Crytek are working with THQ for Homefront 2
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THQ are bringing in a new team to improve their fortunes...
When THQ released Homefront earlier this year, its reception was lukewarm at best. Gamers enjoyed the game's large and expansive settings, and Homefront had a good sense of theatre that made it pretty entertaining, but it was ultimately let down by its poor controls, sub-par graphics and incredibly irritating NPCs.
Despite widely critical reviews, Homefront still went on to sell over 2.4 million copies to date, a million of those were in its launch week. This apparent success is due mostly to the relentless marketing that THQ put behind the game: the majority of the United States had Homefront banners and billboards plastered across it. There were some that loved Homefront, the game's multiplayer mode was pretty good, and there are still reasonable numbers of players battling it out online.
But, despite the game selling reasonably well, THQ shut down Kaos Studios, Homefront's original developers, soon after the game was released, pretty much killing all hope of a sequel. Now though, THQ's director Danny Bilson has confirmed that Homefront 2 is coming, and that it is now being developed by Crytek, the company behind Far Cry and the PC-crushing Crysis series.
The details past that are rather limited, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has said that THQ has given them a lot of 'creative freedom' with the game, allowing them to take it in the directions that they want. Hopefully this means we are in store for a more creative and involving game than its predecessor.
The proposed release date for the game is pretty vague indeed at this early stage, stated as just being in the fiscal year of 2014, this means it could be anywhere from April 2013 to March 2014. Don't hold your breath.
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