Both companies are awfully pleased with the decision, with Danny Bilson, EVP of Core Games at THQ explaining:
Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry’s best talent.
Crytek is best known as the creator of the Far Cry franchise (since picked up by Ubisoft, and the newer, more sci-fi Crysis. At this year’s E3, the company revealed that it was working on a new, Kinect-enabled action game: Ryse.
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.
The original Homefront was released earlier this year to some controversy, but decent sales. Written by John Milius (co-author of Apocalypse Now, author/director of Red Dawn), the game apparently sold slightly better than expected – but that wasn’t enough to save developer Kaos Studios, which was closed down by THQ in June.
Crytek‘s outspoken founder, CEO and president, Cevat Yerli, is a little excited by the project:
We see Homefront as a really strong universe that has a lot of potential and that has been expertly created and marketed by THQ.
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 as-yet-unnamed sequel (we’re guessing Homefront 2, just to be original) is due out in fiscal year 2014 on “console and PC platforms”. The far-off future date and lack of specifics has lead to some speculation that this Homefront sequel will be among early titles on a new platform.
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