Crytek making "great progress" on Homefront 2

Developer encouraged by progress on shooter so far, says it plans to "reinvent" the franchise.

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Development on upcoming military shooter Homefront 2 is progressing positively, Crytek general manager Nick Button-Brown said in the latest issue of Develop (via Videogamer).

"The team in Nottingham--Crytek UK--is making great progress on our reinvention of Homefront," Button-Brown said.

He added that Crytek UK "has a number of projects we haven't talked about yet," though no further details were provided.

The 2011 original Crytek was developed by the since-shuttered Kaos Studios out of New York City and shipped 2.6 million copies.

Crytek purchased the Homefront franchise from THQ during the company's bankruptcy auction earlier this year for $544,000.

Story details for Homefront 2 have not been divulged, though Crytek said previously that it intends to create a game that "takes the series to new heights."

For more on the Homefront series, check out GameSpot's review of the original.

Discussion

144 comments
TheAgingGamer
TheAgingGamer

It better still take place in the US. I read something recently that mentioned it will take place in Japan and other Asian locations. Why make a game called "Homefront," which was originally about fighting a war, guess where, on the home front, and then set it somewhere else? Makes no sense and ruins the premise in my opinion.

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

Just hope they make the campaign longer than the first one.

pip3dream
pip3dream

I loved Homefront, and I don't usually like FPS games.  I think the Crysis games are a bit lame, more like technology demos then games - I'm really curious to see if they can take the interesting world of homefront and put their awesome technology into it and make a good game.  Regardless, good news that this IP is getting revived, because it deserves it!


uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

This is great news imo. I honestly enjoyed the original Homefront and while it wasn't perfect in the SP the multiplayer was on point. I think if Crytek beef up the SP and tweek the MP this could be saved. I'll be watching this with eager eyes!

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

Putting aside the horrible SP ending, the multiplayer was actually fun and i occasionally still play today. Gotta love those Wolverines! :D

Elann2008
Elann2008

Creating a cool-looking world shouldn't be difficult with Homefront 2.  Kaos Studios and Digital Extremes created an excellent premise for Homefront but they failed horribly in execution.

Somehow, I feel like Crytek will flop this too.  They haven't made a good game since Crysis and Crysis Warhead.  Yeah, sure, this isn't Crysis.. one could even say the premise has so much potential for a great series but that's all potential and nothing more.  

I really hope Crytek tries to bring a new experience.  Please do not adopt Crysis game design into Homefront 2.  H2 needs to be completely unique and devoid of anything Crysis.

Adiabaticrage
Adiabaticrage

I think their should be stealth missions and double agents to advance the plot line, stealth technology and anti-stealth technology to keep the audience on their toes. The influence of the military industial complex heck through in bipedal walking tanks with stealth ICBM's to change the tide of battle. Even give the player the option to use Nukes or fight a conventional war. Each decision will change how the game ends.

gufberg
gufberg

Lets hope the next game wont be jingoistic nonsense imitating other generic FPS games. 

I'm not fundamentally opposed to the concept of the modern military shooter - but changes has to be made if it is to be anything more than pro-american war propaganda. 

1). Present an enemy you can understand, identify yourself with and even sympathise with. The people you're bombing aren't "people who hate our freedom" they're desperadoes living in areas constantly being patrolled by armed drones and under crossfire from government military and jihadists. Now, the last Homefront didn't feature a Middle-Eastern enemy. Rather an America invaded by North Korea. Thematically it was the same as any other modern military shooter though. It propagated the notion of American Exceptionalism and ridiculous vague notions of 'freedom'. 

2). Giv us an intelligent plotline possibly involving playing as traditional 'villains' and perhaps even excluding playable americans/NATO forces altogether. Imagine playing a game that allowed you to see the "other side" without all the loaded and negative connotations brought upon the by propaganda such as Call of Duty and Medal of Honor. 

3). Adopt less on-rails and less forgiving gameplay. If you're incapable of failing the gameplay experience is without meaning. There must be some sort of challenge and not just constantly regenerating health with zero penalty or dying. 

