Free Radical co-founder on TimeSplitters 4: 'Nobody wanted to sign us'
- Posted May 3rd, 2012 at 07:15 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 6 Comments
Former Free Radical big cheese Steve Ellis has shed a little more light on the fate of TimeSplitters 4, revealing that all attempts to attract a publisher to sign the shooter fell flat.
Speaking with EDGE, Ellis said that his efforts back in 2008 to get TimeSplitters 4 signed up failed due to publishers’ reluctance to take risks in a FPS landscape dominated by Call of Duty.
"I spent the whole of 2008 going round talking to publishers trying to sign up Timesplitters 4," he said. "There just isn't the interest there in doing anything that tries to step away from the rules of the genre - no one wants to do something that's quirky and different, because it's too much of a risk. And a large part of that is the cost of doing it.”
"Nobody really buys any FPSes unless they're called Call Of Duty," he continued. "I guess Battlefield did okay, but aside from that pretty much every FPS loses money. I mean, [look at] Crysis 2: great game, but there's no way it came anywhere close to recouping its dev costs."
Ellis’ comments don’t really bode well for the likes of BioShock: Infinite and Dishonored, but we have a feeling that they won’t go quietly into the night.
- 7:34am EDT - May 3rd, 2012
This man speaks the truth. Forget innovation it's all about cod, which is imo very sad
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- 11:30am EDT - May 3rd, 2012
I agree with him. Even they did that to Fear Effect 3 when this stup1d Edios didn't support them and we lost a great game.
- 11:50am EDT - May 3rd, 2012
- 2:48pm EDT - May 3rd, 2012
Its unfortunate to not have a gem like this picked up and polished. I played this countless times with my friends and always came back for more because it was unique and a little strange, but who doesn't like that?
- 5:34pm EDT - May 3rd, 2012
agree with HiMyNameIs, Timesplitters was one of my best loved games on ps2. and I never even got to play online! I'm sure this title would have done well... damn those spineless publishers!
- 6:16pm EDT - May 3rd, 2012
I feel bad for this studio but at the same time, I agree with their point of view about FPS.. It is very much true..
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