Homefront: The Revolution, the first-person franchise revival by Crytek UK, only got announced a few weeks ago – but the project already appears to be in tatters. Widespread reports suggest that the firm formerly known as Free Radical has been working without pay cheques for months, and is now on the verge of collapsing like a Greater Korean Republic invaded United States.
Fresh from reports of walkouts at the ex-Timesplitters outfit, Kotaku now claims that game director Hasit Zala has quit his role at the studio. It seems that development manager Ben Harris has also departed, as referenced in his Linked In profile. Naturally, there’s turnover on any project, but given the recent rumours, and the standing of these staffers, things are looking a bit bleak.
While nothing’s actually confirmed at this stage, the exits appear to be connected to rumours coming out of German magazine GameStar last month, which claimed that the company was close to bankruptcy. The organisation still strongly denies those reports, but with CryEngine adoption seemingly low, and Crysis not quite the juggernaut that it once was, it doesn’t sound impossible, does it?
Of course, we suspect that this story is going to run longer than a resistance effort against a heavily armed foreign foe, so we’ll keep you up to date with any future developments. That ol’ Homefront franchise does appear to be cursed, though, doesn’t it?