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Crytek: No TimeSplitters 4 Due To "Fundamental Issues" With The Concept

Matt Gardner
Cevat Yerli, Crytek, Crytek UK, FPS games, Free Radical Games, TimeSplitters 4

Crytek: No TimeSplitters 4 Due To "Fundamental Issues" With The Concept

Were you with us in hoping Crytek might sneak out the unlikely-but-glorious news that they'd been working on TimeSplitters 4 for the last 3 years? Yeah, well prepare to have your dreams dashed to pieces as Crytek's Cevat Yerli has suggested that it wouldn't work  on current platforms, and that there are "fundamental issues" with the concept.

"The thing with TimeSplitters is, if we made a sequel to TimeSplitters, nobody would accept this apart from some fans, and we don’t know how big the fan community is unfortunately,” said Yerli, chatting to CVG.

“And we don’t want to design this as a packaged goods game that launches on a console, and even if we wanted to I don’t think publishers would like the idea. That is the truth, and that was the truth even before we bought Free Radical.”

There was a period a few weeks back where a couple of the ex-Free Radical devs were doing the rounds, talking about the studio's history, and Steve Ellis spoke of publisher rejections, the enormous budgets required to make FPS titles, and the conservatism of industry suits. Yerli, it would seem, shares the same reservations as those publishers.

“The concept behind TimeSplitters was pitched around before we took over and Free Radical had no luck. We think even on CryEngine and with Crytek behind it there would be fundamental issues with the concept,” he said.

“I love the idea, and I wish we’ll work on it, but currently we are not working on it. I wish we were working on it. I will say that. I think hopes are high, but change has to happen in the platform space.”

That change could be coming, though; particularly as Crytek are preparing a smooth transition into the free-to-play space, supported by their social gaming network - G-Face.

“I’m very excited potentially about the idea of a TimeSplitters for G-Face. TimeSplitters had one of the most fun multiplayer games ever, and G-Face is a social entertainment platform – it’s about online gaming. I love the idea of a TimeSplitters for G-Face,” he said.

F2P TimeSplitters? Actually yes, I'd be very up for that...or, you know, give us a triple-threat HD collection.

Add a comment4 comments
rookieoftheyear  Jun. 12, 2012 at 13:54

Want to know how big the fanbase is? Release 2 or 3 on XBLA.

I don't understand what conceptual problems there could be, anyone help?

MattGardner  Jun. 12, 2012 at 14:26

Now wouldn't that be lovely?!

JonLester  Jun. 12, 2012 at 14:30

I can't help but wonder whether these continued protestations are actually designed to feel out the size of the potential audience. Every one of these statements is followed by a massive fan outcry, so it's possible that Crytek are (knowingly or unknowingly) working out how big a demand there is for a new Timesplitters game.

Hint: everyone wants it, and will give Crytek money.

Ray118  Jun. 12, 2012 at 19:17

Whats wrong with the concept?
I see some awful games getting sequels, but this deserves it.
Also would love to see Timesplitters 2 & 3 released on XBLA and PSN.
The gaming scene is congested with military shooters, but nothing like this.

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