Writer Deep Silver has introduced the reformation of TimeSplitters developer Free Radical Design. Not solely that, however the studio’s first order of enterprise is reviving the long-dormant shooter franchise. Whereas the one motion the sequence has seen in a very long time got here within the type of secret playable ranges from TimeSplitters 2 in Homefront: The Revolution, the franchise hasn’t seen a correct new launch since 2005’s TimeSplitters: Future Good. That modifications now, as Deep Silver has introduced that growth is formally underway for a brand new TimeSplitters sport.
The brand new model of Free Radical Design options key members of the unique crew, together with founders Steve Ellis and David Doak (each of whom additionally labored on beloved video games like GoldenEye 007 and Good Darkish whereas at Uncommon). The unique studio was bought by Crytek and rebranded as Crytek UK in 2009, however was shut down in 2014, with a lot of the employees transferring to the then-newly shaped Homefront: The Revolution developer Deep Silver Dambuster Studio.
In 2018, Deep Silver house owners Koch Media bought the TimeSplitters IP, making Free Radical Design a Deep Silver studio. Now, the reformed studio’s members hope to capitalize upon the 22 years of historical past and return to the crew’s roots with a brand new TimeSplitters sport.
“To lastly have the ability to verify that the studio has been shaped and that we’ve a plan for the following TimeSplitters sport is unbelievable,” Ellis, now the studio growth director, stated in a press launch. “Whereas we can’t inform you something extra in the meanwhile, we look ahead to sharing data sooner or later.”
In line with that very same press launch, the crew on the reformed Free Radical Design will start growth on the following TimeSplitters sport within the coming months. Within the meantime, the employees is specializing in constructing the studio within the Nottingham, U.Ok. space. Extra employment alternatives to help growth on this subsequent TimeSplitters sport will likely be posted and marketed on the studio because the crew staffs up.
Following a PlayStation 2-exclusive debut title in 2000, the TimeSplitters franchise went multiplatform, with each 2002’s TimeSplitters 2 and 2005’s TimeSplitters: Future Good launching on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube. Regardless of receiving constructive evaluations, with Metacritic scores firmly entrenched within the 80s (the PS2 model of TimeSplitters 2 even has a Metacritic rating of 90), the sequence has not seen a brand new entry since 2005.
There are not any extra particulars on the fourth TimeSplitters sport, however hopefully we’ll hear extra in regards to the mission quickly.