The folks behind Crysis and Far Cry have teamed up with THQ to work on the next Homefront, the publisher said this morning.
The game isn't due out for another 1 1/2 to 2 years, the company said in a press release.
"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 Cevat Yerli, Founder, CEO and President of Crytek. "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."
Homefront, which hit earlier this year to mixed reviews, took place during a future America occupied by North Korean forces. The game featured brutal portrayals of an occupied country in the year 2027. The game ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, with rebel forces taking back part of the country, but with still much to do.
THQ says Homefront was a commercial success and that the "yet-to-be-named sequel" is scheduled for release during THQ's fiscal 2014 on console and PC. THQ's 2014 fiscal year runs from April, 2013 to March 2014.
However, that commercial success didn't prevent THQ from shuttering the New York City-based developer behind the game. Kaos Studios was shut down over the summer as part of a "strategic realignment within its internal studio structure," the company told Kotaku at the time. THQ also said at the time that THQ's Montreal studio "will take over product development and overall creative management for the Homefront franchise."
So why shift gears and go with an outside studio?
"Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent," said Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games, THQ. "Homefront's unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over. 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."