Earlier this month, THQ launched Homefront to a middling critical reception. While the game performed well on its opening day, selling nearly 400,000 units according to company executives, THQ's stock fell on the back of its poor review scores.
While the failure of THQ's new IP is certainly bad news for the company, Homefront's lackluster reception may act as a warning sign for other publishers as well. According to video game analyst Michael Pachter, the game's performance may encourage other publishers to invest more money in their established franchises, rather than experimenting with new properties.
"I think the risk taken with Homefront was smart, even though it didn't work," Pachter tweeted earlier this week. "Sad that it is likely to scare off development of future new IP."
While PS3Center wasn't wowed by Homefront, we thought it was okay, with Dustin awarding the game a 7/10. Whether or not the game will earn back its massive $50-million budget is something that won't be obvious for months to come.