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TimeSplitters ain’t dead yet. Crysis 2 devs could resurrect FPS series and bring joy to all monkeys

Playing split-screen TimeSplitters 2 deathmatches remains one of our favourite multiplayer memories from the last console generation. If you didn’t enjoy shooting time travellers with a small monkey, you were rotten to the core inside. That, or you couldn’t afford a PS2. While Free Radical Design might have endured some rocky times since (culminating in it going into administration, being bought by Crytek and then getting renamed Crytek UK), the developer is in talks with several publishers about making a new game in the beloved FPS franchise.


Above: TimeSplitters 2's dam stage was a brilliant homage to GoldenEye's opening

Speaking to Eurogamer at a recent event, Crytek UK’s managing director Karl Hilton confirmed talks about a new TimeSplitters have begun. He said: “We're talking to publishers at the moment about whether that's [TimeSplitters] a viable route or not.”

He continued: “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.”


Above: We miss 'Splitters, even if Future Perfect was slightly disappointing

Reassuringly, Hilton confirms the TimeSplitters name still means something to publishers and remains very much on their radar. “Talking to publishers, everyone is aware of TimeSplitters. It's got a brand awareness that's really good.”

It’s been over five years since TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, and after the car crash on a disc that was Haze, we’re ready to get our simian shooting on again. With Crysis 2 almost out the door (Crytek UK worked on the multiplayer), the developer will soon be ready for its next project.


Above: Sure, Crysis 2 is pretty, but does it have homicidal chimps?

And going on these tasty word morsels from Hilton, it looks like we could be going back to the future (and then shooting the shit out of everything in sight) real soon. He said: “We'd love to do it. We don't want to get self-indulgent with it. We want to produce something that speaks to a lot of people and a lot of people play.”

Source: Eurogamer

Nov 1, 2010


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18 comments

  • Fusionmix - November 3, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    Oh my god...Timesplitters...with a huge, insane campaign full of bizarre weaponry and humor...and gorgeousness...and multiplayeasrlasdfaljsdkf PLEASE, CRYTEK. THE FANBOYS. WE ARE BEGGING YOU.
  • waitingforCharlietosnap - November 2, 2010 4:15 a.m.

    I don't care what it takes, but we need another one now, dammit!
  • jollyroger50 - November 2, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    the funny thing is, i was playing timesplitters right before i read this article, i was also thinking in my head.... "damn... sucks that there wont be another one of these, wtf were they thinking when the made haze?"
  • NightCrawler_358 - November 2, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    Please please please make a new TimeSplitters!! definitely my favorite shooter! And just what was dissappointing about Future Perfect? and i was always Socky... his friends call him spoony legs.
  • Robusken - November 1, 2010 10:30 p.m.

    Yes just make it already! So many memories playing future perfect as a duck or a monkey.
  • Syncmaster - November 1, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    ah Timesplitters, the games had so much content. if any of them came nowdays it would come with 5 day-one DLCs.. bloody downloadble industry.. and Future Perfect was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
  • juicenpancakes - November 1, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    "Playing split-screen TimeSplitters 2 deathmatches remains one of our favourite multiplayer memories from the last console generation." I could not agree more. Except for I would maybe take the "u" out of "favourite." Please come back TimeSplitters!
  • EAC73 - November 1, 2010 8:22 p.m.

    finally this game is going to be great also @n00b i thought future perfect was amazing too i played it on my cube also, but i got to say the best lvl in future perfect for me was the hunchback of notre dame.
  • n00b - November 1, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    why all the hate for future perfect. i played that game for hours on game cube with 4-player split screen and enjoyed every moment of it. that said another time splitters would be awesome
  • shadowreaper72 - November 1, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    Ah man I would love to see another Timesplitters. BRING ON THE NINJA MONKEYS!!!!!
  • HardlyBirdman - November 1, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Makes me pine for all-monkey flamethrower matches in the mission level. Flaming chimps running for the fountain. PS2 has my favorite FPSs for multiplayer with Timesplitters2 (monkeys and crazy weapons), 007:AgentUnderFire (grappling hook!!!), and RedFaction2 (Arena Destruction and those crazy jump pads)
  • NeelEvil - November 1, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Please let this happen, all our college luchtimes were spent with Future Perfect. Can't beat Monkey Assistant mode, plus the Map maker was awesome. I'm buying Crysis 2 now purely because Free Radical did the multiplayer.
  • Groteth - November 1, 2010 2:49 p.m.

    hell yes give me time splitters! give me it now!!! shamed to say i almost forgot TS after packing my ps2 into closet, but hell those games were the shit..loved them all played them all and had them all...i think i still got atleast ts2 still! oh and the level editor was awesome too...
  • Frootaloom - November 1, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    I'm prematurely crying.
  • Fenny12 - November 1, 2010 2:38 p.m.

    Its time to unlease the asskickulator!
  • rocketminx - November 1, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    Gah! Wish they would stop pussyfooting around the idea and get on with making it! They've been saying crap like this for months!
  • nike656 - November 1, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    shooting people as monkeys... good times, good times
  • sgh341 - November 1, 2010 2:30 p.m.

    Hmm, never played TimeSplitters. But I would be willing to give it a shot if this goes through.

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