THQ weren't the main cause of the issues with 'Homefront'. The failure of the game was purely due to the shoddy gameplay, poor AI, lame story, plagiarised ideas and those inevitable comparisons it was always going to have with the CoD franchise. The blame for the critical panning it received lies with Kaos Studios and I simply cannot imagine that Crytek will develop a shoddy sequel. If it has half the class and polish that Crysis 3 had it will be an essential purchase for FPS fans.
People are too quick to jump all over the publishers. THQ didn't do much wrong with the release of Homefront from what I recall. It got good pre-launch publicity, it had TV spots that generated a buzz and it wasn't overshadowed by any of the publishers other games in their pipeline. Compare that to Activision, who failed miserably to create any pre-release excitement for Singularity, a game that to this day compares admirably alongside games like Bioshock and Dishonoured. Their focus, like it is every year, was on the CoD title that year (Black Ops I think it was). They left their supernatural FPS to fend for itself in an FPS heavy market and it failed to sell even although it was much lauded by the critics and the gamers who actually played it.
THQ have got a far stronger developer for the sequel and they know how to publish successfully. Darksiders 2 was a classic example of what they can do with the right developers, I think they'll be around for a while yet.
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on 16 Dec 2012, 23:50, edited 1 time in total.
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