Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has voiced his opinions on the recent and heavily publicised financial trouble THQ find themselves in currently. Crytek’s relationship with the studio began when the former took over development of the Homefront sequel. Yerli pointed out that the game itself could be the last saving grace for the publisher – before it’s health meter runs out.
“Obviously, it’s an unsettling experience at times when you read this news [about trouble at THQ],” he told RockPaperShotgun
“I mean, we’ve constantly had a great relationship and communication with THQ’s top management. What’s more unsettling isn’t when we read the news – because we kind of already know these things before the public – but when some of the team members don’t know the details, and they get concerned. And then the fanbase gets that way as well. When the fanbase of Homefront or Crytek gets worried, we need to fix that.”
“We’ll see how it turns out. We know how our relationship is, but we don’t know what’s happening to fix THQ’s financial problems,” he continued. “That’s THQ’s prerogative. But we have hopes that THQ is going to turn around, and Homefront 2 is a very big part of that turnaround. I would say it’s probably the most important project, actually. I would say it’s the IP that’s most relevant along with Saints Row. Those two are pretty much THQ’s flagship.”
Yerli was quick to confirm that Homefront 2 will be unaffected by the troubles, “There’s been no tangible change whatsoever. There have been a few meetings and the introduction of people and those meetings are always very transparent.”
“To be fair, the way we’re developing Homefront 2 is very isolated anyway,” Yerli continued, “We’re treating it as our own new IP and at the same time THQ is respecting us and saying, ‘you guys know what you’re doing’ and telling us the story they’d like to have, which we’re collaborating creatively on.”
Homefront 2 is slated for release in 2014.