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Crytek: THQ’s recent performance will not impact Homefront 2
June 22, 2012, Author: Wayne Morgan
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks at THQ as the company continues to be plagued with bad news. However, Crytek’s Cervat Yerli claims that Homefront 2 is completely isolated from the publisher’s precarious situation.
THQ announced a slash in sales expectations of $20m, prompting a delay in Saints Row 3 content ‘Enter the Dominatrix’ which will now become part of the forthcoming Saints Row 4.
Following on from this announcement, Teri Manby tended his resignation as accounting officer on June 6th. Teri spent 4 years with the company and served time as corporate controller and vice president.
Earlier in the month, THQ also had to start dealing with a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company misled shareholders by holding back critical sales information. The suit claims that THQ “failed to disclose adverse facts” about the uDraw product line. The suit cover claims that demand for the company’s uDraw was well below internal expectations and the company would have to take back, or provide price protection, on hundreds of thousands of uDraw units that it had sold. It was also claimed that uDraw for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation 3 was a failure and as a result of the foregoing, defendants lacked a reasonable basis for their positive statements about the company and its prospects.
Regardless of this, Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli, claimed in an interview with CVG that the recent events at THQ would have “pretty much zero” impact on Homefront 2 and included that “There have been a few meetings and the introduction of people and those meetings are always very transparent”
In the interview, Cevat Yerli seems confident in his words and that THQ and Crytek have equal respect for each other. Describing the partnership, Yerli commented “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 being handled by Crytek’s Nottingham-based UK studio, who most recently worked on Crysis 2’s multiplayer component.
It’s hard to say what will happen with THQ in the next few years, and if Cevat Yerli’s sentiments are misguided. Regardless, it is refreshing to hear that the publisher is very focused on giving us all a great gaming experience in Homefront 2