Ever since Halo: Combat Evolved opened with the descent of the Pillar of Autumn toward the alien ring world known as Halo, the vehicles and spacecraft of Halo have featured heavily in the plot, setting and cinematic of Bungie's masterpiece series. While the games had followed the UNSCDF's fight from a ground-side perspective, there was always the back drop of war with the Covenant waged on two fronts; while the troops of both factions clashed on the ground, their monumental warships fought for supremacy in orbit. Kilometer long vessels battled their counterparts in titanic, decisive conflicts that often decided the fate of the planet below them.

We bring you the chance to experience Halo from space, in orbit and among the stars. In Homefront, you can command warships that stretch for kilometers and field dozens of weapons. Build nimble frigates which dip and weave in combat against their counterparts and strafe larger ships. Construct heavily specialized carriers able to dispatch dozens of fighters or drones, or explore more atypical, exotic weapons.

  • Play as either the slow, steady and economically minded UNSC, or the heavily armed and aggressive Covenant. Both sides will be asymmetric to each other, providing a varied experience.
  • Play on maps featuring key Halo locations and backdrops - Earth, Sanghelios, Reach and even the Halo rings themselves.
  • New UI features, new music, new voices and new ships - We intend to replace as much as we can from the vanilla Homeworld 2 experience to bring you a total conversion worthy of the Halo universe.
  • A tailored, well rounded game - Our vision isn't simply to bring Halo to Homeworld 2, but to make a game that is fun, balanced and within reason. The mod is based sometime before the fall of Reach, so will not include any new UNSC tech post Halo 3. Furthermore, there will be no playable flood or Forerunner faction.
  • Revival of multiplayer and competitive gameplay - While we do provide an excellent AI in skirmish, our goal is for Homefront to be played against other individuals. To this end, we will be supporting an online player community as much as we possibly can. This also means that we do not currently plan on a campaign, but will not rule one out in the future.
  • Ship designs and unit choices that are more dictated by gameplay than simply following canon for the sake of canon. HHF is Halo based, but if we feel like we can improve on something, we will try our best to do so in a manner that stays as close to established lore as possible.

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23 comments by 880Zero on Oct 31st, 2012

Excuse me if this update is more lackluster than other HHF updates as this is my first, and all my updates posted to HHF have been sad or depressing thus far. :(

That being said, I hope everyone is having/has had a wonderful Halloween. Or, if you're not celebrating (probably because you're too cool to suit up or not cool enough or whatever cool factor you are), I wish you a good day. Two things first, I picked Halloween because it gives me an excuse to go out partying on the night of, and so I could actually enjoy Forza Horizon (great racing game btw) before Halo 4 comes out. I'm a busy man you know, and spending about 16+ hours on textures is very taxing, especially on a mechanical engineering major. But I did it!

I want to apologize before we dive deeper, as I didn't have enough time to redo the Hermes, Orthrus, Scaffold and Gantry. Furthermore, the ships I did do major overhauls on (Anchor 12, Corvetteyard, Gyges) are not 100% complete in texture detail, and it will be somewhat obvious compared to other ships. Speaking of completed texture detail, remember those pictures of the Longswords where I said I was only going to do those for now? I lied. I know what you're thinking, "But Zero, lying is wrong! It can get you in to trouble!" I'll take my chances.

Defense fleet over Reach

In case you missed it a while ago, we've also incorporated Star Trek: Continuum's explosion effects. They're really great and really cinematic.

New explosion FX

That's not the only part of this update that's new, either! Last week, we had shown off our new UI for the mod. That was pretty tricky to get right, as it's more than just a simple re-skin of the traskbar, but we're happy with the way it turned out.

New UI

Don't worry, those old blue holographic icons have been replaced with white ones to fit the new UI theme better.

Now for some technical stuff. HW2 is an old engine after all, and just like old people, massive amounts of calculations and work tend to wear them both out. In the past, our weapons fired more realistically in terms of rate of fire and such. However, in an attempt to get the game to run a whole lot smoother, fire times have been drastically reduced to fit more with vanilla fire speeds. Not to worry though! Damage has been increased to compensate for lack of bullets. Larger guns will remain mostly the same, the smaller, more faster firing ones such as the frigate guns or the AA turrets have been reduced. Missiles also have their own missile mesh, so if you can catch one speeding down range towards its target, I would high suggest checking those out. You'll also be pleased to hear that all stock sounds have been replaced by the very talented Cas943. You can give him your thanks when you hear the boom of a Marathon's double MAC salvo, or the firing of the small frigate guns bearing down on an unlucky target.

