Crytek CEO and president Cevat Yerli has offered the enthusiastic TimeSplitters fan base a sliver of hope.
Since the release of TimeSplitters: Future Perfect back in 2005, fans have been calling for the series to be resurrected. A fourth edition was in pre-production in 2009, but it disappeared when developer Free Radical went into administration.
Crytek picked up Free Radical, acquiring the TimeSplitter IP at the same time.
“There is actually a petition running online trying to bring the [TimeSplitters] fan base together,” Yerli told Game Informer.
“But unfortunately the petition doesn’t look that convincing. If the petition picks up it will be an even better argument for us.
“At a personal level, I’m a big fan of TimeSplitters 2. For me, I would love to see the game out there, as a new-born HD version or what not. I definitely would love to see it. But the case of turning this into a business decision is still difficult, despite the fact that there was a Twitter request feed to test the waters.
“There’s a very hardcore market that is very verbal about it. I would love to see this, and if the fan base approves a further petition. They’re trying to call 300,000 voices, I think it’s at two or three thousand right now. If they could get the petition together I would be very happy to put in front of decision makers in the company, the key stakeholders, and say ‘Look here. This is how it is, let’s make it now’.”
The petition can be found here. At the time of writing it has 33,000 signatures.