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THQ: Crytek Working On Next  Homefront
THQ: Crytek Working On Next Homefront
September 20, 2011 | By Mike Rose

September 20, 2011 | By Mike Rose
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Publisher THQ announced today that the next title in the Homefront first-person shooter series will be developed by Crysis developer Crytek.

The original Homefront was developed by Kaos Studios, and surpassed one million sales in its first week after launch, despite mixed reviews.

THQ then announced during the summer than it was fully closing Kaos Studios as part of a "strategic realignment," just months after the launch of Homefront. However, the publisher said that despite the closure, the series would still continue.

Now it has revealed that Crytek will be taking over the reins, and is looking to release the next in the series during fiscal 2014, which ends March 2014.

THQ's Danny Bilson said, "Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry’s best talent."

"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."

Crytek founder Cevat Yerli agreed, noting that there is "a lot of potential" in the Homefront franchise.

"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," he said.


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matthew diprinzio
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This was unexpected. What happened with Crysis 2 and the Crysis franchise? Was it not successful?

Fred Marcoux
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they have more than 1 studio. I am sure they are developing another Crysis somewhere.

Gil Salvado
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They have about 4+ studios and are currently developing around 2-3 titles already announced and that's what I find unexpected. Time to check their vacancies again ^^

Bret Dunham
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Hmm, Switching game engines after a reported successful release will be interesting to watch. They do have 2 1/2 years to do it though.

Joe kennedy
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Switching shouldn't be an issue cause the original team are no longer developing HomeFront.

What's interesting is that THQ investors are willing to take yet another chance at doing this. My guess is that credibility has a lot to do with this decision; this time around being that Crytek is making it.



THQ should've done this in the first place instead of gambling on a shaky team then, overspending in marketing to make those million copy sales.

Dan the gaming Guy
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THQ's long term business stradegy is to do what EA did 5 years before them, but not as well.



This sounds like an expensive project. EA and Activision have this market covered, suggest they carve out a new niche for them self.

John McMahon
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Graphics are not what defines a franchise or should. The art style should be the focus. Besides it isn't like when Crytek made Crysis they waited until the month prior to release to do the graphics.



You leave the graphics engine to be in a state that can be upgraded or extended as development continues if you want to improve it 2 years later. That shouldn't be a surprise.

William Collins
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Based on 1 million units sold graphics definitely didn't define this franchise (especially if you let the reviewers tell it). It's a somewhat fresh take on military FPSs (storywise). Adding a fresh coat of polish to this series will only increase its reach imo. I just hope each iteration is a different interpretation of America being invaded seeing as how dynamic the geopolitical landscape is. Maybe they could expand the scale of the game by including another country (an emerging market, perhaps?) to cast an even wider net.

Joe kennedy
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I agree Dan.

Just look at the millions of dollars being spent into BattleField to push its competitors to the edge. I doubt HomeFront will make that mark already dominated by these giants.

Its a bad decision in my opinion. Silly in a way, its already played out like a clone; poor one at that!

Nothing But Homeruns
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Past performance is an indicator of future performance. Do the math folks, seriously.

Steven An
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I enjoyed Crysis 2 quite a bit. Gooo Crytek!

Nothing But Homeruns
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Here's the analogy - take a promising athlete from the sport of your choice and then give them an ill fitting backpack full of rocks. Compare performance pre backpack full of rocks and post back pack full of rocks.

Joe kennedy
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Uuuuhhhhhhh,..........ok?!?

Nothing But Homeruns
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The backpack full of rocks is the publisher genius.


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