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CryTek GM Talks Homefront: Says It’s “Coming Along Well,” Could be Pushed Back

Homefront 2 was announced by the now defunct THQ a little while back, but when the ex-publisher decided to sell their assets, Crytek was the one who decided to write a check for a little over $500,000 to own the rights for the first-person shooter.

Homefront 2 was originally scheduled for a 2015 release, but now that sounds more optimistic because of the sale. The general manager of Crytek, Nick Button-Brown, has promised that the game’s development will not hinder in anyway if it is, he told VG247.

Crytek’s focus is fairly similar to THQ’s – namely to make the best game possible,” said Button-Brown. “So this will not have too much impact on the development itself.”

Obviously a major sale like this could impact scheduling, so it sounds like Crytek is fully expecting the title to be pushed back a tad. “…we might change the release date that we haven’t announced, and move this to another release date we won’t announce yet either.”

Button-Brown said Crytek saw potential in the IP, and his company was impressed with the development so far, so it was worth taking the plunge to purchase it.”The main reason we wanted to purchase the IP was because the game is coming along so well,” said Nick Button-Brown, Crytek’s general manager of games. “The team in Crytek UK has put their heart and soul into the game, and the progress is great — [our] last milestone was excellent.” And added, “We wanted to buy the IP to make sure the team can finish off the game they wish to make.”

Interesting enough, because Crytek doesn’t have publisher lingering over their head to distribute Homefront 2, their hoping to release information on their own terms, and expect to do that soon. “We would like to be a little more open, than if we were working with a publisher,” he said.

The original Homefront, was released by THQ, and the critical reception was met with middle of the road-reviews. Some reviewers felt that the engine was decent, but the game itself wasn’t ambitious. However, with that said the game did sell about 2.6 million copies, which is somewhat of a success. So clearly Crytek feels that with their help, not only can they make the game even better than its predecessor, but when they do, it will equal to more copies sold when compared to the original ultimately. And they will look like geniuses considering they only paid a half a million dollars.

2015 is actually kind of far away. More and more reports are suggesting that the Xbox 360 and PS3 successors are coming out as early as this year, or at the very most next year. If that’s the case, and Homfront 2 is pushed back to let’s say late-2015, I think there’s a strong possibility that this first-person shooter could be a next-generation game. Or at the very least, ported to the next-generation of systems.

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