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Homefront 2 release may slip after THQ sale, Crytek revealing details “soon”

Monday, 28 January 2013 15:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Homefront 2 developer Crytek has discussed the nature of the IP’s purchase from THQ with VG247. General manager, games Nick Button-Brown has discussed the impact of Homefront 2′s sale and Crytek’s working relationship with the former license holder.

Originally pegged for a 2015 release, Homefront 2′s launch window may slip due to the THQ sale, but Button-Brown assured us that the game’s development will not be affected in any other way.

“Crytek’s focus is fairly similar to THQ’s -namely to make the best game possible,” he explained, “so this will not have too much impact on the development itself. However, we might change the release date that we haven’t announced, and move this to another release date we won’t announce yet either.”

On how it felt to be the new owners of the Homefront IP, Button-Brown added, “The main reason we wanted to purchase the IP was because the game is coming along so well. The team in Crytek UK has put their heart and soul into the game, and the progress is great – [our] last milestone was excellent.

“The worst case scenario for us was that this situation meant that all that work just ended up being thrown into the bin, so we wanted to buy the IP to make sure the team can finish off the game they wish to make. But we always have and will believe in the potential of the IP. This is why we agreed to work on it in the first place, so it’s now beneficial for us to have control over the IP’s destiny.”

I then asked Button-Brown when we could expect more news on Homefront 2, and he didn’t hold back too much in his reply, “Soon… Currently we are trying to get all the paperwork closed on this, but we would like to be a little more open, than if we were working with a publisher.

“Also, right now, we are talking about how we should and would like to work with the community and we will try to let everyone know what we are doing, as soon as we can.”

In closing Button-Brown wanted to share his condolences for THQ following its sale, “Our experience with them was really good. They were a good partner and through to the end they always treated us with respect and honesty. We are very sorry to see them go and really feel for our friends on the THQ side who are now out of a job.”

So it seems we won’t have too long to wait for an update on Homefront 2. Are you excited or keen to see what Crytek UK has done with the IP? Let us know below.

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23 Comments

  1. DSB

    If it was coming along well, then why not rebrand it and make it something new?

    Homefront isn’t a hot property for obvious reasons. It reminds me of Sleeping Dogs. It obviously benefitted from losing the terrible True Crime label.

    Why stick with it if you can get rid of it? I don’t get it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Edo

    @1 Game sold more than 2.6 million copies(around 3 million)…do you get it now :) ?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ercarret

    Announcing a delay when you haven’t even announced a release date (or even release window) seems like a strange thing to do.

    I’m interested to see what the UK branch of Crytek can do. They’re former Free Radical Designs, aren’t they? Of Haze and Timesplitter fame? I’ve never played anything they’ve done, but I’ve heard good things (except for Haze). I also quite liked Homefront from a conceptual standpoint, if not the actual game. I think a sequel, done right, could be really good.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    @2 I’m no friend to mega-publishers, but are they really so mindnumbingly cynical?

    2.6 million for a game that was supposed to tangle with Battlefield and Call of Duty. THQ were so disappointed with it that they killed the studio.

    I viewed it as part of the death struggle when they decided to stick with it. Better to double down on mediocrity than spend a pile of cash trying to develop something new.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Maximum Payne

    I just hope we get some freedom in levels.That’s all.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. lexph3re

    I am still trying to bring myself to play the 1st game seriously. The beginning is SSSOOOOO boring.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Sadismek

    @6 Hah, me too, but I can’t convince myself to buy it :D. I’ve heard so many bad things about it.

    Looks like I still have time ’till 2015.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    I’ve owned the first one on PC since some long-ago Steam sale and I haven’t brought myself to playing it yet…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. theevilaires

    Lex I’m right there with you. This game looked like a PS2 game. I recommended it to Reask and he hasn’t spoken to me since he played it :D

    #9 2 years ago
  10. lexph3re

    lmao

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Edo

    @4 Almost 3 million copies sold for a new IP is a respectable number(to put it mildly).If they indeed were expecting more than that then that’s just crazy.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    All the advertising they put out on the game plus I don’t think it was a full $60 release of course people are going to be suckered to buy it. Luckily I got a chance to rent it before Blockbuster shut down. I’ll pick it up for $5 one day to finish getting my platinum.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. viralshag

    I would never have bought this full price…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @11 I think that depends on what you put into it. I’m assuming they didn’t kill Kaos Studios because they were too impressed to let them live.

    You could put just about anything into a shooter and it would still sell, I think Homefront is case in point of that.

    Medal of Honor was mediocre as well, and that sold 5 million.

    Of course that’s down to what… 300.000 with the sequel? I just don’t think it’s a very smart bet.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. lexph3re

    lol I actually got it for 5 bucks from one of the used game stores over here.

    One thing I can say about part 2 though is. If crytek finishes/converts it to its engine. It will be just as pretty as Crysis 2 and even more boring than before.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. freedoms_stain

    Do these numbers include sales of bargain THQ bundles over the last few months?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. SameeR_Fisher

    @DSB: MoH2010 sold that cause it had history, it is a long running franchise, but as you said with Warfighter it sucked, even though the MP was way bigger, but people didn’t like what they got first time around or didn’t like how Warfighter was shaping, I am one of the later group.

    I will disagree on Homefront though, again I didn’t play the game, I was so interested, till I heard it is 6hrs long, I am a heavy SP guy, so story and length to me comes before anything, I will get Homefront if Homefront 2 is looking good, I will play it just before Homefront 2 hits, and to be honest I am not into any FPS, so maybe I can find one to hang around now, the plot got so much potential, it would be a waste to change it, unless you are talking about just the name, which I find rather not important, since then it will be a like a totally new IP which is bound to be less well received.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Edo

    @14 The sole reason Medal of Honor sold that well is the name it carried ,and as you pointed out people came to their senses,hence the sequel’s sales numbers…I wish people would come to their senses more often, especially when it comes to first-person shooters.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. theevilaires

    so wait is THQ done for good or are they selling all their crap and starting from scratch again?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. lexph3re

    I believe done for good

    #20 2 years ago
  21. theevilaires

    Oh wow…..Oh well I hated them for jumping on the online pass train anyway. They did have a few good games but they screwed themselves. And those damn WWF games sucked after SHUT Your Mouth on PS2.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DSB

    @18 I agree, but if the name couldn’t save it the second time, what chance does Homefront have?

    Obviously that’s up to Crytek, but on the face of it, it just looks loopy to me.

    @21 I think you might like this:

    https://twitter.com/KazHiraiCEO/status/293876382897954816

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Edo

    @22 Of course,in the end,it all comes down to Crytek’s expectations,but if you ask me…there isn’t going to be Homefront 3.

    #23 2 years ago

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    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

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  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

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  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

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  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

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  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

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  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

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  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

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  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

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  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]