Defender1978
Defender1978

I hope the length of the campaign is on par with Crysis.

NTM23
NTM23

People will probably talk negatively about this game, because there are quite a lot of aspects to it that seem standard, but I myself think this game is 'really good'. 

It was a short game; had a bad ending, and the visuals weren't 'great', but other than that, most of it was all great. I actually just played it a few weeks ago as well to play it on hard since I didn't initially do it; it was still pretty good. 

I'm excited to see what they can do with the sequel. You can certainly do better than Homefront, but by now if you can buy it around twenty bucks, it's definitely worth it in my opinion.

futureops
futureops

You guys don't get it,in Homefront, a tiny country like North Korea invaded the whole US so in Homefront 2,I think countries like Zambia,Somalia,Hati etc,etc will invade all UK,Germany,US,Russia and the hero will be Prophet.As it is Crytek,they might add the Ceph in Homefront 2.

RetroSEAL
RetroSEAL

"The 2011 original Crytek was developed by the sin.c.e.....sh.."

Homefront* that's an odd typo.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Crytek made magic with the Crysis series so I can see Homefront 2 being pretty awesome too.

GhostHawk196
GhostHawk196

I hope Crytek turns this franchise into something special instead of another Call of Duty rip-off. Homefront was a terrible game with some brillant ideas.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

hopefully itll take longer than a few hours to beat this one, that was probably the only gripe i had with the first one

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Looking forward to seeing where this goes...which, consequently, is hopefully forward.

As an aside, it's hard to come up with opponents to fight, especially if you set your game in the real world.  Terrorists, Russians, Chinese, North Koreans...it's usually kind of the same old, but what sense would it make to base a game where France invades Zambia?

Then again, there's always aliens...again.

dogbert784
dogbert784

I will play this. There were cool ideas in Homefront. So long as Crytek publishes this themselves and brings it to NextGen. 

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Well lets hope the SP Campaign lasts more than 3 hours this time!

gamerdanger99
gamerdanger99

HOLY MOLY I dint even know about homefront 2 untill now cant wait for the game

auntbessie
auntbessie

If the first one was a bird it would be a 8 or 9 pinter to find it attractive, but it wasn't a terrible game, hopefully Crytek can work some magic with the Cryengine and make it look shithot

strothers101
strothers101

The first homefront was a pretty solid concept. It also was a nice break from the whole USA ruling the world thing. I'll keep an eye on this.

Adiabaticrage
Adiabaticrage

First let's get something straight with Homefront 2.

Let's start off by building on the premise of the game

You play as a Taiwanese soldier sympathetic to Chinese military expansion throughout Asia.

Taiwan is a part of China, hence is communist stronghold for Chinese Imperialism.The first mission involves a massive Naval Battle between China and Japan. Furthermore the first mission involves you attacking Japanese Warship on the open seas.... Alright that's all I got people I hope my GED grammar makes sense to yall... Can't comment on the world wide reaction to Chinese Imperialism in da game. BTW China develops tech that can shoots nukes out of the sky and ends the effective use of Nuclear Weapons. The Chinese are smart enough to use conventional means to attack it's foes. A decimated town provides no economic benefit. It's all about the money folks. Sorry this lasted way too long. Coo story bro.

epicgameresearc
epicgameresearc

Crytek, you've said for a long time you were going to get those HOMEFRONT MP servers up!  We're the HOMEFRONT fans...

Navardo95
Navardo95

Tell me about it again when you drop your theory that "Graphics are 60% of a game"...

baxwam
baxwam

Its going top be F2P 

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

I thought the first one was a really good idea, just very bad execution.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I'd be interested for this game, if it looks good and is less clunky than the first, and has a campaign that doesn't make me stop caring halfway through. Sorry but the heli controls were bad and gave me enough reason to never play Single Player again. 

Please, the clunk. I don't buy Crysis games unless they're cheap (the only reason I own C1 and C2) and I have yet to play Crysis 2 or 3, so I don't know what their downfall is about, but this could be a good thing for them if they do it right.

