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Homefront 2 is 'phenomenal', will be '5X the game' the original was - Bilson

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Initial post: May 31, 2012, 12:12:04 PM PDT
got mayo?™ says:

Crytek UK doing a 'phenomenal' job with Homefront 2, reckons former core games boss.

Homefront 2 looks "phenomenal", according to ex-THQ Core Games boss Danny Bilson, who claims that the follow-up to last year's near-future FPS will be "5X the game [THQ] delivered" with the original Homefront.

"I'm working very closely with [Crytek UK]," said Bilson talking to GamesIndustry International prior to his departure earlier this week.

"It's so far phenomenal. So far. We've got a long way to go, the pre-production has been spectacular, I think it's 5X the game we delivered before when it's fully realised."

Homefront launched to a mixed reception on its release last March, with online issues and game-breaking bugs causing havoc for THQ across its launch period.

As a result, financial struggles coupled with the game's failure to live up to expectations forced THQ to close developer Kaos Studios.

But though Bilson admits there were "issues" in the original game's execution, he believes that the series "had fantastic creative", and is confident that having Crytek on board for Homefront 2 will give consumers "confidence in [the sequel's] execution".

"Homefront had fantastic creative," he continued. "Arguably, at least in my opinion, one of the best properties for a first person shooter, a fresh world, great environmental storytelling and the execution unfortunately... even though I think it has some phenomenal things in that game, we sold a lot of them and it resonated with people, there were also issues around execution.

"Not that it wasn't good, but you're being compared to Call Of Duty and Battlefield, two of the best made games in the business. So what do you do if you're us and you've got this IP you believe in, you know you've got the fanbase, you've got a million ideas, how do you solve the problem? You go to a beloved developer that we believe can bring our execution up to the level of Call Of Duty and Battlefield with our incredible IP.

"And our idea was the consumers who may have been disappointed with some of the aspect of Homefront, with Crytek applied to it, it gives them confidence in the execution with a brand that seems to have a lot of appeal."

Besides a prospective FY2014 release date, details surrounding Homefront 2 are still thin on a ground. We do know, however, that the game will be set in a "different part of North America" to the original and will run on Crytek's CryEngine 3.

It's also expected to be a next-gen title, but this has yet to be confirmed by THQ.

Danny Bilson left THQ on Wednesday, coinciding with the arrival of new president, former Naughty Dog head, Jason Rubin.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 12:14:32 PM PDT
A customer says:
Awesome, so they are getting Crytek UK to develop this? That's some pretty good experience right there and it will run on Crytek CryEngine 3.

This might turn into a beast of a game.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012, 12:15:39 PM PDT
Jon says:
It probably will. Homefront was a pretty good game to begin with and now being worked on my Creytek, I think it really will shine.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012, 12:16:39 PM PDT
A customer says:
If Crytek delivers all they got, this could easily beat out some of the dev power for BF3. I wonder if the concentration will be online or both SP and MP.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 12:16:39 PM PDT
JWK says:
Gonna be 5 times a mediocre game. Awesome..?

Posted on May 31, 2012, 12:24:32 PM PDT
Sisyphus says:
I thought everyone hated Crytek cause they don't show love for the used game market.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 12:28:58 PM PDT
LogJam says:
Dammit. I thought we were going to be hearing from Rachel Bilson, aka Summer from the OC. She's probably a secret nerd, right?

Posted on May 31, 2012, 12:29:12 PM PDT
MrFoxhound says:
So, he ruined the company wasting their money on licensed garbage and U Draw, then he just up and quits. Something so wrong about that. Hopefully the Naughty Dog head can get this company in the right direction.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012, 12:30:56 PM PDT
Pics or it didn't happen.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 12:33:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2012, 12:33:37 PM PDT
Joel H. says:
"5X the game [THQ] delivered with the original Homefront."

Yep, sounds about right. 6 or 7x would have worked too.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 12:33:23 PM PDT
Coffee says:
The SP of this one was "meh" at best, pretty much just follow the leader kind of gameplay. But the multiplayer, once you got past the server bugs and lag issues, was pretty fun and just different enough from BF and CoD to be really enjoyable. I'll have to keep my eye on this one.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 12:33:58 PM PDT
MoultonHawk says:
Crytek is my favorite DEV, but I am a little concerened they have to much of a workload...HF2, Cry3, and that other big game they are developing cant remember the name.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012, 12:42:15 PM PDT
got mayo?™ says:

If its true they are working on TS4 that is. I dont think Crytek UK is working on Crysis 3 though. FIY, Crytek uk= Free Radical Design (Haze), Timsplitters, etc....are Ex Rare employees from Goldeneye/ Perfect Dark era.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012, 12:44:43 PM PDT
A customer says:
As Mayo said, Crytek UK isn't working on Cry3.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 1:01:29 PM PDT
Goosifer says:
"Homefront had fantastic creative."

Did this guy jump straight from an ESL program into THQ?

Posted on May 31, 2012, 1:03:32 PM PDT
FOGE says:
Homefront was enjoyable but BF3 was 10x the game last year.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 1:05:18 PM PDT
got mayo?™ says:
Didn't everyone just enter a state of flacidness when i mentioned 'Haze'?

Posted on May 31, 2012, 1:10:37 PM PDT
twztid13 says:
It's so sad that Jason "free to play" Rubin is head of the THQ core games now. I don't agree with that dude on a single thing he says. I'm not sure Bilson was doing any good, but Rubin will turn Homefront 2 into Farmville if he has his way.

I can't wait to see what Crytek does with it, though! I hope Rubin doesn't get his greasy mitts on it before it releases, or I won't be interested.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 2:26:28 PM PDT
5 x 0= 0

Posted on May 31, 2012, 2:32:10 PM PDT
MoultonHawk says:
I didn't think you guys liked Crytek, at least prior to Cry 2 you were poo pooing them maybe you've come around on them, good to see. Love 'em.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012, 2:48:17 PM PDT
-- says:
Damn you. I was going to say this,

Posted on May 31, 2012, 2:50:18 PM PDT
TCB says:
In all seriousness, with Battlefield 3 and the ton of existing Call of Duty games, how is there any more room in the marketplace for another military shooter? When will people stop paying $60 a year to spend hundreds of hours unlocking the same weapons and equipment in the newest military shooter? I have Battlefield 3, it's very very good, and until environments become 100% destructible, graphics reach photorealistic quality, and games run at 60 frames per second it's the only military shooter I'll ever need.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 2:54:10 PM PDT
K Archer says:
I thought the SP was decent...just a little better then CoD and BFBC2 and a lot better then BF3...

Didn't play much of the MP (no time to do so) but what I did play was pretty good.

Its a wait-and-see, though, as with most games not releasing for years...

Posted on May 31, 2012, 2:58:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2012, 2:59:07 PM PDT
Crytek can't create an interesting story and universe. I like Crysis for the gameplay and graphics, but Homefront doesn't seem like a good fit for them.

While it was very short, I found the Homefront campaign solid and interesting.

Posted on May 31, 2012, 3:07:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2012, 3:08:10 PM PDT
MoultonHawk says:
I only played that homefront demo to death loved it but it was nuts it was ultimate chaos so much crap going on but didn't buy it, but I think I'll do so now that it is so cheap. Do I need an online pass, is anyone still playing the MP?
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