Okay, the statement is funny but we're still disappointed.
Way back in 2007, it was confirmed that TimeSplitters 4 was in the works at Crytek UK. After Haze tanked, Crytek had to save Radical Entertainment and ever since that time, fans of the esteemed TimeSplitters series have been waiting on news of a fresh installment.
Unfortunately, a studio spokesperson has confirmed to CVG that in fact, the project doesn't appear to be happening. …well, it might, provided all the monkeys the grabbed on the black market can figure out how to write code. Lost? Yeah, here's the statement:
"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?"
See now, that's humorous. But we still wish TimeSplitters wouldn't disappear; it's one of our favorite franchises of all time, and we could use a lighthearted FPS with kind of a cool story and fantastic environments. Oh well. And we have no faith in monkeys.