailer that hit home for a number of different reasons. With its volatile - yet relatable - storyline, and its thought-provoking images of both mass genocide and Kim Jong-Il, Homefront's debut trailer proved successful; demonstrating that the 'any publicity is good publicity' slogan is as relevant as it ever was. Since then, THQ have continued to leak and drip-feed its public via short gameplay clips and additional trailers; thus ensuring that anticipation and discussion remained prevalent, without the need for total transparency.
However, while online audiences have continued to trawl the net, discussing both the implications of its fictional storyline and their aspirations in regards to the title's upcoming release, our broadcast brethren have fallen upon deaf ears...until now. While the footballing world prepare to witness a 'clash of the titans' encounter between Manchester United and their bitter rivals Chelsea, the videogamers amongst us will be tuning in for entirely different reasons. In the latest press release from THQ today, the company has suggested that Homefront's first televised trailer will be shown immediately after the game, believed to be around 9.30pm (GMT). With just under three weeks to go before Homefront hits the stores, you can bet that THQ will be scrupulously deciphering viewer reaction; especially when you consider that the game's primary demographic audience will be those watching said game.
Either way, it will be interesting to see how THQ have decided to approach this new media source. Their initial trailer, while somewhat controversial, brought both the buzz and discussion that any FPS needs to be globally successful. While short, it promised a litigious storyline combined with fast, hard-hitting action - a minimum for any FPS circa the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare generation. On the other hand, a fresh and unseen trailer may better suit its chosen debut position, capturing a new crowd whilst giving the pre-existing fans new ammunition with which to fire across the web.
Whatever happens, you can be sure that the internet will be awash with fresh comments and blog-posts come the morning, with fans and enthusiasts of the game looking to give their two pence (it's English, remember) to our socially-connected network. Personally, I find it hilarious that Sky Sports, having just removed Andy Gray from our screens due to his sexist comments, may be just hours away from broadcasting the frightening images of Kim Jong-Il - a man known for his violent, sexist and undemocratic dictatorship - into our homes. Talk about blissful ignorance...
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