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Next Homefront Game Will Be Developed by Crytek

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THQ has chosen Crysis 2 developer Crytek as the studio to create the next Homefront installment.

Tuesday THQ announced that Crytek, the studio behind the popular Crysis series, will be developing the follow-up to THQ's first-person shooter Homefront which was launched back in March for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. THQ said the yet-to-be-named sequel is scheduled for release in its fiscal year 2014 on console and PC platforms.

"Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent," said Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games, THQ. "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."

If anything, the news reveals that THQ is still dedicated to the series despite the first installment's lackluster launch. Currently Metacritic shows a score of 70 across the board for Homefront, with Gamespy saying that the game literally "sucks" while FiringSquad says that it plays like a "standard COD clone." THQ closed down the studio behind the game (Kaos Studios) three months after the launch and shifted Homefront development over to THQ's Montreal studio. So far there's no indication that the Montreal arm will have any part in the Homefront sequel.

"We see Homefront as a really strong universe that has a lot of potential and that has been expertly created and marketed by THQ," said Cevat Yerli, Founder, CEO and President of Crytek. "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."

Crytek released Crysis 2 on the PC and consoles back in March. The developer is currently working on a free-to-play first person shooter called Warface scheduled to launch in "Western markets" next year. Crytek is also working on an action game called Ryse for Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing peripheral.

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    dreamer77dd , September 21, 2011 9:12 AM
    They just taking easy money? Some easy to get contracts after making a name for them selves? hmmm
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    ben850 , September 21, 2011 9:24 AM
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    kcorp2003 , September 21, 2011 9:26 AM
    2014 eh? lets hope the new consoles will be released. Homefront CM was pretty close to the PC community. joining podcasts and talk about PC stuff and support. i have respect for them.
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    cats_Paw , September 21, 2011 10:08 AM
    If they keep making games based on consoles, i aint buyin any of them.
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    Gman450 , September 21, 2011 11:29 AM
    Homefront wasn't a good game.
    Now they're planning a sequel?
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    eddieroolz , September 21, 2011 12:06 PM
    I enjoyed Homefront, though the story was a bit far-fetched. I played it mostly for the graphics.
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    phishy714 , September 21, 2011 12:10 PM
    "Homefront will be developed by Crytek"

    In other words, PC gamers should not buy the game until we get an update patch that will add DX11 (even though at the time we will probably be in DX12) and updated textures. Fiscal year 2014 release date + 3 months is when I am maybe looking at this game.
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    Supertrek32 , September 21, 2011 12:52 PM
    Awful characters, a pretty weak story, horrid graphics, and gameplay worse than the other 3 combined. Homefront was not a good game. I will not be buying the sequel.
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    back_by_demand , September 21, 2011 12:53 PM
    eddieroolzI enjoyed Homefront, though the story was a bit far-fetched. I played it mostly for the graphics.

    A far fetched story is sometimes the basis for a successful game because that is what you remebember the most, even if the graphics are relatively poor.
    Games that fall into this category would be Wing Commander, Deus Ex, Half Life, they spawned successful franchises because the back story is unique and interesting.
    Homefront has a strong back story, just the first game was a bad implementation, a good studio can take the back story and make a great sequel.
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    beardguy , September 21, 2011 12:57 PM
    I kind of liked the game. Awesome premise, and it fictitiously took place in my home town!

    Still though it needed a more fleshed out story and characters. And lets face it, the Crytek team has never been good at either. So we will see ... hopefully the new installment is good.
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    jgiron , September 21, 2011 2:35 PM
    Gman450Homefront wasn't a good game. Now they're planning a sequel?

    the game may not have been good but the universe in which is set does have potential and that is what they are marketing on.
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    rohitbaran , September 21, 2011 3:21 PM
    So, like Crysis sequel was bad in comparison to (remarkably good) Crysis, Homefront 2 will be bad in comparison to (mediocre) Homefront. Doesn't seem very good.
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    someoneelse , September 21, 2011 5:31 PM
    crytek have a good engine and it's a shame theat it's not used in more games. so we know the game will technically be fine, but can they use the crytek engine to come up with an original or worthwhile game experience?? we'll have to wait.

    It does raise the further question over standardisation of game engines. could be a good or a bad thing.
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    dola74 , September 21, 2011 5:59 PM
    I enjoyed the game it was great I liked the story and the action was great.
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    clonazepam , September 21, 2011 6:54 PM
    THQ should stick to their mma and professional wrestling roots... seeing as they haven't really perfected either of those yet.

    Maybe the next Homefront will take place in Hawaii. Crytek already has a huge bank full of textures, plant-life, and water effects. :D 
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    getreal , September 21, 2011 10:25 PM
    The Droid Bionic is faulty and emits a high-pitched noise when using the headphone jack. It is either due to lousy hardware (Motorola) or the lousy OS (Android). If you are in the market for a new phone, wait for the new iPhone in October; you will get much faster / more stable hardware and software.
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    David 617 , September 21, 2011 10:52 PM
    never played homefront, b/c of the mediocre reviews. id definitely play a crytek game
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    samanosuke47 , September 22, 2011 12:16 AM
    I liked the cannon for homefront. It's different, no one ever invades America in games. It was nice to see the boot on the other foot or whatever you wanna say. So in that aspect I was fully interested in Homefront at first. Lately I've been waiting for games to come out though before I buy so I can see reviews. Homefront wasn't looking to be what I wanted, and therefore I never bought it. :/  Sad really, I had a few friends say they liked it, and the multiplayer was ok. But I still wasn't conviced to buy it.
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    mister g , September 22, 2011 1:03 AM
    So about three years from now we'll be asking the question "can it play Homefront"? getreal you're only a youngster here complain about products elsewhere, not in news comments sections. I know you might intend well but keep on posting it and eventually you will be voted to oblivion.
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    PhoneyVirus , September 23, 2011 8:26 PM
    free-to-play for the first 2 days and after that they force you to buy better guns, why? because the one you where getting so much kills with are gone and NOW you have to pay for it think again when why say free-to-play save your money and wait like I do, go to Wal-mart buy two or three PC games for the price of one Console Game.

    Example Dead Space 2 and Bullet-Storm for the Stupid Consoles are $49.99 and $59.99 I got two of them for $19.99 on PC and a HDMI Cable four days ago plus Cat food for the price of one Console Game WOW like I said before and I'll say it again console loves can't handle the TRUE POWER of the PC.

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