After Free Radical hit the skids, it was Crytek who swooped in and saved the falling studio. Ever since then, the TimeSplitters fans have been asking: "where's our TS4?"
Well, at the very least, Crytek isn't ruling it out. They still want to focus on Crysis 2 until it's out the door – and that project has already suffered one delay – so we probably won't hear anything concrete for a while. Even so, studio head Cevat Yerli told CVG that they've been "discussing it" and "let's see after Crysis 2 ." Although Free Radical enjoyed plenty of success thanks to the popular TimeSplitters franchise, they made the mistake of releasing the mediocre Haze and after that, the studio was forced into administration at the end of 2008. Crytek picked them up and has since been called Crytek UK, and Yerli hasn't regretted the move:
"I love working with our UK friends. The team has been performing up to the quality bar easily. Our thinking was that the team had done 80-85 rated games, and we thought that with the right technology, IP and global IP direction they could reach the 90 barrier. I'm very confident that they can do that.
Today we have around 70 plus team members working on multiplayer only. That's a huge commitment from our company and was only possible because Free Radical had that capacity and was able to grow quite fast after we took it over."
The last entry in the TS franchise was TimeSplitters: Future Perfect , and like the other titles, it was immensely enjoyable. Here's hoping that once Crysis 2 is out the door, they'll start working on the next TimeSplitters . …however, we do get the feeling it'll be significantly altered if the project does go forward. It seems inevitable.