On the back of mixed review scores for their recently released COD-contender, Homefront, THQ’s stock-price slipped a mammoth 26% yesterday. Ratings have been like scattershot Korean missiles, with some outlets liking Homefront’s narrative-drive single-player campaign to Half-Life 2, with corresponding lofty scores at the higher end of the scale. Other publications/sites like EDGE and Destructoid, however, have stamped a disappointing 5/10 on the speculative fiction FPS.
Early reviews – which appeared under a cloud of confusion regarding when the Homefront review embargo actually ended – were more positive, resulting in a 7% rise in share-price on Monday. This ephemeral gain has now evaporated. As we reported recently, THQ’s Danny Bilson statement that the new IP must sell two million units before seeing a profit in conjunction with the game’s erratic reception may have contributed to what some are referring to as panic-selling on the stock-market.
It’s a blow to the publisher, with other titles such as uDraw and de Blob 2 (reviewed here) also failing to meet their respective sales targets.
TheSixthAxis’ review of Homefront will be live shortly.