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Crytek picks up Homefront for sequel

by Steven Williamson on 20 September 2011, 16:11

Tags: THQ (NASDAQ:THQI), FPS

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Video game publisher, THQ has confirmed that a sequel to the first-person shooter, Homefront, is scheduled for release in 2014.

What's more interesting is that Crysis developer, Crytek will be taking over the reigns on development after Homefront creator, KAOS Studios shut its doors in the summer.

"Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent," said Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games, THQ. "Homefront's unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over. With Crytek's industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we're supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand."

"We see Homefront as a really strong universe that has a lot of potential and that has been expertly created and marketed by THQ," said Cevat Yerli, Founder, CEO and President of Crytek. "We believe that bringing our level of quality, creativity and production values to the next Homefront title creates an opportunity for both THQ and Crytek to deliver a truly blockbuster game. It's really important to us that THQ has the faith in giving us a lot of creative freedom over one of its most important properties to allow us to bring the Homefront world to life in a new and innovative way."

The first Homefront title was released in March 2011, and proved to be a commercial success for THQ. The yet-to-be-named sequel is scheduled for release in THQ's fiscal year 2014 on console and PC platforms.


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I love Homefront. Yeah it got average reviews but in all honesty it has been one of the most enjoyable FPS that I have played this year (Alongside MoH 2010). Granted I dont normally play this genre except for things like FEAR and Half Life, not overly bothered with CoD etc

It was just enjoyable to pick up and play. I also like the multiplayer on it, which for me never really happens. Few hours and thats me done with the MP side of things usually. Homefront though I still play MP on it. I have noticed there are less kids on it and working together as a team usually happens quite well.

Single player campaign was short which was a shame as the setting is REALLY good.

Crytek taking this one over can only be a good thing long term, should get a decent campaign with good length and decent MP side of things. Just hope they dont go creating a new engine that no one can run until years later!
I am guessing that Timesplitters 4 is going to bite the dust then … ffs.:angst:
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I love Homefront. Yeah it got average reviews but in all honesty it has been one of the most enjoyable FPS that I have played this year (Alongside MoH 2010). Granted I dont normally play this genre except for things like FEAR and Half Life, not overly bothered with CoD etc
Single player campaign was short which was a shame as the setting is REALLY good.

Crytek taking this one over can only be a good thing long term, should get a decent campaign with good length and decent MP side of things. Just hope they dont go creating a new engine that no one can run until years later!
Agree with that 100% - it pained me that folks seemed to dismiss it as “CoD-lite”, and I'll admit to replaying the Homefront SP a lot more than CoD:BO, (I also totally agree that MoH:Tier1 was actually quite good too). There were some really good set pieces in there, and while I wouldn't have given in 10/10, (SP campaign too short), I certainly would have been more generous than the 7/10 I saw in one place. I really liked the bridge takeover mission - although “Ride of the Valkyries” would have been nice to have as you were going in on the chopper. ;)

Like you also say, here's hoping for a long SP campaign, preferably one with no zombies. I'm slightly worried in that I'm sure I heard Crytek don't actually like console development and stuff they've been involved with has been a bit “ho hum”.

Oh, and did I mention … no zombies!. :redcard:
It's Crytek, it'll be fine (until the rock hard alien's/mutant's/Trigon's/whatever turn up in chapter 3…. :P)
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Crytek taking this one over can only be a good thing long term, should get a decent campaign with good length and decent MP side of things. Just hope they dont go creating a new engine that no one can run until years later!

Well the article says they're developing it for PC and console. It's hardly going to tax a modern PC if that's the case. Unless someone pulls their finger out and releases a console with significantly more grunt that is.