In a move that will delight the series' many followers, Crytek has confirmed that it is putting in the groundwork to try and get a new entry in the TimeSplitters franchise off the ground.
The studio, which was formerly known as Free Radical and was the original creator of the series, has already spoken to publishers about the possible new shooter.
We're talking to publishers at the moment about whether TimeSplitters a viable route or not,” Crytek UK MD Karl Hilton told Eurogamer.
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.”
And Hilton claims that the early signs are encouraging.
Talking to publishers, everyone is aware of TimeSplitters,” he added. It's got a brand awareness that's really good. Its success in different markets was quite variable. So depending on who you talk to, they either look at it as a really successful product or as a product that was almost successful but could have done better.”
TS had a very high profile within the industry, among press and game developers and publishers. And certainly within our team there's phenomenal enthusiasm for it and we'd love to do another one. But everyone realises it's a hard commercial climate out there, so you've got to do something that's commercial but still has integrity. That's the balance you're going to have to find.”