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.