Crytek UK in talks about making new TimeSplitters game
- Posted November 1st, 2010 at 12:41 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 4 Comments
The chaps at Crytek UK have confirmed that the studio is in the process of chatting with publishers in regards to the possibility of developing a new entry in the much-loved TimeSplitters franchise.
Speaking during an interview with Eurogamer, Crytek UK chief Karl Hilton revealed that the company is stewing over whether or not to revisit TimeSplitters – which hasn’t seen a sequel in five years - or churn out a new IP instead.
“We’re talking to publishers at the moment about whether that’s [TimeSplitters] a viable route or not,” he said.
“There hasn’t been a TimeSplitters game for quite a while. Obviously TimeSplitters is a FPS with a strong multiplayer element. The question is, is that the way to go with another one, or should it go down a different route, or should we be developing a new IP altogether?”
“It’s down to us talking to publishers about what their interest is and where they see it going. If they’re keen for a TS game, then we’d be happy to do one. If they’d like us to develop something new then we’d do that,” he added.
“Whether the TS is like the classic TS or whether the TS is a new imagined TS, that’s the other thing to discuss with them.”
Hilton observed that TimeSplitters maintains significant brand awareness among publishers, though also pointed out that the series’ success varied from market to market, meaning some folk may not be as keen on revisiting it as others. Nonetheless, it sounds as if companies are quite keen on the idea.
“Talking to publishers, everyone is aware of TimeSplitters. It’s got a brand awareness that’s really good. Its success in different markets was quite variable. So depending on who you talk to, they either look at it as a really successful product or as a product that was almost successful but could have done better.”
TimeSplitters 4 was originally in the works prior to Free Radical entering administration back in 2008, where Crytek later snapped it up and renamed the firm Crytek UK. Since then, the project has been officially labelled as on hold. The last game in the series, TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, released back in 2005 for PS2, Xbox and GameCube.
More as it breaks.
- 8:46am EDT - November 1st, 2010
TimeSplitters was the closest to perfect a game would ever get
Had an awesome storyline, funny characters, great gunplay and it would change genres every mission leading to some pretty epic moments. One minute your in a haunted house fighting zombies, then your on a space ship fighting aliens.
I remember spending hours and hours playing on multiplayer with friends. I loved being that little monkey and creating maps of survival modes of flamming monkeys that would chase us all around the maps.
Just talking about it makes me want to play it again ;(
- 8:54am EDT - November 1st, 2010
"revisit TimeSplitters ... or churn out a new IP"
You churn out sequels, not new IP...
- 10:24pm EDT - November 1st, 2010
I think Timesplitters could do some cool things with multiplayer especially the way online multiplayer is today
- 9:11pm EDT - November 2nd, 2010
What you waiting for you douchbags, just make the game already. By the time this game is released (if it ever is) I'll be out of uni working a job. So for my whole uni life social gaming will have to be with COD, what has this world come to, where are the handymen?!
And I agree with opening post, man I feel nostalgic.
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