Last week’s biggest story in the videogames industry was undoubtedly the unfortunate demise of THQ. Follow the auctioning of the publisher’s assets Crytek GmbH adopted the full intellectual property (IP) rights for the Homefront franchise, for which the developer was already working on the official sequel. Since the purchase, Crytek has gone on record to state that the development has not been affected by the external issues.
“Since we first reached an agreement to develop Homefront 2, we’ve been firm believers in the IP and its potential to excite and amaze players.” Stated Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli. “Our cooperation with THQ was always positive and we would like to thank them for all their support over the last two years and express our sympathy to those affected by the recent events at the company.”
Development work will continue on Homefront 2 at Crytek’s UK studio in Nottingham. “From day one, the Homefront 2 team has been committed to creating a game that takes the series to new heights and features the level of quality and innovation associated with Crytek,” said Nick Button-Brown, General Manager of Games at Crytek. “Nothing has changed with regards our development of the game, and we look forward to sharing the finished product with players.”
Very little is currently known about Homefront 2, though Electronic Theatre has regularly been noted for the opinion that the original title had greater strength in its story than its gameplay. Hopes are high that Crytek can deliver an interactive experience that matches the political drama that encapsulates it.