Homefront DLC debuting on Xbox 360

Microsoft touts timed-exclusivity of all add-on content for THQ's near-future dystopian shooter; Suburbs multiplayer map only on platform-holder's console.

One of the primary weapons in the console wars arms race has traditionally been the securing of platform-exclusive or timed-exclusive content. Microsoft has been particularly aggressive in this regard during this generation of consoles, with one of the most recent high-profile examples being timed-exclusive downloadable content for Activision's billion-dollar-generating Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Today, Microsoft announced its latest effort to secure platform-exclusive content for a third-party multiplatform title as part of THQ's Gamers Week event in New York. The game in question is Homefront, and the content is timed-exclusivity for all future downloadable content on the Xbox 360. Owners of Microsoft's console will also receive out-and-out exclusive access to the Suburbs multiplayer map.

Cordoning off content, in the great capitalist tradition.

THQ has yet to announce its DLC strategy for Homefront. However, the publisher has given gamers an indication of what they can expect from Homefront's online mode. New copies of Homefront will come packed in with a single-use code to access the game's multiplayer component. Those who pick up the game secondhand--through rental or as a used purchase--must pony up $10 to access the game's full online component.

Due out on March 8, Homefront is a story-driven shooter that is set after a North Korean occupation of the continental United States. The single-player campaign drops players in the role of an American resistance fighter, who is struggling against the Korean People's Army in an attempt to regain control of the ruined nation. The multiplayer is set earlier, letting players engage in military scenarios from the invasion itself.

Manhattan-based Kaos Studios is handling development on the console iterations of the title, while Ontario-located Digital Extremes is in charge of the PC version. For more on the shooter, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Sgthombre
Sgthombre

@Flying_Ace The difference between Halo and Homefront is that Halo isn't trying to have a near future conflict involving modern politics and issues. The Covenent don't come to Earth because of rising gas prices. Homefront trys to say that its setting is a possibilty because it draws from modern events and events very likely to happen in the short term. Plus, I think Halo shows a little more restraint when it comes to its story. When the Covenent attacks, humanity fights back. When North Korea attacks, apparently Russia, China, Europe, Canada, and the UK do nothing and pretty much let the US burn. That's why Homefront is unrealistic.

Flying_Ace
Flying_Ace

@Sgthombre I can understand where you're coming from, but you do realize that games aren't necessarily made to be "realistic." What you said could be taken as having the same meaning as "I don't play Halo because it's in space and that isn't realistic!" See what I mean? Besides, don't just dismiss it without even playing it. If you do then you won't ever see any of the back story for the game.

AEGuy2003
AEGuy2003

I agree with Dynamo11. I get what you're saying Sgthombre, but don't you ever get tired of the same old story line? US has a problem with someone...US sends you (their best)...problem solved, US wins...The End. This game is meant to inspire the people playing it to resist oppression, and "fight" for beliefs. They want it to raise emotion, which IMO will make for an awesome campaign. Look at it for what it is......it's a game.......fantasy... Play it, don't play it, doesn't really matter, just don't hate on it cause it's not "Realistic".

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Excuse me for wanting a little bit of realism in Video Games...

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@Sgthombre Chill dude, it's a game not a study into the future of US occupation.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Hm, wonder if they'll have a realistic portrayal of the NKA. In other words, I wonder if all of the North Korean Soldiers will be 5' 4" and be suffering from malnutrition. What a croc this game is. Nothing has pissed me off more in the past decade when it comes to gaming. How can a nation of 24 Million invade a nation of 312 Million? IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE! Their economy is such a wreck that they over estimated flood damage by 90% a few years back to get more aid from the UN and their government resorts to Cocaine dealing in order to make ends meet. How can this nation attack the US and actually occupy it? And how could other nations (i.e. the EU, Russia, China, the UK) do nothing? In order for the NKA to be able to make a run at the US, they would have had to commit across the DMZ completely, and that would have started World War 3! You know what, screw this game. I'd rather play Black Ops or Medal of Honor. The plots of those games make a heck of a lot more sense than this garbage.

fate66usn
fate66usn

Am I the only one who missed the part of this blog that says there will be paid DLC on day 1 of the games release? If so, its probably something dumb like gold weapons, or pink camo

PizzaWizard13
PizzaWizard13

who agrees with me when i say they should lower the prices of games to help encourage us to buy more dlc?

