TimeSplitters was an awesome franchise. And it's too bad that developer Free Radical went kaput after the ill-fated Haze .
But the good news is that Crytek snapped up the Free Radical guys, and they're taking notice of a TimeSplitters 4 Facebook fan page .
The goal is to get 100,000 signatures and if that happens…well, there's no guarantee that Crytek will immediately start work on a new TimeSplitters , but at least the fans would've made their point. One ex Free Radical employee, Graeme Norgate (a music composer on past TS titles), said he'd contribute a victory theme song if they hit that goal, and a senior Crytek artist says he'll toss in a character design for the series if the page gets more than 1,000 Likes. …oops wait, already happened! Better get drawin, buddy.
Okay, so it's true that a cartoony shooter like TimeSplitters might have a tough time in this new landscape of totally authentic, gritty, bloody, hard-hitting FPSs. But if the fanbase is still there, we don't have a problem…right?
Oh, and here's a Tweet from Crytek boss Cevat Yerli:
"I had 2 interviews that provoked this question, how big is the Timesplitters Community? Let me hear you!! TS2 rocks, one of my alltime favs!"