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Crytek teams with THQ for new Homefront title

Tue 20 Sep 2011 12:25pm GMT / 8:25am EDT / 5:25am PDT
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Crysis developer takes on publisher franchise

THQ has drafted in Crysis developer Crytek to make the next Homefront title.

The Homefront was released last year to underwhelming reviews, although the game performed well at retail. The success didn't rub off on original developer Kaos Studios - THQ shut that team down after release and said it creative management of the franchise would be handled in Montreal.

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

"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."

The game is due in THQ's 2014 fiscal year.

17 Comments

Simon Dotschuweit MD SE / CTO, Dorado Games

26 2 0.1
looking forward to it :)

Posted:3 years ago

#1

John Donnelly Quality Assurance

313 38 0.1
Its a shame the Kaos team did not get a chance to take the franchise to the next level.
I though the game was good, well done and nicely setup though it was a little short for the single player.
It has some shortcomings like most games but honestly it was a solid title and they deserved the chance to keep working at it

Posted:3 years ago

#2

James Prendergast Research Chemist

735 432 0.6
I haven't played either but considering the general clamour around Crysis 2's singleplayer and the general disappointment around Homefront's singleplayer.... If they can marry the franchise to the quality of game Crytek can produce (along with the tech) then i think they will have a very strong game - obviously, sales might be impacted by people unhappy with their previous purchase.... which might complicate matters.

Posted:3 years ago

#3

Cobey Jones Studying Game development, University of Advancing Technology

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Kaos Studios was based in New York. All that NY rent and all those NY salaries played a role in THQ's decision I'm sure. Crytek is a talented developer, but I hope this doesn't come at the expense of the future of the Crysis IP.

Posted:3 years ago

#4

Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

1,254 421 0.3
I would guess Crysis 3 is safe, what I worry about more is this may be at the expense of Crytek UK getting a crack at Timesplitters 4.

Posted:3 years ago

#5
Excited to see the results of this partnership. Btw, how big is Crytek? They are working in a lot of franchises at the same time. Some for Microsoft, THQ and EA. Isnt this too much?

Posted:3 years ago

#6

Rob Jessop R&D Programmer, Crytek

37 35 0.9
How big is Crytek? Staff counts are listed on the studio pages on our website. The current tally is 629.

Posted:3 years ago

#7

Zidaya Zenovka Blogger, Writer

41 8 0.2
Point taken, everyone. Sorry if I failed to look at things from every angle. I guess it's the fact that I was actually rather impressed with what Kaos had accomplished with Homefront and thought they deserved another chance, that's all.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Zidaya Zenovka on 20th September 2011 9:54pm

Posted:3 years ago

#8

John Donnelly Quality Assurance

313 38 0.1
What about the Crytek engine Zidders?
Crytek is more than a FPS developer.

Posted:3 years ago

#9

Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

1,254 421 0.3
Also it is not a team of 600 people, it is several teams of 100 or so people I guess, as evidensed by the fact that they are working on multiple games and an engine at once. As for Crysis being humdrum, you are entitled to that opinion, but they don't need to make you as an individual happy, as they made a lot others happy with it. It's like people knocking MW. I personally don't like CoD but I figure it's not made for me so it doesn't matter. Loved crysis 2 though.

Posted:3 years ago

#10

Zach Wilson Level Designer, Visceral Games

1 0 0.0
I am having a great deal of trouble processing this information

Posted:3 years ago

#11

Guzmán Díaz

11 0 0.0
Homefront looked to me like that one-of-a-kind game that you should never sequel. Then again, The Avengers looked like a really good game and they canned it. I wonder what's up on THQ suit's minds.

Posted:3 years ago

#12

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,194 1,169 0.5
Homefront was/is a decent game overall, but the focus SHOULD have been more on the single player campaign, characters and story, as there were a few memorable moments that would have been even better had more time been spent fleshing things out.

I hope Crytek can use some of the Kaos team that worked on the original and whip up something deeper and a lot more interesting along the lines of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Metro 2033 games as opposed to another great looking but brain-dead action FPS...

We shall see, I guess...

Posted:3 years ago

#13
Although zombie brains seem to be the flavour of the charts atm. Yummm brains

Posted:3 years ago

#14

Michael Vandendriessche Studying Computer Science, K.U. Leuven

85 12 0.1
THQ and Crytek seem to be growing a lot past year(s).
i was positively surprised by Homefront. The setting was nice and it felt like more than just a cod clone.
THQ is appearing a lot more on my radar than in the past.
Good luck at the Crytek team.

Posted:3 years ago

#15

Harrison Smith Studying Games and Graphics Programming, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

75 4 0.1
Hopefully THQ in the contact meeting didn't throw down a copy of modern warfare 2 followed up be "Copy that!"

Anyways, sad that Kaos couldn't take the game further.

Posted:3 years ago

#16

Ahmad Salman

13 0 0.0
Both titles sucked ass.

Posted:3 years ago

#17

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