Deep Silver Acquires Homefront IP from Crytek; Homefront: The Revolution Now Being Developed by Deep Silver Dambuster Studios
Remember last week when Crytek said it wasn't in financial trouble and was simply going through a "transitional phase" from being a development studio to an "Online-Publisher"? Well now things just got a whole lot more interesting. Publisher Deep Silver and parent company Koch Media announced today that it has acquired the Homefront IP from Crytek, and that development of Homefront: The Revolution has been moved to a new studio, Deep Silver Dambuster Studios. Crytek had acquired the Homefront IP in January 2013 for over $500,000 during the THQ auction, after Crytek UK had already been working on Homefront: The Revolution before THQ went belly-up. In June, Crytek announced that the game was being co-published with Deep Silver, but apparently that falls solely on Deep Silver's shoulders now.
According to Deep Silver, Dambuster Studios is a new studio formed specifically to take over development of Homefront: The Revolution, and is located in Nottingham, UK, the same city where Crytek UK is located. It is unclear whether any Crytek UK employees are moving over to Dambuster Studios, but I doubt the locale is a mere coincidence. Deep Silver Dambuster Studios is the third development studio within the Koch Media Group, joining Deep Silver Volition (Saints Row) and Deep Silver Fishlabs (Galaxy on Fire). "We are thrilled to see another great IP joining the Deep Silver universe," says Koch Media CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz. "We strongly believe in the potential of Homefront: The Revolution and trust in the new team to continue the path we have been walking in the last years."
Homefront: The Revolution is being developed for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and is expected to arrive sometime in 2015. It is unclear whether this news will affect the time table.
Source: Press Release