In a recent interview with PC Gamer, Homefront singleplayer lead Zach Wilson stated:
“Half-Life and Half-Life 2 are definitely the two big influences on the work that we’ve done. A lot of first-person shooters don’t just let you walk through the world and appreciate the world. That’s something that Half-Life 2 does really well.”
And in an interview with CVG, Kaos Studios head Dave Votypka said:
“Half-Life 2 was one of our inspirations for the game, especially when it comes to telling an engaging story and having a deeper world than most shooters.”
More similarities with HL2 can be found in the theme of the game, as you will frequently see Korean soldiers mistreating helpless citizens, and other disturbing signs of the occupation.
In addition, in the same CVG interview, it is mentioned that:
“We want to take the America you know and show it twisted by the Korean occupation.”
Doesn’t that remind you of anything? “The familiar becomes twisted”? Another theme frequently used in the Half-Life games?
VG247 also did an interview about this a while back. Also remember to check out CVG’s older article. Overall, it’s great to see Kaos taking inspiration from the big guys, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for Homefront.