Homefront: The Revolution Director Leaves Crytek UK -- Report

Several lead developers are no longer working on Crytek’s sequel to Homefront, sources say.

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Homefront: The Revolution game director Hasit Zala is said to have left his position at developer Crytek UK.

According to a report from Kotaku citing sources familiar with the studio, its Development Manager Ben Harris has also left the company earlier this month. Harris’ departure is reflected by his Linkedin page, but Zala’s Linkedin says that he’s still with Crytek, though it could simply be outdated.

The news follows previous reports that 30 or more employees left Crytek UK since development on Homefront: The Revolution began in 2011, and that morale at the Nottingham-based studio is "low." One source said that the high turnover at Crytek UK is the result of staff not being paid on time on multiple occasions.

In June, Crytek also denied a report from German magazine GameStar, which claimed Crytek was close to bankruptcy.

Crytek, which purchased the Homefront series during THQ's bankruptcy auction in January 2013 for $544,000, officially announced Homefront: The Revolution leading up to E3 2014. The game is an open-world shooter set in a Philadelphia occupied by the North Korean military, and is scheduled to release in 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Discussion

65 comments
Scorch_22
Scorch_22

Dang, I'm starting to wonder if the Homefront IP is cursed

themc_7
themc_7

I'm starting to get really nervous about the situation at Crytek. Everyone is jumping ship or not getting paid. Sounds like this studio will go under before Homefront launches. Shame. It had such potential.

AnonymousSquid
AnonymousSquid

If all the people who have pirated Crytek games would have actually paid for these, Crytek might not be in this situation.

DefconRave
DefconRave

Uh oh, hope the game isn't an incomplete mess. Shame because it actually looked like it had potential.

strothers101
strothers101

I really want this game to come out. The demo at E3 looked great.

archav3n
archav3n

Exclusives is what killing developers for siding with the devils. This exclusives stuff should die and make it multi-platform for everyone.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Deserting a sinking ship perhaps? There's probably something to the rumours, but hopefully it's just a hiccup more than genuine trouble, I'd like to this game get finished.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

That's what you get by crafting games like Crysis instead of Timesplitters.

Handwipe
Handwipe

It's because they are tired of making compromises for the underpowered, obsolete consoles. I wouldn't be surprised if these developers soon turned up at a PC exclusive studio. 

gamingfriendly
gamingfriendly

This will be a generic game with gimmicky mechanics and a story no one will care about id say it will be repetitive too but i will wait and see.

oflow
oflow

Crytek games look great but the gameplay is always mediocre.  I'm looking forward to more UNreal 4 engine games.

Setho10
Setho10

I was looking forward to this. I hope someone comes in and buys the studio and game. It must suck going from working for bankrupt THQ to now having your own studio go under. Same for the Vigil guys at Crytek US. I actually thought their game looked the most promising of the bunch.

playstationzone
playstationzone

Its Crytek fault for working with MS and when Homefront 2 come out Crytek will close down and aslo creator of Timespiltters go down with it means no TimeSpitters reboot.

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

My friend says Homefront 2 will be their swan song... I hope it doesn't come to that. Crytek games may not be for everyone but they have their fans. And then there's also the fact that Homefront 2 looks like a really interesting game which deserves to get sequels if it's done right...

gajbutler
gajbutler

They all probably hate the shite they're working on any ways.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

1st Homefront was linear but had an original story and was kind of refreshing.  Was good being an American and getting to play the part of the underdog in an occupied state.  I have to say I was looking forward to the new Homefront game as it seems to draw a lot of inspiration from the original Crysis game in terms of it having a more open world style and the ability to tackle problems as you see fit. Let's hope this project doesn't go under. Funny how they were doing all those press briefings at E3 this year like there was nothing wrong. Pretty normal tho given the way corporate culture works; sometimes you have to go on as if there is nothing wrong I guess. Heard they have not been paying their employees their entire due for some time on eurogamer.

chaos-06
chaos-06

I don't think some people realize that Crytek UK and the Crytek based in Germany (who made the first Far Cry and Crysis series) are two separate studios. Crytek UK was formerly Free Radical Design and made the Timesplitters series, and have since work on parts of Crysis 2 and 3 after they were acquired. Homefront was going to be their first game developed completely in-house as a subsidiary of Crytek.

olavinto
olavinto

One would think that with all of these Cryengine games Crytek would get some income from licensing.

Navardo95
Navardo95

"Graphics are 60% of a game" Shouldn't have said that Crytek...shouldn't have said that.

A sad end to the company....if only they realized there is something far more important than graphics and that is nothing but gameplay....the company's target audience were graphic whores anyways.

