Crytek: "Huge mind share" on Homefront 2, "can make a big splash"
Posted: 16.03.2012 11:38 by Simon Priest Comments: 13
Despite the original Homefront from Kaos Studios getting a so-so Metacritic reception, Crysis developer Crytek believes their "quality attached to it" can help the sequel amaze fans.

The world they built, its setting and where they want it to go - it's "really cool," declared the studio. Hints were given of the sequel taking place in London, but "it's the team's choice."

Original developer Kaos Studios has since been made defunct by publisher THQ and the Homefront IP has been licensed out to Crytek, as they're huge fans of the Crysis series.

"It has a huge mind share, everybody knows the IP," said Crytek founder Avni Yerli. "The first game has indeed a low Metacritic, but due to really great positioning and great marketing it has reached a good mind share. And I think with Crytek quality attached to it and similar marketing attached to it, it can make a big splash at the time it comes out."

The game is under development at Crytek UK's Nottingham studio and it's a collaboration with THQ, and early builds of the next Homefront have been looking good. "When you look at the world they created in the first game and the world that they were talking about for the second game, the setting they were talking about... obviously we can't talk about it yet, but it's really cool," added Nick Button-Brown. The North Korean threat is meant to be global, not just to the US.

"In the end it's the team's choice," continued Button-Brown, referring to the sequel's presumed setting of London. "The team choose and they really, really like it and thought it was a great opportunity and we'll support them on that."

Do you feel the Homefront IP can be salvaged by Crytek's talents?

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By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 16, 2012
One should never say never but Homefront and Crysis 2 were two really huge disappointments so I don't think they will. Crytek has also sworn their allegiance to the consoles lately and a game with consoles first most in mind will remove what little was good with Homefront...
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 16, 2012
I agree, Crytek have a lot to proove at this point.
But there was a time when they were above average so it's still possible they'll deliver.
By novapaddy (SI Member) on Mar 16, 2012
I don't know FoolWolf, I found Crysis 2 very good. But then, I've possibly been living in a Paradox bubble for too long; and thanks to StrategyInformer, I'm getting "out for some fresh air".
I don't know whether I would want to play a game which is set in current times, where with every day you turn on the news, to scare yourself shitless (expecially if you listen to CNN!) .. I want to sit back, relax and disappear into a void for a while and leave RL outside the door, for a little longer.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 17, 2012
It can be salvaged, given a strong, long and this time original storyline as many of us really wanted to like both "Homefront" and it's predecessor "Frontlines: Fuel of War". I'll keep my fingers crossed, though far from my credit card at this stage.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2012
"Homefront 2" Meh factor - over 9000...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 17, 2012
We'll see, djole we'll see. I cant wait to bring your comment here back to haunt you if "HF 2" turns out to be a sweet spot on the gaming calender:)
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2012
You'll forget about this by then anyway :)
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 18, 2012
@novapaddy - just shows that we are, thankfully, all different :)
My gripes with Crysis 2 were both controls and story. The MP part was not the selling point, but I had hopes for it to be more fun than it actually turned out to be. The maps and the gameplay itself were dismantlements.

Do I believe Homefront can be salvaged? yeah, if you start over from scratch - kick out everything except from the graphic settings menu - than you have a shot - or go for consoles only. Less picky audience and they can build on an already proven gameplay mechanic.
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Jun 25, 2012
Homefront 2 will be awesome,say what you will but i have played all the battlefields and call of duty and this one is the perfect crossing between those games.
Homefront 1 is excellent!2 will be awesome,can't wait!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 25, 2012
*cough* Sorry, did you say "HF" was excellent? Wow, that's an opinon I've never seen. From what I've heard (and I almost got it) the SP was short, generic, bland and pretty bad overall and the MP was a mess.
I hope "HF2" is nothing like "CoD" or "BF" but actually tries to be truly different as the preceding title to "HF", "Frontlines: Fuel of War" attempted to be but didn't quite make it.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jun 25, 2012
*pokes Heno with a stick* - yeah, now I read enough from the internet today ;)

Cheers mate - how you will enjoy HF2... I'm pretty sure I won't and I'm even more sure I don't want to relive all the bile and anger that I had trying to get something fun out of playing HF...
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Aug 18, 2012
Your loss mate!
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Aug 18, 2012
Nobody plays Crysis 2 Mp anymore,but Homefront still has a lot of players and that says it all!