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

You know this timed DLC crap wouldn't be anywhere near as annoying if it didn't cover the PC versions as well, I mean honestly, given the state of PC gaming these days is there really a worry that the PC version will outsell the 360/PS3 version if the DLC is allowed to appear at the same time?

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Day One DLCs are bs and should have been on the disc.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

dlc should b a damn afterthought.... pisses me off, Greed these days r so obvious they r practically spitting in our faces and steadily thinning our wallets

aGiantSquirrel
aGiantSquirrel

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steelmouth
steelmouth

timed-exclusivity is really really dumb, you get to pay for somthing that you could have got for free, STOP WASTING $ AND DEVELOP IN IP'S MS plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

campbell153
campbell153

When i see the first screens of this game i thought "lame".. but to be honest i think i might buy this one!

armoo
armoo

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Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Again with this time exclusive crap. Looks like I'm waiting for the GOTY edition again.

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

Can't say bad move on the multiplayer content thing. It allows developers to get money on rebuys's. On the DLC, that is a complete LOLfest but that is what gamers apparently want.. If you don't want this type of mess then stop buying DLC folks.. Sadly, that is not gonna happen.

emacdaddy08
emacdaddy08

Talking DLC already? Wow, "ok yeah lets develop a game, once it's finished we'll talk about which parts of the game we can strip and release later as 'add on' content!"......

filmboy85
filmboy85

Microsoft doesn't win (no one's going to buy a console just for some DLC), THQ doesn't win (although they're being paid by Microsoft they're going to abandon support for their game on two platforms, so when the DLC does get released a significant portion of the player base will have moved on and won't buy it), and gamers on 2/3 platforms for the game lose.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Get used to it.. Games are being launched with like 1 or 2 DLC packs now lol.. I'am surprised that New Vegas only has 1 dlc and that Black Ops hasn't released about 10 map packs yet.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Game hasn't even been released yet and these f*****s are already talking about DLC...

dman123_1
dman123_1

people need to understand that there are time periods for what goes on the game. Usually that can be months before the release date. A lot of games that we are waiting on this year are already done storyline and content wise, thus it isn't as surprising when a game is released that you will see downloadable content shortly after think of it as being the video game version of "deleted scenes". Now if that is a money grabbing scheme? Well depends on how you look at it, and what the content actually is.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Well you can all pat yourselves on the back for this because it is now the norm. What better way to milk the public but with dlc on day ONE that should've been in the game from day ONE..As long as their is suckers willing to pay this trend will continue.. :(

metalkid9
metalkid9

dear god, here comes more DLC exclusivity bs months before the game even releases. So many things wrong with that picture.

wawasjohn
wawasjohn

i like dlc. it makes games last longer. bbfc2 is a fine example of this

packers91
packers91

Damn you EA and your online code ideas!

KFrog
KFrog

Dam! Game isn't even out yet and they're talking DLC already? Just planning ahead I guess.

SociopathicBox
SociopathicBox

Im sick to death of hearing about publishers and developers planning DLC before release, its getting ridiculous.

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

When will MS learn, Timed-exclusives mean nothing. You think people are going to buy an Xbox 360 just so they don't have to wait a month for some DLC? (And before Xbox fanboys thumb down this comment, Xbox 360 is my favourite console.)

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

lol Kim Jing il is so going to buy this. at least they should make it Chinese occupation rather than NK, just more feasible . or make it much more funnier, and say Swiss occupation using their special cheese unit .

lamprey263
lamprey263

I was gonna buy it on the Xbox 360 anyways, even if the DLC timed exclusivity were reversed, because if I'm gonna play with my friends it'll most likely be on XBL, as for people that own an Xbox 360 and PS3 I think they should just get the game for the console in which they play with their online buddies more.

