THQ’s core games chief Danny Bilson has confirmed that the company is going ahead with Homefront 2.
Speaking during E3 2011 last week, Bilson said that the company would be looking at the criticisms of the first game and would improve on them significantly.
“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.”
Bilson though still waxed lyrical about the original, stating that he thought it was a great game which the publisher learned a lot from.
“I loved the game. It was a tremendous learning experience for us. We learned a lot about managing dedicated servers. We got very ambitious with dedicated servers.
“I put a lot of myself into that effort on that game. I learned a lot. I still think it’s creatively a fantastic game, a great place to go. The environmental storytelling is excellent. The marketing was wonderful. That brand resonated with a lot of people emotionally.
“We sold through a million units in a week. That’s huge on a brand new IP.
Finally Bilson went on to add that the next game will aim to please everybody, with the review scores particularly being a focus for the team.
“I would like to get to a place where we don’t get mixed reviews, we get all great reviews, as certain games get. We had 40 reviews over 80. 40. And some that were just down in the bottom. I don’t want to have games that are so controversial on quality. I want to have consistency across everybody’s experience with them.
“We need to look at our games in terms of not just what we love about them, but what could somebody not like about them, and work on every little corner of them and shore them up to get to greatness.
“We’re growing. We’re learning. We’re applying learnings. That game taught us tons. It also taught us some really good things. It was an example of the new way we market core in THQ. That was the first large campaign executed under my leadership with great marketers unchained. We succeeded really well.”
Homefront released earlier in the year. It’s Metacritic rating currently sits at 70 percent.
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