Sadly, no Covenant this release, though we are testing them in private. So far we only have the one ship, and one ship doesn't make a very good fleet. If you ask about the Covenant, the force of a thousand suns will fall upon you. There is also no ODB as of yet, either. What's in the mod is what we have, and without a whole lot of content coming through the door, this is probably going to be it. If it is, not to worry as I plan on finishing up those ships listed above so everything looks the same in the mod: awesome.

Again, I hope you guys enjoy the new release. Have fun blowing stuff up, and have a great Halloween.

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HHF v1.09B

HHF v1.09B

Dec 26, 2012 Patch 85 comments

This is version B of the 1.09 release. It includes final polishing fixes to the AI, as well as fixing team color errors in the last release.

HHF v1.09A

HHF v1.09A

Nov 30, 2012 Patch 62 comments

Version 1.09A fixes AI problems, re-implements the vanilla races and maps, streamlines research, re-balances weapons, and adds more resources to the maps...

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Erayser Apr 12 2014, 6:46pm says:

Just wanted to say guys that I finally played Halo Homefront. Truth is, I'm not a real fan of Halo. I only played the first game which was really great...
But, I decided weeks ago to play it. I know that it was a great mod with a stunning content. I was just reticent to play it. And now I'm not even disappointed. I love your development vision. You're developing your mod in a particular way. You don't want to create something similar to mostly every mod. In fact, you're not trying to adapt your mod to Homeworld2, you're trying to adapt Homeworld2 to your mod which is really great and I believe that Homeworld2 deserves mods like yours.

Star Trek : Continuum did it as well, like we did for our respective mods at Phoenix. This is what truly matters. Of course, I would recommend HHF to my friends, those who love Halo.
I submitted a 10/10 review. Consider it as my personal encouragement :p
We both know that we share a bad history together with our respective groups but that old stuff is over now, we did stupid things. I believe that a united Homeworld2 community is better than a divided one and I'm sure having good relations between us is something really important for our fans. Anyway, you earned a watcher ;) Keep up the good work guys.

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spartan-G257 21hours 51mins ago replied:

I have to agree with you on that one through and through.

As for what happened it was a mix up and it was a very long time ago.

I was wondering if it would be possible at some point when we have the covenant up and running to combine the mass effect mod you guys have and the halo mod. Because it would be great to see an actual battle between them.

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mrripley9 13hours 2mins ago replied:

UNSC would kick the Alliance's but all day long!

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McChaffe 21hours 41mins ago replied:

Sorry Spartan, but no.

Thanks for the review Erayser, hopefully future content lives up to your expectations!

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HK52 Apr 12 2014, 5:41am says:

Hope that the next up-date is going well.

Keep up the good work

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mrripley9 Apr 9 2014, 5:13pm says:

I love you people. You've made some of my nerd dreams come true. :P Hahaha.

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mrripley9 Apr 6 2014, 5:24pm says:

I'm getting pretty stoked about the mod. I can't wait for the next update. I really hope things are going well. I can't wait to crush the UNSC and the vanilla races with the Covenant. I also can't wait to actually have a worthy opponent.

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spartan-G257 Apr 8 2014, 7:38am replied:

Trust me when I say things are spiffingly good right now

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mrripley9 Apr 8 2014, 9:58am replied:

Awesome! I'm glad to hear it!

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Petroph Apr 5 2014, 5:36pm says:

Really want some covenant dangit :(

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Highest Rated (23 agree) 10/10

1.09 Release: As I said before, the HHF have done a superb job with the Ships, they are highly detailed (The Blast Windshield, the Marathon Hangar Animation, etc) and beautifuly textured (Seriously check the frigate textures are Awesome). New ships where included, the new model of the Prowler (Reminiscence of the Normandy from Mass Effect), the Marathon class cruiser, the Thanatos Destroyer, et al. Gameplay wise, it´s still a beta, however, playing with the UNSC has been so far smooth, and not buggy…

Jan 31 2011, 10:51pm by Kylialiel

Lowest Rated (8 agree) 4/10

This mod is not so bad, but one modder of this mod insult other modders of Homeworld2.

Apr 13 2013, 10:45am by xotor62

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