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Homefront PC patch to crackdown on cheaters

Match replays to provide evidence

THQ and Kaos Studios' recently-released FPS Homefront is set to receive its first PC patch later this week.

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According to the official Homefront website the patch will update the client to version 1.0.3 and introduce a 'Demo URL' feature, which will allow players to 'grab demos of games they starred in' and allow 'anti-cheat authorities to download evidence for cheat reporting'.

Here's the full list of upcoming changes:

Features

  • 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.

Customisation and 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.

THQ's announced that Homefront sales have already passed one million units.

[ SOURCE: Homefront ]

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