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

the 1st one was a game you buy used/cheap as shit and try out the mp for. ty online pass making that impossible.

mikeyvp87
mikeyvp87

Crytek said all their games going forward will be F2P so I guess it will be a F2P multiplayer game. 

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

Homefront was an ok single player experience and fun multilayer, but I can't wait to see what Crytek does with this series. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Homefront actually had quite good multiplayer at the time - impressive for a Unreal engine game because the unreal engine is terrible. Let's hope Crytek doesn't foul that up.

Keaze_
Keaze_

They couldn't even succeed with their own IP (Crysis).  Now they're "reinventing" Homefront?  Crytek is pretty dead to me tbh.

Now I hear "Oh yea? What about Ryse??"

My point exactly.

SolidSnakeUS42
SolidSnakeUS42

Awesome to hear that Free Radical's new game is going well. I do hope it comes out awesome. Maybe make it like Freedom Fighters 2? That would be epic.

Aria1368
Aria1368

Crytek might be a good software technology company, but they are certainly not a good game makers, aside from their original Crysis ... pretty much rest of their games suck! crysis2/3, Ryse ... There is not enough culture in their game making! all they do is pursuing some popular things! that just doesn't work well in games!

CommanderTy
CommanderTy

@futureops You leave a big part of the story out, this little country you speak of united both north and south korea, (north Korea would be such a huge battle against the US, we would win no doubt but North Korea has a huge and close to one of the biggest, most powerful army next to the US, China, and Russia.  They are no little guy) they invade China for their resources and continue to build their army and take over while uniting Asia as one Army.

They pretty much kick our ass, (if this happened in real life, we would be in very big trouble)  and from there the game started losing steam pretty fast.  I loved that intro, one of the best in video games I think.  Such a strong story and it all got deflated too quickly after the opening credits.  I am excited to see what they do, I know it wont be the best but at the time I had more fun playing this games online then the COD at the time.

Elann2008
Elann2008

@XboxGuy1537 

...made magic with Crysis and Crysis:Warhead.  Every Crysis game after that was average.

gufberg
gufberg

@GhostHawk196 Unfortunatly Crytek dont have a history of turning anything into anything special. Their shooters are pretty but about as generic as they get. The original Crysis was good for the first few hours until the open multi-choice world was transformed into a standard linear shooter experience. 

It sort of felt like the developers meant for the entire game to be large and expansive but ran into deadline trouble. 

NTM23
NTM23

@thenephariouson If you play on hard and take your time to both look at the environment as well as looking for collectibles, it'll stretch it out to at least twice the length (or at most), but yeah, the length was a problem.

epicgameresearc
epicgameresearc

@auntbessie IMHO the first game (SP) was quite entertaining...  just very short.  The MP was an interesting mix of COD and BF; although not perfect, it was fun and had/has a passionate and active community (until THQ pulled the servers...  Crytek has said they will bring them back in time).  I'm looking forward to a sequel...  but really wish it would stay in either the US or Europe.   

gufberg
gufberg

@strothers101 It was really still a "USA ruling the world thing" not through USA actually ruling the world but by showcasing the US as an underdog and how their "exceptionality" and "love for freedom" made them stand out. 

In the end it was just as jingoistic and pro-america as other standard military shooters. 

gufberg
gufberg

@Adiabaticrage I recall an incident i read about regarding the Russian author of "metro 2033" trying to get his book published in America. Apparently, this was really hard because most publishers were like "Americans arent going to care about what happens to Russians in some Metro in Moscow"
I think this mentality is whats keeping us from a big AAA shooter that doesnt feature Americans. Publishers are afraid that Americans wont buy the game if its not essentially a game about them and more importantly about them feeling good about themselves. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Keaze_ Crytek doesn't need to succeed with their own games. They made an engine that is beautiful.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Aria1368 Really kid you haven't played Ryse. Take your Sony pathetic bullshit somewhere else. You don't see us going "MAAAAAN God of War 1 - 6 sucked, The Order sucks too". "maaaan killzone 1 sucked, so Killzone 4 is going to suck too".

