TimeSplitters dev crafting original IP

Crytek UK--nee Free Radical Design--says it is in "concepting" stage for all-new FPS with emphasis on single-player, multiplayer.

If Free Radical Design had to go, Haze probably wouldn't have been the studio's swan song of choice. The oft-delayed PlayStation 3-exclusive debuted to limited commercial success, not to mention a critical drubbing, in May 2008 and was cited as a primary reason that Free Radical couldn't secure new publishing deals for TimeSplitters 4 or any of its other projects, as the game industry struggled through the worst months of the global economic meltdown.

Look, there's nothing wrong with monkeys, OK?

Still, Free Radical was granted an 11th-hour reprieve after filing for bankruptcy in December, when Crysis creators Crytek said it would be purchasing the studio's remaining assets and business. Renamed Crytek UK, the studio now appears to be gearing up to take another crack at creating an all-new intellectual property.

"We are currently concepting up an original IP that we hope will become a defining game series for the UK studio," studio manager Karl Hilton recently told UK gaming magazine Develop. "However, in reality, the opportunity to make any kind of original [first-person shooter] genre game where we get to focus on the quality of both the multiplayer and single player experience is what drives people at the studio."

Beyond Haze, Crytek UK is perhaps best known for its farcical FPS franchise TimeSplitters, which was known as much for its strong multiplayer component as its ponderous affinity for monkeys. In 2007, the studio announced it was working on TimeSplitters 4, said to be in development for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. Hilton did not indicate how the studio's new project would impact development of the game, and Crytek had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

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aganinja
aganinja

OMG THIS IS GOING TO OWN

L0newolf___DSH
L0newolf___DSH

I have been anticipaing this for years, and years. Just like a hell of alot of other people. But the fact is, even if free radical/Crytek Uk are working on a new franchise, surely it will also be an EPIC game? either way, i wont complain.

nko619
nko619

this need to be made

Habast
Habast

If they make it it'll dominate X-box Live, TS multiplayer is awesome.

Habast
Habast

So... Is this still in development?

guitarfreak1717
guitarfreak1717

everyone sign the petition for timesplitters 4! on petitiononline.com

busterboots
busterboots

I still can't decipher what I just read, but I LOVE TimeSplitters. It was the best shooting game I ever played. I personally think it's better than Halo. With Crytek's skills at making next gen games, them making TimeSplitters would be the best thing since sliced bread. Stop focusing on new products that won't go anywhere and make TimeSplitters 4!

Caboose365
Caboose365

TimeSplitters on next gen consoles. Awesome

zidan4000
zidan4000

me want that game so badly, time splitters 2,3 were one of the best FPS games ever , the diffirent weapons ranging from sci-fi guns to real life ones to vantage guns, that game was a blast to play and it had millions of modes to keep you busy. i cant wait for TS4 please make it and dont kill the franchise

welshskaterdude
welshskaterdude

before I begin I need to say Spendo is a Noob, you do know that free radical had about 75% of the staff members who were working on goldeneye back in rares hayday dont you? the first 2 original timesplitters were pretty much a total clone of the mechanics used in goldeneye with an enhanced multiplayer element, sci fi weapons and better graphics. watch both games side by side and you will see the similarities. even some of the AI movements in timesplitters1 can be seen in goldeneye to a certain degree. Anyway I digress. It goes without saying Timesplitters was without a doubt one of the best games of the last generation and still has a large fellowship of fans. and the trend would continue if crytek uk were to make timesplitters 4 which im sure they will do eventually. Its too big of a cash cow to turn down. so long as EA aren't grasping the helm with creative rights. the game should be fine.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

this game will "sucks" if not on PC..

godzillab10
godzillab10

so this is being made? I'm confused with what i just read

SPENDO
SPENDO

Reading these posts and i hate the fact everytime an fps comes out or about to come out you base it on goldeneye does this look like a 007 series nope, i cant stand golden eye i absolutley didnt like it at all i prefer time splitters and even games like 007 nightfire to golden eye but the subject here is timeplitters not golden eye not haze but time splitters dont go comparing for some games that have totaly different story lines characters and a game you havent even played yet. besides that i rekon this could be quite a good fun multiplayer timespliters 3 was so i rekon this can be too

AuronRex
AuronRex

i think all of them were great,the first because of the weapons,the second because of the military men,and the third because of the different monkey's.so i really think the 4th is gonna be awesome.

