Earlier this month, we reported that Crytek had access to the Next Xbox tech and were already hard at work on a fourth Timesplitters title in time for the console's unknown launch date. They swiftly denied the rumor; as if they'd ever confirm it! However, in an exchange with Now Gamer, Crytek confirmed they're "looking into" the possibility of a Timesplitters game.
"Obviously Timesplitters, historically, was for them [Crytek UK] an important IP," explains Avni Yerli, who co-founded Crytek with brother Cervat. Free Radical Design, comprised of former Goldeneye and Perfect Dark devs who developed all three Timesplitters titles, fell into debt after mega-flop Haze and were plucked from oblivion by Crytek, who purchased the studio in 2009.
"From our perspective we always had a lot of fun playing Timesplitters - Timesplitters 2 was amazing fun," said Yerli. "Crytek and Crytek UK are interested in the IP; we are thinking about it but we’re trying to decide what we could do best with the IP, where we could bring it. There are no concrete plans yet".
It appears Crytek is, at the very least, mulling a possible Timesplitters 4. Between sharing the load on Crysis 2, Crytek UK have to be up to something! And what about existing Timesplitters games? With the industry currently consumed with a bunch of HD remakes, might we see a Timesplitters Collection any time soon?
"That's a good idea. There are indeed a lot of games doing it but we haven’t thought about that yet," Yerli reveals. I wouldn't hold your breath on a Timesplitters HD, then. "But it's a good idea..." [Now Gamer]