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Homefront PC Features Revealed, Shows LAN

Over the weekend, THQ, Kaos Studios and Digital Extremes released an update with details regarding the PC version of Homefront, the upcoming Unreal Engine 3-powered FPS for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC and OnLive. Digital Extremes is handling the PC version.

According to the report, Homefront for the PC will come packed with Valve's Steamworks even though brick-and-mortar retailers aren't keen on games with the embedded digital distribution platform. The PC version will also offer 3D visuals thanks to full Nvidia 3D Vision support as seen during CES 2011.

"From a gameplay standpoint, we’ve done some additional work on the vehicles," the update reads. "On PC, you’ll be able to control all vehicles from the 1st person cockpit viewpoint as well as 3rd person. We also added additional control options for helicopters, to give those players looking for more sim-like controls (Ace, Veteran and Rookie)-- something to get their teeth around."

There will also be a Practice Mode so that players can get the hang of vehicle controls before jumping into live matches. "No need in wasting your hard earned Battle Points!" the update added. "Lastly, we added some extra vehicle abilities for co-pilots, such as a Recon function to the Scout heli, and we obviously support joystick control for all vehicles."

Homefront for the PC will also feature a squad management system with squad-based VOIP, clan support, stat tracking, multiplayer match recording, a dedicated server browser executable for setting up servers just after the game's launch, SLI/CrossFire compatibility, and support for LAN. Unfortunately, a toolset will not be included at launch.

As for a demo, the possibility is still up in the air for now. "Right now the teams at Kaos Studios & Digital Extremes are working hard on finishing the game at the highest level of quality possible," the update reads. "Of course we’d love to release a public Demo, but this would detract efforts from the main game. Rest assured, we have conducted a lengthy private Beta on the PC to help us fine tune the game, so any Demo would be for promotional purposes only."

Here are the minimum and recommended specs along with the requirements for playing in 3D:

Minimum Spec

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 2.8 GHz
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Shader Model 3.0 graphics card with 256 MB of memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7900GS or ATI Radeon 1900XT
  • 10 GB of free hard drive space

Recommended Spec

  • 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 Spec

  • 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
  • 10 GB of free hard drive space