We brought you the sad news last week that Free Radical had entered "administration" and were clearly in dire financial straits. Bankruptcy may be imminent, but that doesn't necessarily mean their projects will die out entirely.

As some of you may know, Free Radical was currently working on TimeSplitters 4 , which would've been a hotly anticipated title. All previous installments in the series have been excellent; they were received extremely well by most critics and fans loved them. In fact, we distinctly recall a lot of TS loyalists claiming the online play in TimeSplitters 2 was better than it was in Halo . It was also one of the first FPS franchises to allow for such freedom of player-oriented level design. Therefore, it would be a shame to take TS4 behind the shed as if it were Old Yeller, and it appears that certain publishers want to save it. According to a variety of rumored information, despite the Haze debacle, there should be a few takers out there if Free Radical could manage to complete TimeSplitters 4 . Either that, or the downed developer could sell the rights to making the game to another studio, and they could finish the work. The bottom line is this- if there's interest, a game isn't necessarily dead and buried.

The same goes for Star Wars: Battlefront 3 , by the way. There's no knowing exactly how this whole fiasco will turn out for Free Radical, but if you've been anxiously awaiting either of these titles, stay tuned for more updates. They may survive somehow or another…

Related Game(s): TimeSplitters 4

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Godslim
Godslim
12 years ago

ahhh man plz make both i luved them on ps2

The_Benny
The_Benny
12 years ago

Last I heard, the Star Wars game they were working on had already been taken from them months ago and given to the people who did the PSP version (Rebellion?). According to the reports it was one of the things that sunk them, they no longer had any income while working on Timesplitters and after Haze no publishers were confident enough in their next-gen ability to take TS on.

Regardless, it's disappointing to see them fail like this. It would also be quite sad if the publishers who didn't want to publish TS end up picking the franchise out of Free Radical's corpse and giving it to somebody else.

OhYessss
OhYessss
12 years ago

Sierra meet Timesplitters. Timesplitters meet Sierra.

God forbid!

The_Vandelizer
The_Vandelizer
12 years ago

is Free Radical PS3-Only?

The_Benny
The_Benny
12 years ago

Nope, they're independent. The original Timesplitters was only on the PS2 but the others have been multiplatform, and while Haze was ultimately released as an exclusive it was originally planned for the 360 and PC too.

Of course, they (or their IPs) could become exclusives if certain companies decide to buy them, but coming off of Haze they don't have a great reputation, which is partly why they're now in this situation.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Someone will snap it up.

ArnoldK PSXE
ArnoldK PSXE
12 years ago

What a shame. It's not quite FRD's fault for Haze…it was Ubisoft that green-lit the project, it was Ubisoft that ultimately forced FRD to rush and finish it, and it was Ubisoft who came up with the game and concept too, if I recall.

I'd imagine other publishers were smart enough to see that yes, even though Free Radical developed a sh*tty game, it wasn't entirely their fault.


Last edited by ArnoldK PSXE on 12/22/2008 2:03:17 PM

The_Benny
The_Benny
12 years ago

It does seem that nobody was willing to pick up Timesplitters 4 though. That was reported as the final nail in the coffin, that Free Radical went to one last meeting with a publisher to try and get them to agree to publish TS4 and weren't successful. To quote Edge's initial report:

""They had already started working on TimeSplitters 4, and had been for over a year, but due to the failure of Haze and the deal falling through with Lucas, they couldn't get a publisher to back them. They had a last ditch attempt last week down South somewhere, but it came to nothing so I think that was the last hope.""

So publishers did seem to blame FRD and couldn't count on them making a successful game, regardless of whether Haze was actually their fault. Which, again, is disappointing.

seismictech
seismictech
12 years ago

no! i want timesplitters 4, 2 and 3 were awesome.

supremekai
supremekai
12 years ago

Maybe Sony should publish the game. xD

seismictech
seismictech
12 years ago

that would be sweet.

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
12 years ago

Old Yeller!!! O' so cold LOL!