TimeSplitters Still Beloved By Its Devs; Sequel Hasn't Been Ruled Out

TimeSplitters 4 was in the works at one point, and even today, Crytek UK's staff is enthusiastic about revisiting the series.


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Ask shooter fans what FPS series they'd like to see make a comeback, and there's a good chance that TimeSplitters' name will come up. The developer responsible for the series still has "a lot of love for it" and its staff is interested in making a follow-up, but unfortunately that doesn't mean a new TimeSplitters is imminent--and there are also the reported issues the studio has suffered of late to consider.

"You would not believe the amount of times people ask for Timesplitters," Crytek UK animator Mark Jackson told Official Xbox Magazine at the Develop conference last week. "I couldn't really comment, but there's a lot of love for it at the studio. I can't really say much more than that."

Crytek UK is the former Free Radical Design, developer of the first three games in the TimeSplitters series. It's also the studio that, in 2007, revealed that it was working on TimeSplitters 4, a project that would never emerge. Instead, Free Radical worked on a new IP in Haze before filing for bankruptcy and then being saved by Crytek, which renamed the studio 'Crytek UK.' In 2012, Crytek confirmed that TimeSplitters 4 was not in development, though it wasn't for lack of effort--Free Radical founder Steve Ellis said publishers simply weren't interested in it.

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Despite that, there remains passion for the series among the staff at Crytek UK. Asked if the prospect of a new TimeSplitters was dead, Jackson told OXM, "God no! Like I say, in the studio it's held very dear. It's just waiting for the right situations and deals to be done. I'm not privy to that, but from everybody working at the studio--everyone, whenever we say what would you like to do next, it's TimeSplitters.

"So yeah, there's a lot of love for it. But I couldn't say where that goes, or who pulls the strings to make that happen, or when it would happen, but it's certainly not something that people dismiss."

TimeSplitters made a mark on many gamers not only by being a solid first-person shooter--Free Radical's staff included former Rare staffers who worked on GoldenEye and Perfect Dark--but also with its quirky humor. The absurdity of featuring monkeys in the game (including the one seen in the TimeSplitters 4 teaser image above), combined with time travel helped TimeSplitters to stand apart.

Crytek UK is currently at work on Homefront: The Revolution, though it has reportedly been dealing with serious issues of late, including staff not being paid. This is said to have resulted in a number of employees leaving the studio, including Revolution director Hasit Zala. What effect this reported exodus will have on the prospect of a new TimeSplitters is currently unclear.

Whatever may happen in terms of an official project, fans have taken it upon themselves to craft a revival of the series, known as TimeSplitters Rewind. The volunteer-led project landed on Steam Greenlight last year after receiving the blessing of Crytek, which owns the TimeSplitters IP. The multiplayer-centric game will feature parts of past TimeSplitters games and is not yet playable by the public, although it remains in development as of earlier this year.

If a new TimeSplitters game does eventually happen, what would you like to see from it? Let us know in the comments.

Story updated to clarify the timeline of Haze's development.

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It sucks that 4 got cancelled. And why for the love of God are these games not available on the PSN as PS2 classics???

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Because Crytek hasn't agreed to it or the ownership of the IP is a mess. There's also the possibility that during the bankruptcy alot of important parts to make a remake/HD port(original code/ect) was lost.

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Timesplitters is one of the few original Xbox titles not playable on the 360 - but every once in a while I fire up ole Bessy and give it a go. Very fun game with a superb bot multiplayer mode. Online was smooth too. Single player was so-so, but it was funny. I'd buy TS4 for Xbox One if it came out.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> you mean Timesplitter 2 & 3 because the original game was PS2 exclusive....

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3, actually. The previous 2 I avoided because they weren't very good.

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"In 2012, Crytek confirmed that TimeSplitters 4 was not in development, though it wasn't for lack of effort--Free Radical founder Steve Ellis said publishers simply weren't interested in it."

... Huh? Simply wasn't interested in it? Do any of these publishers realize how big a deal this was back then? I bet EA does, they were the ones who published these games. And look at what they went on to do. Battlefield, EA Sports division, any of this ringing a bell to these "publishers"? I can just imagine it now: EA in their corporate offices grinning ear-to-ear saying "Soon... Mwahaha!" and if they're smart they'll encourage development of another TS game. I would love to see them as the publisher again after so many years.

As for what I personally would like to see if another TS game came around:

Less slapstick, more genuinely funny jokes in when the player visits these time periods, be they present, past or future. Get some good voice actors for the game and make it a comeback to remember. The TS games started this around TS2, but it fell a little flat in the end or the jokes got old quickly. I would say keep the slapstick though for periods of time in the future - since it's not quite happened yet.

KEEP the monkey in there! It's literally now TS's mascot.

DON'T bring back Sgt Cortez for the campaign gameplay. His story and timeline ended in TS: Future Perfect. If you're going to give a reason for the Timesplitters coming back, it should be a good one.

Back then there was online support but discontinued. Since consoles have evolved, bring back online multiplayer, but don't change it. Still keep bot support for multiplayer. (Bots were actually a challenge when set up right.) Add co-op campaign or survival mode in as standard. (Well-recycled idea already by other shooters, but it would "modernize" TS. That would be it's only purpose.)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> EA only published Future Perfect. Eidos published the other two, and they now belong to Square Enix.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Problem is publishers want CoD not quirky FPS that stands on its own terms.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Do you mean CoD in the sense that it's a "militant" shooter, and that publishers only want that, or did you mean it in the sense that it's what's considered a "winning formula" for shooters and publishers believe it's everything shooters should aspire to be? I wasn't quite sure what you meant.

