Apparently one title wasn’t bad enough: Crytek to pick up Homefront sequel

So I guess we all know my opinion on Homefront. I still haven’t played the game because I still would choose Solitaire rather than waste three or four hours earning the right to say, “I told you so.” Although I’m much less smug about it learning that Kaos Studios was closed down due to the failure of the game. Despite achieving some financial success, the backlash of Homefront led to a drop in THQ shares and, subsequently, painted Homefront in an even more negative light.

Now, to anyone else this would have been a rather clear sign that Homefront was a terrible, terrible idea. Some backwater country with thirty-year-old military hardware couldn’t even take over the Philippines if it wanted to. Couple this with a four-hour buggy single player experience and everyone knows why the game didn’t sell well…except THQ. THQ is convinced the game would’ve sold much better if it was handled by a “triple A” developer. And what better “triple A” developer could there be that specializes in making North Korea as the Big Bad if not Crytek?

That’s right, sports fans. THQ has given the reins to Crytek, because apparently they’re aware of how creatively bankrupt they’ve been lately and want to ensure that a developer that found success with the same plot and premise (minus aliens) would be spear-heading this travesty. You know, I think THQ might be close to some folks in GM, because they’re all aboard the “too big to fail” train and their next stop is going to be Disappointment Station.

Crytek has been receiving bad marks in my books lately, and after phoning in Crysis 2 and calling the PC market the devil, I have full confidence that Homefront 2 is going to end up much worse than the first one. Yeah, I’m calling it again. I’m sorry, folks, but the first game should have been lesson enough that no one actually cared about some bogus storyline—the highlights, in fact, seemed to deal with the game’s multiplayer.

No surprise that Crytek jumped at the opportunity, however. “North Koreans? Commie bastards! We know what to do with those guys! Oh, wait…they’re unified? Still commie bastards, I say!” Ten to one says Homefront 2 takes place in New York and the not-North Koreans blow up the Statue of Liberty, but only after you romp around the city killing Asian bad guys for eight or nine hours to receive a, “The fight continues in Homefront 3!” ending.

In-game screenshot of Homefront 2.

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About Agamemnon
Started blogging back in 2007 amidst that whole Hellgate: London fiasco on a blog known as flagshipped.com. Eventually moved on to do my own thing in December 2008 at gameriot.com and started Caveat Emptor there. Wrote there for six months, gained some notoriety, and then left. Now I'm back.

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