Homefront (PC) – Patch 1.0.3 will improve multiplayer gameplay


Homefront despite all its criticism has managed to capture a large multiplayer community. THQ have announced that the PC version of Homefront will be receiving a patch later this week. This will update the client to v 1.0.3 and render following features to the game:

NEW FEATURE – DEMO URL
A DemoURL can now be specified in the server playlist, this is used to indicate the location of stored demo files to user’s in-game (see the multiplayer options screen). A good practice for server admins would be to share the demo folder via FTP, this would allow users to grab demos of games they starred in, and also (very importantly!) allow users and anti-cheat authorities to download evidence for cheat reporting. Incidentally, it is now possible to dump all users unique steamID’s from both in-game, and in-demos to the console or text file (this will make reporting abusive players and enforcing bans incredibly easy).

Improved Squad Based Gameplay

  • Players will now re-spawn at a point nearest to the closest member of their squad.
  • Squad mates will now be colored blue on the mini-map and full-screen maps.

GAME BALANCE

  • RPG’s now deal additional damage to HMMWV’s
  • Lowered m200 and m110 sniper rifle damages. The only 1 shot possible is now headshots.
  • Flak jacket now has a lower BP cost, and a slight effectiveness buff.
  • Diablo damage adjusted
  • Weapon is taken out of ADS and accuracy decreases when jumping.

OPTIMIZATIONS & FIXES

  • The Rhino drones weapon attachment was not being properly moved with the Rhino drone on dedicated servers, causing the rockets to fire incorrectly. This is now fixed.
  • We have added some animation optimizations for large player games.
  • Several UI related improvements were added for large player games .
  • Fixed scaling text zooming on Battle Commander when opening up the battle chat or squad UI.
  • Switched the buttons around on the load out rename confirmation dialog to better abide by conventions.
  • Improved SLI/CrossFireX support.
  • A few reported issues with WinXP 64 bit edition have been addressed.
  • Improved menu navigation with analogue controls.

General Improvements

  • User feedback for kicks and bans has been improved.
  • The intermission lobby now displays clan tags.
  • Text chat is now possible in the kill cam, spawn selection, and intermission lobby screens.

New Settings & Control Options

  • EnableD3D10/11 is now accessible via the system settings menu.
  • Mouse acceleration is now accessible via the controls menu.
  • Mouse smoothing is now accessible via the controls menu.

Source

Now the recording feature will be useful in catching hackers. Mouse acceleration and Mouse smoothing settings in the controls menu will make things easier. Weapon balancing will ensure a more competitive gameplay. More patches or modes can be expected after this patch is released. Unfortunately, console owners might have to wait a little longer before they get any updates or patches to fix the issues.

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