Tuesday, 20 September 2011

THQ and Crytek Partner on Homefront 2 in a Surprising Deal

Strong OnLive supporter THQ has delivered a shocking announcement, that they have signed up with Crytek on working on Homefront 2, though the title of the game is not yet official. The game is in development for PC and consoles.
It's being handled by Crytek's Nottingham-based UK studio, Crytek UK. Before Crytek bought the studio, it was called Free Radical Design and was famous for its TimeSplitters games. The studio is now called Crytek UK and just recently rumors began to surface that they were working on TimeSplitters 4, for which many gamers are hoping. It looks like gamers who are eager to play a new TimeSplitters game will have to wait. Crytek UK most recently worked on Crysis 2's multiplayer component. Homefront 2 will benefit from the very latest CryEngine technology. The fact that the game is being handled by Crytek, the makers of Crysis and Crysis 2, should ensure top graphics and a way longer game than the teeny tiny first Homefront, which was developed by the now shuttered Kaos Studios.

The game's currently scheduled for release in THQ's financial year ending March 31, 2014.

"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 game released in March 2011. It received middling reviews but "proved to be a commercial success for THQ", the publisher said today.

Seeing as how the first Homefront game was a big success for THQ on OnLive, the sequel, whether it is called Homefront 2 or something else, will most likely end up on the OnLive game service.

If we look at the fact that Crytek has experience developing games with North Koreans, THQ choosing Crytek for Homefront 2 suddenly isn't that surprising anymore. And Crytek should have a lot of North Korean soldier models stored on their computers, that's what I call being economic.

Perhaps this deal is a sign, that Crytek will distance themselves from the dark side of EA and Gaikai, and join the light side of the force occupied by THQ and OnLive, and off course will bring along games made with the awesome CryEngine technology to OnLive.


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