In the latest entry into the ongoing story of THQ’s asset sale, Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek, has confirmed that the development of Homefront 2 is still on track, despite the collapse of its former publisher.
Crytek’s purchase of Homefront 2 was always likely to be one of the least disruptive sales, largely because their subsidiary Crytek UK were already elbows deep in the game’s development.
All Crytek’s purchase, or potential purchase as nothing’s final quite yet, does is ensure that the game makes its way to market in the easiest way possible, while picking up some nice new IP for themselves.
Crytek picked up the title in THQ’s recent auction, reportedly getting it for the bargain price of $540,000. While unsurprisingly Yerli didn’t mention the price of the purchase, his comments on the subject do act as confirmation that they’ve won the auction for the IP.
Talking to CVG Yerli expressed sadness about the fate of THQ, saying that “Our cooperation with THQ was always positive and we would like to thank them for all their support over the last two years and express our sympathy to those affected by the recent events at the company.”
He also commented that Crytek have always “been firm believers in the IP and its potential to excite and amaze players,” making it seem that Homefront may have a bright future ahead of it.
Nick Button-Brown, Crytek’s general manager of games, also chipped in to confirm that the game’s development was still continuing, with the sale of the IP causing little disruption.
“From day one, the Homefront 2 team has been committed to creating a game that takes the series to new heights and features the level of quality and innovation associated with Crytek,” he said.
“Nothing has changed with regards our development of the game, and we look forward to sharing the finished product with players.”
CVG are also reporting that the game will make an appearance at this year’s E3, and is likely targeted at next-gen consoles. While the latter seems likely, I’m not so sure about the former. Perhaps the game’s set to be a launch title? We’ll just have to wait and see whether it turns up in June.