LittleDuck
LittleDuck

I never really liked Time Splitters 3. I always prefered 2. But then again, that's just me. So long as this is good, I'll enjoy.

macca366
macca366

Timesplitters 3: Future Perfect was one of my favourite games of all time. Multiplayer aside, that campaign was f****** superb. Cortez ftw

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

@ Thatguysawesome What the hell are you talking about? Rare was a two generation wonder before Microsoft bought them.

Thatguysawesome
Thatguysawesome

hopes that free radical aren't a one generation wonder like Rare.

sirfrieden
sirfrieden

Timesplitters 3 was a joke... It took everything I knew and loved about Timesplitters 2 and balooned it and made it easier. More monkeys, more outrageous characters, more multiplayer modes, Less fun, and less difficulty.

pigfish2
pigfish2

Please focus on Timesplitters 4 first and then get on with any new franchise

lazyhoboguy
lazyhoboguy

Please , just make timesplitters 4! We all want it!

JMizzle
JMizzle

Timesplitters is a great IP, they should really be focusing on it rather than a new property. The key thing for them is for the customer and the critics to trust them again...what better way than with an established franchise loved by many? New IP's by all means, but Timesplitters 4 first.

SinfulTorture
SinfulTorture

If enough people want it to happen? That's ALL they should be working on! Timesplitters was a great multiplayer game. All I want is for the 4th one to come out. Great modes in that game...flame tag? Virus? So fun...

OXM-Madman
OXM-Madman

Everyone wondering TimeSplitters 4 status. Basically in August this year they said they've halted development on it, BUT they'll work on it again if enough people want it to happen.

itameq
itameq

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, no new ips yet! Please timesplitters 4, come on! im down for new ips, but i want my timesplitters! In a world where FPS take themselves to seriously, you could always count on timespliters to save the day! Now, ITS TIME TO SPILT! (thats right i said it)

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

timesplitters was brillant. one of my favorate games on ps2

gameweasl
gameweasl

Just finish F'n Time Splitters!!!

bennae66
bennae66

alot of people dont remember where alot of free radical - err, crytek uk's employes came from. rare... some people as old as i recall with fondness a certain little title called goldeneye. timesplitters was good, but it wasnt quite goldeneye. heres to another resurrection, and seeing if these guys still have the magic. if anyone had to bail them out, im glad it was crytek. heres cheers.

ZombieKingX
ZombieKingX

The TimeSplitters series was one of my favorite FPS' (And I'm not even really a fan of FPS!) But with all the many different modes, the create your own levels, and vast amount of characters, it was an epic win. Update all of that and bring it on-line for multi-player and it'll be a must buy for me.

parchisi
parchisi

Hopefully this continues the string of similar, yet all awesome shooters: Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Timesplitters Series, and now this new IP...... I'm hoping though that what they are talking about is indeed TS4...I would poop my pants a little bit if it is.

xiras
xiras

Hopefully they will keep timesplitters to the original form cause those games were the most awesome things to come out as fp's

meathead86
meathead86

its had its day leave it alone make somthing new . they cant just keep living with the old thats why i think boarderlands will be a good game just like bioshock, pray, the darkness all great games without living of of old games

xKaTaHoMaSx
xKaTaHoMaSx

Haze sucked. BUT TIMESPLITTERS IS EPIC WOOOOOT!!! LONG LIVE FLAMETHROWER SCREAMS!!!

AMT6400
AMT6400

Timesplitters was truly an awesome series of games....I hope free radical can continue to make quality games....i just wasn't really happy with haze and to consider making a ps3 exclusive...why??

foodme123
foodme123

i loved timesplitters and haze and cant wait for this

Timesplitt
Timesplitt

hmmmmmmmmmm edit: were half of u users preteens or something back in 2005 my god scared to play a level, couldn't get because of blood!!!

fennec_fox
fennec_fox

New IP is all fine and dandy, but what's the status of TS4?

brok
brok

Good- Timesplitters had phenomenal gameplay, but it's story and concept was always kind of crap. As long as the roving aiming survives and the game is NOTHING like Crysis I'll be happy. If it bundles in TS2 and 3 then it'd be all the better.

EntombedStorm
EntombedStorm

Come on TimeSplitters games are amazing nothings funner than virus on hanger

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Timesplitters was kind of crap. Free Radical was made up of Ex Rare employees that left after Goldeneye. However they never made a game that evolved from what Goldeneye was. I hope that Crytek cleans up the mess that they became by the time that Haze released.

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

I'm guessing that Timesplitters 4 is still in-the-making?

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

I loved Timesplitters 2 but it scared the CRAP out me. :P I can't stand that dark Notre Dame level.. Looking forward to TS4!

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

Yep, Wii version of next Time Splitters installment is on the list!