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Crytek denies TimeSplitters 4's existence

Better sit down, TimeSpitters fans. Despite recent rumors out of Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine UK that Crytek is working on a sequel to its time-jumping FPS, the studio today confirmed to CVG that news of a TimeSplitters 4 have been greatly exaggerated.

“[We've] spent all of the development budget on buying monkeys,” quipped Crytek, bluntly adding, “No, it's not in development.”

The statement was a follow-up to a larger, more tongue-in-cheek response that read:

“For TimeSplitters 4, with ever spiraling development costs, massive teams and endless crunch we decided on a more radical development strategy. In short, the experiment was to implement the infinite monkey theorem. With cloning being a far too expensive option, we spent all of the development budget on buying monkeys on the black market.

"Those seven monkeys are now sat in a room with typewriters and lots of mirrors, and we fully expect TimeSplitters 4 to be finished soon. Rumours are that they haven't written any code but just tease the press from time to time. Those damn monkeys. PS: anyone got any bananas?"

Word of TimeSplitters 4's development have been around for years. We were even reporting rumors of its existence back in 2007, before Crytek had changed its name from Free Radical Design (see: TimeSplitters 4 - first details). Read how we envision the series' (still possible?) return in TimeSplitters 4: Nine things it needs to do to guarantee a gleefully amazing sequel.

12 comments

  • doominatorx6 - April 27, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    That's right, Crytek. Completely ignore the game that EVERYONE wants, and instead makes another Crysis sequel that nobody asked for. Also, why the hell is Free Radical (I'm NOT calling them Crytek UK. EVER.) working on a Homefront sequel? We'd get a Homefront 2 before a Timesplitters 4? I hope this is just a cover up to make us forget about it, then BAM. Timesplitters 4 announced, with a Timesplitters HD Trilogy announced as well. Hey, I can dream, right?
  • Net_Bastard - April 27, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    I wouldn't mind Homefront 2. The first one was horrible, but the second one? This is an FPS made by the Perfect Dark team we're talking about here. It doesn't matter what name they call it. Sure, Haze was kinda mediocre. But they probably learned from that mistake. Also, Crysis was planned to be a trilogy in the first place, so it's not just a cash-in.
  • doominatorx6 - April 29, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    Honestly, I did like Homefront. Well, the plot and the multiplayer anyways. If the single player was done by a different team (not one that seems to be best at multiplayer games) and wasn't an embarrassing 3-5 hours long, it probably would have done better. Would I like to see a new one? Absolutely. Would I rather see a new one than a new Timesplitters? Well, that's a rhetorical question.
  • Japanaman - April 27, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    TSFP was probably the most fun FPS I've ever played with people.
  • bass88 - April 27, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    Ah, TimeSplitters 2. It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times... You stupid monkey!
  • azureguy - April 27, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    Isn't Crytek UK / Free Radical working on Homefront 2? That seems about right... I still wonder though, even if they were making Timesplitters 4, would it be a huge success? Aside from Team Fortress 2 and maybe Monday Night Combat, I can't remember any FPS game with a good amount of humor and comic-esque art style that was successful in the past few years, and that only so because they're not targeting the same audience as Call fo Duty has. Let's not forget that a good Timesplitters 4 wouldn't be guaranteed either since we don't know if the same great team is still on board. Also, their last game Haze was not top-notch no matter how you look at it. They might've been bought, but Free Radical's demise is inevitable imo.
  • inkyspot - April 27, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    Too Bad, I really enjoyed the Timesplitters games. Oh well.
  • ThundaGawd - April 27, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    Jesus Christ, make up your fucking minds already Crytek! I remember last year reading an article here that explicitly stated that Crytek had begun development on TimeSplitters 4 now that they had finally gotten a high-profile game out on the market (Crysis 2). And now they're saying that TS4 ISN'T in production!?!? Well, looks like I'm stuck playing the exact same "realistic" shooters with my buddies =/ I miss the good old frantic "shoot everything everywhere at the same time" style of gameplay TimeSplitters featured, where the outcome of a match was usually decided by the guy with the most ammo and the biggest gun :D
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - April 27, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Making Homefront 2 over Timesplitters 4. What
  • P0ck3tC1am - April 27, 2012 2:04 p.m.

    I think when your first game is horrible...you don't make another one and work on something that people want. Oh You didn't like Homefront? well we decided that we're making a 2nd one. because we know how much you hate it.
  • ShadowReaper666 - April 28, 2012 5:15 a.m.

    I'm going to go cry for a while
  • Balaska - April 29, 2012 10:53 p.m.

    Homefront's multiplayer had a glimmer of brilliance in it, I look forward to Homefront 2 if Free Radical are behind it.

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