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Homefront 2 'progress is great,' but release date may change, says new owner Crytek

Homefront 2 development "progress is great," although its unannounced release date may change in the future, Crytek told VG247. The game has been in development at Crytek UK — the German publisher's Nottingham, U.K.-based studio, which was formerly known as Free Radical Design — since fall 2011. Homefront 2 was set to be published by THQ, but when the bankrupt company's assets were put up for auction last week, Crytek purchased the Homefront rights for just under $545,000, making the company both developer and publisher of the game and any future projects in the franchise. "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...

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Crytek comments on acquisition of Homefront IP in THQ auction

Crytek put out a statement today confirming and commenting upon its acquisition of the Homefront franchise in the auctioning of THQ's assets, which was confirmed this morning in a Delaware bankruptcy court. Crytek acquired the rights to Homefront for $544,218 from THQ, ensuring that it could either self-publish or find a new publisher for Homefront 2, the next game in the franchise which Crytek announced it was working on in late 2011. "Since we first reached an agreement to develop Homefront 2, we've been firm believers in the IP and its potential to excite and amaze players," Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli wrote in a press release. "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...

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Vigil received no bids and other details from the THQ courtroom proceedings

While Morrison looked similar enough to many of the other men in the court room — that's to say, a middle-aged white man in a suit — he was the only person to take the podium and argue for a stop to the proceedings. As an "equity holder" in the company, Morrison and a colleague were frustrated that the entirety of THQ could be valued for as little as $100 million when the last game from just one of its studios sold over five million units. "That would be the [sale] that we'd object to," Morrison said, referring specifically to Saints Row: The Third developer Volition, Inc. Barring that brief diversion — a reminder that the actual shareholders of companies filing for bankruptcy protection in the historically corporate-friendly Delaware are often on the losing end of things — the...

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Crytek offers $500K for Homefront franchise at THQ bankruptcy auction

Crytek, the developer best known for its Crysis series of first-person shooters, offered a bid of $544,218 for the Homefront franchise in an auction today that sold recently dissolved publisher THQ's studios and properties. The offers put forth by Crytek and other companies are not final and await approval from a judge. According to the Notice of Auction Results, Crytek was the winning bidder in an auction that did not have a backup bidder. Crytek's acquisition of the Homefront franchise would make sense, as the developer has been working on Homefront 2 for several years for a targeted 2014 release. Crytek acquired the development role from Homefront developer Kaos Studios, which was shuttered in June 2011, just months after the game's release. Polygon is in the courtroom for the...

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THQ financial trouble has not yet affected Homefront 2 development, says Crytek CEO

Financial trouble at publisher THQ has not significantly affected the development of first-person shooter Homefront 2, but the consequences remain to be seen, according to a recent interview with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. "We know how our relationship is, but we don't know what's happening to fix THQ's financial problems," he said. "That's THQ's prerogative. But we have hopes that THQ is going to turn around, and Homefront 2 is a very big part of that turnaround. "I would say it's probably the most important project, actually," he added. "I would say it's the IP that's most relevant along with Saints Row. Those two are pretty much THQ's flagship." Yerli says the triple-A landscape is changing not due to cost increase but because players are moving away from...

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