The original Homefront game received lukewarm reception from critics, myself included. It felt like a Call of Duty clone that promised a gripping story, but delivered a cliche-ridden narrative with very few redeeming qualities. However, that original game sold very well, justifying full steam ahead with the franchise, as far as THQ is concerned.
But the sequel to Homefront will not be developed by the Kaos Studios, the team that made the original game. In fact, they no longer exist. Instead, THQ is teaming up with Crytek (Crysis, Far Cry) to make the next game in the series. Our excitement level just skyrocketed.
The announcement was made via press release this morning.
"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."
The next game in the Homefront series, whatever it may be called, will be developed specifically by Crytek’s Nottingham, UK studio. The game is targeting a fiscal year 2014 release for consoles and PC. For speculation purposes, that could be in the next console generation. Just something to think about…