"absolutely" want a slice of the war going on between Activision and EA for the FPS throne with Homefront.
They're up against "insane numbers for fantastic games" on either side, and with Homefront they "want to be in the conversation" at least. THQ "more nimble".
"When we started Homefront, I said 'guys, if you want to build a first person shooter that deals with modern combat you're competing with Call of Duty.' The mission is - we just want to be in the conversation," said Danny Bilson.
"With Battlefield, with Call of Duty, with Medal of Honor. And I like to think we're in the conversation." Strong US pre-orders of 200k certainly attest to that.
"Can we beat them? Those are insane numbers for fantastic games, over many years. This is a franchise launch but so far so good. I think we have a really good game. And I think in particular in the multiplayer battlefield is as much fun as anybody's."
The pre-order stats are record breaking for THQ. "That's as of now, and we're looking to do better to do than that. That's just GameStop in North America. That's not Europe. Europe pre-orders are different per country depending on the program they have."
"They're not Call of Duty numbers," he admits. "But we're also a more nimble company, so a moderate hit will mean a lot to us. And a blockbuster hit would be ridiculously huge for us. All we can do is make the best game we can, sell it as well as we can and hope for the best." Homefront releases on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC March 18th.