There are many FPS games that stand out on their own terms. One that actually comes to mind is Bioshock, and that didn't seem too particularly militant. In fact, it was a pretty original idea, but had basic shooter mechanics, enough to be considered a FPS. Yet it went on to spur a sequel, and a spiritual successor. And from what I've read from shooter fans, almost everybody was on board with it. They loved it.

Homefront I haven't played, so I cannot judge that. But if it is anything like the Crysis or Far Cry series of games (Also developed not necessarily by Crytek UK but their parent studio.) then that simply seems to speak to the nature of the developer and what they're "known" for. That's how it seems to go these days, sadly.

I won't go so far as to say originality is dead, but I have a strong belief that TS does not deserve that fate. So if publishers have gotten too greedy and just want to grab quick cash-in FPS games, then they are in for a rude awakening when the public clamors for something different and they have nothing to offer.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> When you talk about BioShock you are also talking about 2K games(one of the few respectable 3rd party publishers). Crap last gen most of my third party games were 2K other than that it was Sony/Nintendo all the way...

I think overall we have publisher that believe the games need to be like CoD(this is why Battle Field went backwards), serious military drama games with a focus on urban combat.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Hence Homefront.

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Out of ALL the games I want right now, this is by far at the top of the list. I've personally grown tired of military shooters, and I would hope there's room for a game that didn't take itself seriously, and because of that, would be the best FPS ever made. I mean, come on, with time travel at its core, they could literally make a level based on ANYTHING. Who doesn't want to go from ancient Egypt, to Chicago in the 30s, to Tokyo in the future, to a zombie-infested mansion? This game is ITCHING to be made.

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TimeSplitters was a truly amazing game, to bring something like that back into Next Gen would be so amazing, I for one would love it, many many people would love to see this back, plzzz listen to your fans, Homefront was a Fail so make TimeSplitters again......!!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm all in favour of them burying Homefront for this. I've been waiting nearly a decade for my robot zombie flare shooting history invading monkey fueled alien mosh-pit-of-death... fix... with sock people and fish!

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Screw Homefront, spend those resources on Timesplitters 4 instead! I doubt you'll be in financial trouble then! Splitters 3 was the best game back on Ps2. Me and my friends played that campaign to death. Anyway... Time to split!

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I love the Timesplitters series. It's a shame that we haven't seen a Timesplitters HD Collection yet. That'd be an ideal way to give fans what they want, as well as test the waters to see if there's a market for a new game in the series.

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Timesplitters is an amazing game. I had a lot of fun online and on local coop.

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TimeSplitters was amazing because it really took to heart the phrase "variety is the spice of life". So many different levels, characters, weapons, game modes, and music to choose from. Could have have monkeys, robots, zombies and various animals fighting with flare guns, revolvers, flamethrowers and bricks at a Chinese Restaurant.

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I'm still not sure I understand this. Crytek UK has been losing workers left and right, yet they are optimistic for a sequel for this game while finishing up their big game Homefront... Hmmmmm. Or am I thinking of a different Crytek dev?

Either way I'd like to see another game in that franchise, they were fun games.

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You've got your history mixed up a little bit. Haze was before the Crytek acquisition, and probably partially responsible for the studio's closure. That, and the boondoggle that was their ill-fated take on Star Wars Battlefront 3. I believe there are some pretty interesting retrospective articles on that project on this site.

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Looks like it was updated. Cool. Free Radical was one of my favorite studios in my teen years. It's pretty tragic to see what happened to them, but it's kind of uplifting to see that the series I fell in love with still caries some value there. What is left of that team, I look forward to their future work.

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The first Timesplitters rivaled the fun my gaming group had with goldeneye. I dont think anything else will come close to that anymore. Timeslitters 2 was still fun, but somehow lost some of the charm from the first one. I dont recall if I did get Timesplitters 3. If a new one was made today I fear it will take on some aspects of the current fps multiplayer craze that is stunting the growth in the industry. (innovation growth, not money sucking growth)

I hope it can see through that though if it does come to light.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Timesplitters 2 was the best one! It was still overflowing with charm, but pretty much boosted every single aspect of the multiplayer experience.

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Don't worry folks: we have still have TimeSplitters Rewind in the works. But should TS4 see an actual release, it better keep the trademark humor and frantic multiplayer action.

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By them saying "Not much of a market for it from publishers" translates into. "If it isn't a Modern Military first person shooter clone of COD, we're not interested"

I'm so sick of Shooters, Even Titan fall is a military shooter. That's all the Xbox has. Military shooters or first person shooters. Who keeps buying all these games? COD was good when it was World War Themed, too bad the genre got killed. Same with Military shooters, genre is gonna die eventually. Then it will be the next big thing that gets milked to death for a few console generations. I'd Take Bayonetta 2 over a COD sequel anytime.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah PS4 has so many best sellers that aren't FPS...oh nevermind. Killzone, COD and BF4 are 3 of the most popular games on PS4

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> True dat!

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I myself consider Future Perfect the best FPS ever. But now, after all these years of hopeless waiting and merciless teasing, I've lost ANY interest in TS series. I'm better playing dull campaign in BF or CoD, and the developers are better creating widely unknown Homefront or whatever...
Let the legend rest in piece.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> TS2, I felt, beat TSFP by a bit.

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I'd love a new Timesplitters game, but in Crytek's hands? Probably not. They seem to enjoy prioritising graphics over gameplay to the point the gameplay becomes rather dull. But, eh, you never know how it'll turn out until they get to work on it.

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"Cryteks UK staff is enthusiastic about revisiting the series"

Ya know, if they still have jobs in a few months.

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Shut up and take my money!!!

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I loved these games.

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lol I loved this game and their cheesy phrases

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<< LINK REMOVED >> "It's time to split!"

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I had never even heard of this franchise before I saw a heavily upvoted post about a new one when Crytek UK were having rumoured money issues.

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It would be great if it was actually made, but we can only dream at this point.

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