When THQ released Homefront, the game was not that well received, but from what I read it deserved the scores it got. The game that made me wonder why it received such high praise was Crysis 2. The game was shit on the PC. If you’re on the console, good for you; it looked great and took every short cut to make that happen. What shortcuts, you say? How about no real-time reflections, no breakable environment (scripted events do not count), small environments, the list goes on. I’ll stop there, but needless to say, if you’re a PC gamer, your hopes and dreams were crushed with that game when it was released, and not just because of all the console shortcuts. With so many technical issues, it was almost unplayable in MP, and let’s not even talk about the DX11 fiasco.
I don’t believe in companies’ thriving when they break several promises that will be in a game, and Crytek is one of those studios. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Crysis IP has certainly lost a lot of steam, and it seems that the company is working with other studios now to stay a float. Crytek did the same thing almost every company does now: sells out to consoles because they can operate with a reasonable certainty they will make back a profit because it won’t be pirated as much. Notice how I said, “not as much.” That’s right, piracy is real on consoles, too.
Crytek, I’m not sorry Crysis didn’t sell a million copies in a couple of months, but it did sell over 3 million and the standalone expansion sold over 1.5 million. Crytek, you made a game that required people to upgrade and you kept the specs under wraps until it was almost released, so gamers were taken by surprise. They needed time to save in order to upgrade their gaming rigs, but it did happen, and you did sell 3 million, so the argument of piracy is not relevant to your situation. It still sold, albeit in a longer time period then you preferred.
Crytek announced today that they would be working on the Homefront sequel with THQ. This maybe the beginning of the end of Crytek as we know it, and I’m neither sad nor thrilled. Who knows? This could’ve happened because they said we have an engine and you can get a deal, I don’t know. What I do know is that things are changing for Crytek. I hope it’s for the better because I’m an optimist, but I won’t put money it.