Its bad whats happening to them but I honestly won't miss them at all... 

Crysis 1,that the elitists put on a glorious throne.....remove the graphics aspect and it would have NEVER reached the success it had in 2007.There would be a sharp 180 degree turn in the elitists love for crysis,incredibly sad actually....the gaming community is also partially to blame...

starhowl
starhowl

I *can* try their games sometime, but not in the immediate future.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Crytek's been pretty miserable lately when it comes to games.  Warface is not being well received and apparently isn't generating much revenue, which is hilarious given Yerli's raging hard-on for free to play and his claim that Crytek would be fully free to play within 5 years.  Ryse was a disaster too.  They've completely and utterly dropped the ball since Crysis 3 as far as quality is concerned.

What sucks is how fast they're sinking with the release of these two titles.  It goes to show how frail studios can be.  To be fair, they could be completely overspending on their projects and not using that money wisely.  I have to believe this is the case because they have a dozen developed and released games and they have EIGHT FREAKING STUDIOS.  There's no reason why they should have that many with such a small track record.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

when i look at Farcry 1 or Crysis 1 's single player experiences and compare it to Battlefields single player or todays COD single player or todays medal Of Honor single player, Crytek drills them by a mile.  Farcry 1 was way ahead of its time. Crysis 1 was way ahead of its time. Its STILL ahead of its time.


Matter of fact, Crysis 1's power struggle Multiplayer game mode is vastly underrated.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Feel terrible for Crytek UK's employees or pretty much any Crytek offices employees. They have to suffer for the terribly idiotic decisions of upper management. I mean just look how their saying that "From now on, all our games will be F2P" have worked for the company!

topeira
topeira

that's a shame. homefront 2 looked really interesting and special to me, but i can only assume now that it either comes out a mess or doesnt come out at all....

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

whats with the hate for Crytek?


Farcry 1 and Crysis 1 are still easily 2 of the BEST single player fps's in existence, period. farcry 1 and Crysis 1 could possible be in my top 5 best single player FPS games ever made. Ive finished Crysis 1 countless times and i NEVER get bored playing it nor do i ever get bored playing farcry 1.


granted they dropped the ball bigtime with Crysis 2. I would of preferred an open world New York city experience. Like Crysis 1 but in the city. But im not sure if thats the reason they could be going bankrupt, it could just be terrible management.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

sucks i was hoping for a crysis 4

odd1ne
odd1ne

it's really sad to see studios struggling so much and this looked a promising game I hope they can still get it released bit I'm afraid looks like it's already doomed.  There isn't going to be any studios left soon 

damnyou444
damnyou444

I guess im not buying this junk 

zinten
zinten

Who is still working on homefront at crytek ? The floor cleaner dude?

yoda101280
yoda101280

@AnonymousSquid Hate when people say this, not everyone who pirates a game would buy it legit if pirating wasn't an option.  That's not me supporting piracy but simply saying less pirated copies does not ultimately mean more sales.  I mean in the age of steam where you could eventually get even the best AAA game for under $10 if you're willing to wait, that kind of tells you it's not about the money.

digitm64
digitm64

@Handwipe So what's it like working there?  I imagine you do, since you know exactly what's happening there.

mfer2114
mfer2114

@Handwipe Right, so theyd spend more money and make less? Brilliant...

repetitiousv2
repetitiousv2

Can you elaborate on how it's MS fault, cause you name doesn't Make you look biased or v anything.....

archav3n
archav3n

@Navardo95 Elitists are console morons. Crytek is in bad shape because they bet high on the exclusive Ryse on XB1. Talking c*cks are what console fanboys good at.

jeager_titan
jeager_titan

@Navardo95 Actually I enjoyed crysis 1 regardless of the graphics. And 2  was sooo boring. Didn't even bother to pick up 3.

dominoodle
dominoodle

@nyran125tk The sad thing is that with Crysis 2 and 3 they decided to make the games more like CoD and BF's single players.


I'm glad Far Cry is owned by Ubisoft now.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

@nyran125tk What could possibly be the hate with a company that went downhill in game quality since the first of each series...

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@EasyComeEasyGo why? Crysis 1 , farcry 1, great games. farcry 1 is STILL one of the best single player fps's in existence, by far.

Psycold
Psycold

@jeager_titan @Navardo95 I got it for $5 and couldn't bring myself to finish it, they go so far backwards from what the original series was...worse than Crysis 2. For one thing, every map has a giant dome over it as if they were giving a big middle finger to open world game play. 

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

@dannydopamine8 @nyran125tk

O-O lol gee how did you miss that?