When Free Radical was forced to close its doors late last year, we figured the possibility of a new TimeSplitters closed with them. But then Crytek came to the rescue and since then, they've become Crytek UK and are in the process of working on Crysis 2 for next-gen consoles and the PC.
But when asked, the team would always say that TimeSplitters 4 might still happen if the fans wanted it. There was also a rumor going around that Crytek had started work on a different FPS and the die-hard TS fans automatically chose to assume it's the aforementioned franchise's fourth installment. Unfortunately, that idea has been dealt a significant blow , as Crytek UK's "unofficial blog" says they are indeed working on a new FPS…but it ain't TimeSplitters 4 . They do, however, say it's original and will boast multiplayer and single-player quality similar to what we're used to from the TS series. Said Karl Hilton:
"This could possibly be bad news for the future of TimeSplitters 4 as new ideas are being put forward while TimeSplitters 4 is being left behind."
But if you still want to lobby for TS4, feel free . You just need to give voice to your opinion, and make sure that Crytek UK hears it. You never know what might happen in the future and besides, we're always interested to hear about any project that uses that very sweet CryEngine. And Hilton does say that if the demand is there, when the time comes, they'll be "ready for it." Well, let's hope so.