Feenx-sama
Feenx-sama

Sorry but I'm really gonna need to play a demo of this before decide on buy ingit... looks too similarly sketchy to others. Or atleast see some in depth pure gameplay of like 5-10 mins worth non edited. Sorry but that's just me... not willing to shell out another 60 bucks on a failure at release.

plague
plague

anyone play frontline? it was really well done but a little ahead of its time on consoles.( not a large xbl userbase)

plague
plague

@laplace985 360's discs are dvd9s. 8.7 gigs max

McStrongfast
McStrongfast

Why did they have to go and make me feel dirty for purchasing the 360 version? :( The online pass nonsense is at least better here than it was in UFC, where you couldn't access multiplayer at all without it.

Arab-man666
Arab-man666

@xpepox It's made to strengthen the fan base, not gain new 360 customers. And perhaps, it's also meant to encourage subscription to XBL. I mean, my personal opinion is that Sony's online is pretty good, but Xbox Live really worth the few bucks I pay every month.

xpepox
xpepox

Is anyone rushing out to buy a 360 because they get dlc a month sooner. i will stick with my ps3 and not have to pay to play online.

dancingsmurfs01
dancingsmurfs01

@XT-inc I dont think your going to miss out on much multiplayer wise im only getting the game fot SP

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

I have all consoles but MS could use that money for other things. I mean I already have to pay a $10 increase for my Live subscription for features that I don't even use. Guess its also helps pay the bill for "timed exclusive" access to DLC for games. Glad my money is hard at work MS.

XT-inc
XT-inc

Wow I wonder which asshat company will be the first to lock the game completely unless you buy it new and get the release code. Thanks DLC for allowing devs to find creative ways to make us hate them for more than only releasing generic titles every 3 years. Edit: I was going to rent this game, But since they are locking out mp for 10$ they can eat a bag of " insert whatever object you want here"

pillarrocks
pillarrocks

I am not even buying this game but I do agree its way to early to announce DLC exclusive to Xbox 360. I could of seen them doing this when the game launches but why have it timed exclusive to Xbox 360? It just ruins the experience for PS3 owners(I own both systems) as you have probably have to wait till next year for the DLC to became available on PSN or for a GOTY edition to be released.

mission76
mission76

First off, I hate DLC it is ruining video games in general. Secondly, only shortsighted poeple take joy out of these one ups that Sony and Microsoft are doing. Whichever one you get sooner or later the other system is going to have something you want but cannot have on a non exculsive release. Sony people should email the makers of this game and let them know that thier exculsive deal will be the reason they do not purchase the game. Microsoft people should do the same next time Sony gets the one up!

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

@isshiah Ahh.. is that not the way to survive in life? Geeeez

isshiah
isshiah

i have a 360 and this still annoys me. it seems they only care about making money.

SDMF_TrueBlue
SDMF_TrueBlue

@laplace985 I couldn't agree more. DLC like this is just an easy way for companies to make some extra money. I love DLC when it's done right (Fallout 3, Oblivion), but the money-milking is simply outrageous. I miss the old days where devs put everything they could into the game because they knew that once it was released, that was it, and they wanted to ensure consumers were happy so they would continue to support them.

laplace985
laplace985

For the first time; this should piss of owners and fan boys of both platforms. This is sick. A single layer blue ray disc can store up to 25gb of data on a single disc and a xbox 360 hd dvd single layer can store up to 16gb on a single disc. Both disc are dual layer capable which means they both can hold double the capacity;ps3 50gb, 360 36gb. What this means to us gamers? We are being exploited and used as soldiers in these console wars; while developers milk us all for all our hard earned money. All this pre release, dlc can fit on the disc themselves. I was buying this game but I'm not contributing to the greed of these huge corporations. I'm not one to advocate a boycott but if we don't, they will continue these practices and we will have no one to blame but ourselves. So go ahead flag me gamespot. You always do when I talk about how us gamers are being raped for our money.