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'Apocalypse Now' And 'Red Dawn' Scribe John Milius Writing THQ's 'Homefront'

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Posted May 27, 2009 - By Jake Gaskill

'Apocalypse Now' And 'Red Dawn' Scribe John Milius Writing THQ's 'Homefront'

There’s a fairly good chance that videogame versions of Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn and Farewell to the King will remain firmly in the “highly unlikely” column for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, famed screenwriter John Milius, whose previous gaming credit includes Medal of Honor: European Assault, has joined Frontlines: Fuel of War developer Kaos Studios to write their next FPS, Homefront, which will be published by THQ, and is scheduled to be released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

As Gamasutra reports, the game has a not-so-subtle Red Dawn-ish tinge to it, as it follows the “American Civilian Resistance” as they take on an “oppressive North Korean occupation” in the decade following the economic collapse of the United States. Add those similarities to the fact that there’s a Red Dawn remake in pre-production at the moment, and you're looking at a potentially damaging assault on Homefront's originality…front. However, Kaos Studios design director David Votypka's pitch for the game has me seriously intrigued:

"Homefront isn't about going to war on the other side of the world or battling aliens from another planet; it's about fighting foreign invaders in your own backyard and defending your right to live… Homefront combines the unsettling notion of an occupied America with interactive, player-driven narratives to create a deeply engaging single and multiplayer experience." 
 
Honestly, even if it does sound like a Red Dawn-clone, that’s still sounds like something I want to check out. Fortunately, THQ is planning to show the game at E3 next week, so be sure to tune into G4’s E3 '09 coverage for our impressions.

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