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@Elann2008 @XboxGuy1537 I enjoyed Crysis 2 and 3 a lot too. The story was awesome in all 3 and I thought the multiplayer was a lot better than your average Call of Duty.

Elann2008
Elann2008

@NTM23

True.. but playing the game on hard through the 100 shooting galleries would have been an extremely painful experience.

Keaze_
Keaze_

@Grenadeh @Aria1368 Ryse is actually a type of game that would have been PS4 exclusive. 

Except that 1: Crytek and Microsoft go very well together with their arrogance.

And 2: It probably wouldn't be up to Sony's standards.

Oh and Sony wouldn't make it have micro-transactions

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@mikeyvp87 @Grenadeh @Keaze_ Then you aren't a gamer. It doesn't matter what other people think - it's your responsibility to choose a game to play, not theirs to choose it for you.

I have plenty of people who seem to represent my tastes exactly and if they say I won't like something, I tell them to f off and I try it anyway.

mikeyvp87
mikeyvp87

@Grenadeh @mikeyvp87 @Keaze_ I don't have time to play all the games. It's not my job. If I did i would play everything. I've found a couple of people within the games media whose taste lines up with mine. So if they play said game and say it's not good I will take that advice and play something else. Or if their taste in a particular genre is different from mine I might take their recommendation/criticism of the game and make the opposite decision. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@mikeyvp87 @Grenadeh @Keaze_ Journalists? You think these people are journalists or have any experience with games? Admittedly they may not have personally liked the game, and without having played the exact build they played it's impossible for us to say it didn't suck, but if you base your opinions on what "journalists" or other people think about a game, you're already doing it wrong.

mikeyvp87
mikeyvp87

@Grenadeh @mikeyvp87 @Keaze_ What about truste journos who played it and Microsoft fans at Pax events? Not all games are created equal. It could be great though. It isn't out yet but, like Knack, I would wait for the reviews on that one. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I called him kid based on the grade school level grammar of his post, mostly. Also, yes, only Sony fanboys are going around saying Ryse sucks without even playing it.

Sure when you had to press X to Jason 985 times that shit was "Funny" but when you DON'T have to press A to decapitate people in a game that isn't out, it immediately gets flak because Sony introduced the horrible concept of QTEs and it's bad for any game to ever do it again.

My logic is infallible.

mikeyvp87
mikeyvp87

@Keaze_ @Grenadeh I don't understand how that guys original statement leads you to believe he's a fanboy. The Crysis games are multiplatform and A LOT of people believe Ryse will not be good. It looks good but in the gameplay department... Who knows though it could turn out great. 

Keaze_
Keaze_

@Grenadeh @Keaze_ Who are you to call everyone "kid" and "mentally retarded".  

OP didnt even say a word about PS4 or Xone and you called him a Sony fanboy?

And your logic makes no sense either.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Keaze_ @Grenadeh Because your statement was mentally retarded. You are saying a game that isn't out yet, that you haven't played, and most people have never played, and isn't finished, sucks. So by that logic, Killzone 4 sucks. Uncharted 4 sucks. The Order sucks.


Because the games made previously by these developers were disappointing to you or to someone or were, at their core, bad games.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Keaze_ @Grenadeh No no it was not. Halo came out at the same time and was MILES ahead of Killzone in terms of game design.

Warhawk, the Santa Monica Star Fox/Crimson Skies-ized version, is terrible compared to the original game which was both brutally hard and fun at the same time.

Keaze_
Keaze_

@Grenadeh Killzone 1 was 9 years ago and it was an ok game at that time.  Heavy Rain got a lot of praise,  I've heard some great things about Warhawk.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Keaze_ @Grenadeh @Aria1368 Really? Surrounded by fankids, everywhere. Standards? You are joking, right? So you are saying Killzone 1 is up to standards. A game where AI will literally stand right in front of you and not see you, not shoot you. A game with extremely sparse checkpoints and very clumsy gameplay.

Warhawk is up to standards? Heavy Rain? Get out and play some real fucking games, Sony doesn't have some magical ultimate standards of quality.