Crossfire HD / 2 Revealed :
Closed beta coming 16.06.2018
CrossFire 2 is the rumored sequel to the popular first person shooter online game; CrossFire. According to an articlethat was posted in late 2013: Smilegate revealed that CrossFire 2 is currently in development. CrossFire has been the top online shooter in China for many years, while its effort in South Korea previously fell short. With significant earnings from other versions (especially CrossFire China), they re-launched a version in South Korea.
Since development started, they’ve been hiring to fill up the team. A Korean report claimed that the game engine of choice will be the Unreal Engine 3. Content wise, it will be an even 50/50 split between “Players Vs. Players” (PVP) and “Players Vs. Environment” (PVE).
In late 2015, it was announced that Tencent did not get the publishing right in China for the sequel. In fact, Oriental Shiny Star Ltd. (The9) worked out a deal with Smilegate to secure the publishing rights, which is supposedly potentially worth half a billion dollars.
They will have exclusive distribution rights for Cross Fire 2 for five years in exchange for an upfront payment of $50 million. Smilegate stands to make an additional $450 million as it reaches set “development and operation milestones.” That $500 million doesn’t even include royalty payments. This is a gigantic deal that reveals China is a hugely important gaming market all on its own.
In late 2017, it announced that Oriental Shiny Star Limited has signed a settlement agreement with Smilegate Entertainment, Inc. to terminate the license of CrossFire 2. Under the settlement agreement, The9 Limited will receive cash refund of the previous upfront license fee payment from Smilegate Entertainment, Inc.
It is unknown whether or not Tencent will have any involvement with the sequel. Even thought they couldn’t secure the rights, they are still in good term with Smilegate as they recently renewed their CrossFire license. Which means that Smilegate, while working on the sequel and other projects, will still provide content for CrossFire’s Chinese localization and therefore, other active versions as well.
It was later announced in July 2016, that RemedyGames will create the story campaign for its free to play game FPS Crossfire 2. Remedy Games will create a single player campaign for Crossfire 2 while developer Starbreeze is working on the multiplayer. The campaign will be built on Remedy’s Northlight engine, while Starbreeze works in another engine (Unreal Engine 3).