Last week, during THQ's bankruptcy auction, UK studio Crytek bought the Homefront franchise for over $500,000. The developer has finally spoken about the reasons for their purchase, and why they saw potential in the Red Dawn inspired video game - one this writer is very relieved to see under the Crytek banner.
Crytek general manager Nick Button-Brown said in a new interview with VG247 that Homefront 2 is “coming along so well.” He added that the Crytek UK team was putting their “heart and soul into the game,” and that their recent milestone, which was met, was “excellent.”
Homefront 2 had already been under development with Crytek UK since 2011, shortly after the franchise's original developer Kaos Studios folded. Crytek’s decision to buy the IP from THQ was an effort to save the work that their UK division had already put into the game. However, as Button-Brown also stated, “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.”
The new transition isn’t expected to affect the general development of Homefront 2, given that so much of it had already been done prior to the THQ bankruptcy auction. Many suspect that the game's release could be delayed, and indeed Crytek's CEO himself raised that very point: "We might change the release date that we haven't announced, and move this to another release date that we won't announce yet either.". For those eager to see the sequel in action, Button-Brown stated that fans can expect some footage very soon - now that Crytek no longer has to work with (/for) a publisher, they can afford to be more forthcoming about their new purchase.
Stay tuned to LAG for updates on Homefront and the fallout from the THQ sale.