Crytek UK developing Homefront 2

Formerly known as Free Radical, developer of TimeSplitters, Crytek UK’s portfolio will eventually expand beyond the already-developed Crysis 2‘s multiplayer portion as reports say the studio is currently working on Homefront 2. Its prequel did well enough to get a so-so reception from both critics and fans, but was unfortunately not enough in the eyes of publisher THQ, which closed the studio behind it (Kaos Studios) earlier this year.

“We see Homefront as a really strong universe that has a lot of potential and that has been expertly created and marketed by THQ,” said Crytek head Cevat Yerli. “We believe that bringing our level of quality, creativity and production values to the next Homefront title, creates an opportunity for both THQ and Crytek to deliver a truly blockbuster game. It’s really important to us that THQ has the faith in giving us a lot of creative freedom over one of its most important properties to allow us to bring the Homefront world to life in a new and innovative way.”

How far that arm of “creative freedom” will reach is anyone’s guess at this point, as any information about the sequel is lacking; there has been no confirmation of CryEngine 3 powering the game (update: there has now), unsurprisingly so considering by the time the game is set to hit stores in fiscal 2014. We might be looking at new hardware by then, a speculation subtly fueled by the actual press release which did not state any specific platforms on which the game would be available on.

“With Crytek’s industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we’re supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand,” added THQ Core Games’ Danny Bilson.