No other aspect of development will change, says franchise new owner
The recent sale of THQ‘s assets saw a variety of in-development projects move to new owners. One such title was the sequel to Homefront, an FPS under development at Crytek, which now owns the franchise, too. Soon after the acquisition, gamers were warned that the title’s release date may change, according to general manager Nick Button-Brown‘s interview with VG247.
Homefront 2 had originally been planned for a 2015 release, but Button-Brown said this date may be pushed back.
Button-Brown said, “Crytek’s focus is fairly similar to THQ’s – namely to make the best game possible.”
He went on to assure fans that development will not be affected beyond the date being delayed. He added, “So this will not have too much impact on the development itself. However, we might change the release date that we haven’t announced, and move this to another release date we won’t announce yet either.”
When quizzed about the acquisition, purchase Brown said, “The main reason we wanted to purchase the IP was because the game is coming along so well. The team in Crytek UK has put their heart and soul into the game, and the progress is great – [our] last milestone was excellent.”
He added, “The worst case scenario for us was that this situation meant that all that work just ended up being thrown into the bin, so we wanted to buy the IP to make sure the team can finish off the game they wish to make. But we always have and will believe in the potential of the IP. This is why we agreed to work on it in the first place, so it’s now beneficial for us to have control over the IP’s destiny.”
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