When Homefront was released earlier this year it received a mixed reception, our review roundup showed that even reputable game critics showed a difference of opinion, but the general feeling seemed to be that the campaign’s story was great, yet short and the multiplayer elements let it down. Today we are hearing that Crytek are developing the next Homefront title. (Update: Before writing this article we missed the news that Kaos Studios closed permanently in June)
To be honest with you this has shocked us a little as we think scores of between 7 and 8 out of 10 are by no means bad for a debut title, therefore we think Kaos Studios done a pretty good job, however there is no hiding the fact that Crytek should take Homefront to all new heights.
Details are scarce at the moment, however Crytek tend to stick with its own engines for its releases, therefore it would be fair to say that Homefront 2 (or whatever the next game is called) will either use the same game engine as Crysis 2, CryEngine3, or perhaps the seemingly inevitable CryEngine4.
THQ’s Danny Bilson has this to say on the matter “Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry’s best talent” and added “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” – this to us sounds like in terms of the storyline THQ was happy with Homefront, but in terms of general gameplay (and perhaps multiplayer) there is huge room for improvement – could this mean that Crytek’s target is to make Homefront 2 a serious Call of Duty / Battlefield competitor? It certainly seems this way.
Currently THQ has not revealed any information as to why Kaos Studios were snubbed for the next title (see update), however Crytek’s President, Cevat Yerli, did say that combining Homefront with Crytek’s creativity, quality and production values should deliver a blockbuster game – with games such as Far Cry, Crysis and Crysis 2 behind them you can’t help but agree.
You can see the official information regarding this news over at THQ.com, it clearly states that it will be coming to consoles and PC in 2014 – could this mean that it will be next-gen? We sure hope so!
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