THQ Plans Homefront Sequel, Crossmedia Material
Sequels were THQ's Danny Bilson's hot topic during his keynote speech at IGDA Leadership Forum 2010. Bilson discussed Darksiders 2, a sequel to this years Darksiders, but Bilson was also looking further ahead, talking up the possible focus of a sequel to Homefront, a game that is scheduled to come out March next year.
Bilson's discussion of a Homefront sequel sounded very similar to the one he had about Darksiders 2. Bilson stated that, "The sequel has new features and doesn't even deal with the same characters." He went on to say that, "It takes place on the other side of the Mississippi -- nobody knows what's going on over there because the North Koreans have irradiated the Mississippi with radioactive iodine and nobody can cross it without a hazmat suit. It's very interesting stuff."
Bilson also discussed the fact that Darksiders 2 will feature a different lead character, signaling that THQ seems to have a certain idea established for sequels to their new IPs.
Apart from discussing a sequel to Homefront, a game that deals with North Korea invading the US, Bilson discussed the "transmedia" strategy the developer has for the game. The first aspect of that is a Homefront novel which follows a tabloid reporter in L.A during the early stages of the invasion. The novel was actually announced a few weeks ago and will be penned by John Milius (Red Dawn, Apocalypse Now) and Raymond Benson (Metal Gear Solid, James Bond novels). It's something that we are seeing increasingly with novel and comic book tie-ins for games, and Bilson discussed how the company first builds worlds and then has "different media access that world in interesting ways."
Comic books and novels are not exactly that big a jump, but just how interesting is THQ planning on getting with Homefront? Well if the studio has its way, there will actually be a TV miniseries, based on the book, sometime in the near future. THQ is already creating a Red Faction TV movie with SyFy, and one would guess that SyFy would be the first place THQ would turn to with a Homefront miniseries.
THQ seems to have a clear future established for Homefront, now all that's left is to see whether the game is good enough to capture enough of an audience in an over-crowded FPS genre to sustain a novel, TV show and video game sequel.