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Crytek CEO: THQ trouble "unsettling"

And why Homefront 2 partnership is vital for both studios

A new interview with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has tackled the tricky topic of Crytek's relationship with THQ, forged when Crytek took over development of the Homefront sequel. In it Yerli recognised that the game could be critical to the future health of the publisher.

"Obviously, it's an unsettling experience at times when you read this news [about trouble at THQ]," he told RockPaperShotgun

"I mean, we've constantly had a great relationship and communication with THQ's top management. What's more unsettling isn't when we read the news - because we kind of already know these things before the public - but when some of the team members don't know the details, and they get concerned. And then the fanbase gets that way as well. When the fanbase of Homefront or Crytek gets worried, we need to fix that."

"What's unsettling isn't when we read the news, but when some of the team members don't know the details, and they get concerned"

Earlier this year Yerli claimed the studio was working on Homefront in an "isolated" way, and that THQ's financial dramas would have little impact on the game. 6 months on he seemed less certain.

"We'll see how it turns out. We know how our relationship is, but we don't know what's happening to fix THQ's financial problems," he continued to RPS.

"That's THQ's prerogative. But we have hopes that THQ is going to turn around, and Homefront 2 is a very big part of that turnaround. I would say it's probably the most important project, actually. I would say it's the IP that's most relevant along with Saints Row. Those two are pretty much THQ's flagship."

Homefront 2 isn't expected until FY 2014.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 4 years ago
Saints Row the Third, probably one of my favorite games of all time. I bought the original, played through it and actually bought some DLC. Then the full pack arrived. I bought that too cause it had every piece of DLC. But I saw that the save files were not compatible with the old game. So I played the game all over again. Honestly I feel like playing it again from the beginning... I just love the game so much I cant stop playing. I love it just as much as Metal gear, Mass Effect, Zelda, Megaman and Mario games. Its up there with my favorite games of all time. And putting it as high as metal gear or zelda says alot. I absolutly love this game. Just started playing part 2. Im really hoping for Saints Row 4.
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Hugo Trepanier Game Designer, Behaviour Interactive4 years ago
@Rick, so just to be clear, did you enjoy Saints Row?
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Zidaya Zenovka Blogger, Writer, freelance artist. 4 years ago
Saints Row TT had some fun elements but it was all over the place, story and gameplay wise. The DLC was a nickle-and-dime fiasco and it was in no way as good overall as its predecessor. It was a little bit of really good fun wrapped up in a crap package. THQ really dropped the ball and caused Volition to make some really dumb choices. I liked Saints Row TT but it could have been a hell of a lot better.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
I still think Volition should have done a Summoner 3 (yeah, yeah, it wouldn't have sold as well, but who knows?), as the second game had some good ideas that would have been worth exploring in a bigger game.
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