Homefront 2 Is In Development At... Crytek?

You could probably call this a megaton if you wanted. THQ has just announced that the next entry in its Homefront series will be handled by Crysis developer Crytek. What the heck, indeed.

Naturally the game will run on Crytek's CryEngine technology.

The game's currently scheduled to release in THQ's fiscal year ending March 31st, 2014. We'd assume β€” given THQ's expectations for the series β€” that could mean a Holiday 2013 release.

The game's confirmed for "home console platforms" β€” but who knows what those systems will be by the time the game comes out.

"Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent," said THQ core games boss Danny Bilson.

"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."

Crytek CEO Cervat Yerli added: "We see Homefront as a really strong universe that has a lot of potential and that has been expertly created and marketed by THQ.

"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."

The original Homefront was developed by the now shuttered Kaos Studios. Despite receiving middling reviews, the game was a huge commercial success for THQ. Signing up Crytek for the sequel is a big coup for the publisher.