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An end to camping?

Anyone who’s spent any time playing the online multiplayer in the Call of Duty series will know just how annoying it is for new or fair-minded players to deal with the campers and snipers, who always seem to find an impenetrable nook or cranny to pick off as many players as they fancy. It came very close to ruining Modern Warfare 2.

Such players might be interested in Homefront, an FPS that claims to have ended camping as a tactic, by developing the gameplay and the level design in such a way as to make it redundant as a tactic. Best of all, it's out on Tuesday. That sounds good, doesn’t it?

‘Interestingly in Homefront, camping is actually pretty difficult to do, because we have so many different tools to kill you,’ multiplayer level designer Erin Daly said to CVG. ‘What we've found is that if there's a sniper who's doing pretty well, players will get annoyed by him and want to take him out. So they'll be able to spend their own Battle Points on, say, a recon drone and mark him or an assault drone to fly over there and try and kill him with. They can even buy an airstrike and specifically target him, because you can guide a missile down right into his position.

‘So internally we've found it's actually pretty challenging to just camp and stay camping for a long time. In addition, with the Battle Commander system, you're marked within a region on a map. So even if players don't know your exact location, they're going to be heading towards that region. If you have enough players coming in, eventually they're going to find you. Camping isn't really going to be a successful strategy.’

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