THQ announce shock partner for FPS franchise

FPS stalwarts Crytek will be taking over duties to make the next game in the Homefront franchise. The studio, best known for PC powerhouse Crysis, will develop the title which is due for release in 2014.

According to publisher THQ, the first game was a commercial success. However, Homefront was generally pretty disappointing. After all the hype beforehand, the 3 hour campaign and unspectacular, basic FPS gameplay meant it didn’t live up to expectation. Hopefully with a proven team such as these guys, the series could fulfil its undoubted potential.

The studio tasked with turning this sinking ship around is based in Nottingham, England (home of Robin Hood for those unfamiliar with the area). This branch used to be Free Radical, famous for the TimeSplitters series on PS2 and gamers should be confident they’ll create a decent title here, especially with the aid of CryEngine.

Danny Bilson of THQ had this to say of the collaboration:

“Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry’s best talent. 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.”

Founder of Crytek, Cevat Yerli, also gave his view:

“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.”

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Sub-Editor.

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