What a week. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 gets canned. We learned that Star Wars Battlefront 3 nearly happened. And now, just to put the morose icing on the case, Crytek UK (formerly Free Radical) have confirmed that Timesplitters 4 is "not in development."
That's the official line, but at least Crytek broke the news with a genuinely hilarious statement. It takes the edge off somewhat.
For Timesplitters 4, with ever spiralling 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? - Crytek spokesperson to CVG
Tee hee. Oh. So there. This denial flies in the face of several years' worth of rumours - including leaked concept art from as far back as 2010.