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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:25am 01/02/11 | 1 Comments
THQ and Kaos Studios have been hinting and hinting at the extra weight behind the PC iteration of Homefront, which is not a simple port of the console model running at a higher resolution, but has been custom built, from the ground up, to cater for the PC user-base. Also knowing that Digital Extremes have been in on the project from Day One with Frank DeLise, creator of the Desert Combat Mod for BF1942, is a big help.

According to Homefront PC, a dedicated FAQ for its namesake, the game is definitely Steamworks bound, and you can even pre-order it right here. It's also fully NVidia 3D Vision Support enabled for true 3D gaming, and as expected, will support a Dedicated Server Executable.
We’ve been listening to what the PC audience is looking for and that file will be provided for use. We know it’s been disappearing from the FPS space and want to support the core PC gamer where we can. We need to test the dedicated server infrastructure at ship with the influx of traffic and bug reporting, so we plan to release this within two weeks of the PC title hitting shelves.
According to the FAQ, PC-specific additions to multiplayer will also include first-person in-cockpit views for all vehicles as well as tiered controls for helicopters, for the more hardcore aviators out there. These are:
  • Ace: Allows for the best manoeuvrability, but takes the most practice to master.
  • Veteran: Balanced difficulty and manoeuvrability.
  • Rookie: Pick-up-and-play level of difficulty, least manoeuvrable.
There's full joystick support for PC as well as "extra vehicle abilities for co-pilots". The game also offers full Clan Support as well as Squad Management and Squad-based VOIP. They also claim the PC version of multiplayer will have a more in-depth post-match stats system than the console versions. It will support 32-players online and LAN support is in there too.

Finally, on the PC specs front, here's how they think you should run their game:
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Shader Model 3.0 graphics card with 256MB of memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7900GS or ATI Radeon 1900XT
  • 10GB of free hard drive space

  • Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Intel or AMD Quad Core 2 GHz+ CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 260 or ATI Radeon 4850
  • 10 GB of free hard drive space

    NVIDIA 3D Vision Recommended
  • 3D Compatible NVIDIA GeForce 480/570 Series GPU
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit
  • 3D Vision-Ready Display
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • 10GB of free hard drive space
And so there you have it. There's more information via the FAQ link above, but all of that essentially covers much of the PC side of things, and it really is great to see a company finally looking at PC as a forethought and not an afterthought.

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