How do you make the sequel to a bog-standard military FPS not suck? Hand development over to a company that has a knack for making decent shooter experiences. This is exactly what THQ has done, handing the development of Homefront 2 over to Crytek, the developers behind Far Cry and Crysis.
THQ’s Danny Bilson had this to say on the deal: “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 initial Homefront game launched this year and while it was deemed a commercial success, it was met with very mixed reviews. Still, in a genre that seems dominated by sequels, it’s refreshing to see a publisher willing to thrust a new IP into a highly saturated market. Now that arguably one of the best FPS development teams is at the helm for the sequel, we might just be in for a treat when the game comes out in 2014.
CEO and founder of Crytek, Cevat Yerli, is equally optimistic about the deal with publisher THQ: “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.”