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Submitted by Valay 1169d ago | news

Former Free Radical staffers on what happened to TimeSplitters 4, lack of publisher interest

TimeSplitters 4 was officially revealed in 2007. A year later, developer Free Radical Design went into administration. (PS3, Timesplitters 4, Wii, Xbox 360)

Snookies12  +   1169d ago
Lack of publisher interest!?!? GAHHHH, just put up a dang kickstarter then!
Freak of Nature  +   1169d ago
I totally agree! I would support this in a flash. We need games like this. How some games get the green light, and then games /series like this get no support is mind-boggling...

I sure hope this sees the light of day someday, if not it will be a real shame...
Rupee  +   1169d ago
They have a petition online:

If there are enough 300,000 signatures Crytek will seriously consider developing another game or at least an HD collection. I'd encourage all you guys to sign if you're interested. :)

*edit* here's a link to their Facebook page as well:
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Enigma_2099  +   1168d ago
No need to sign that. Just wait until Crytek needs money.
DOMination-  +   1168d ago
TS2 is one if my favourite games if all time but honestly if you play it now its awful. If they rerelease then it would have to be a full remake.
NYC_Gamer  +   1169d ago
I can't stand the politics that goes on within the gaming industry
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hennessey86  +   1169d ago
Say time splitters was getting a bit boring in the end so I'm not really bothered about another one
-Mika-  +   1169d ago
I agree. It was a pretty overrated series. I played the games and It wasn't really anything special. I remember picking up one of these titles and the story was non-existent. I remember finally finishing the game and the character just flies off into space and then the credits rolls. I was pissed.
jimmywolf  +   1169d ago
@hennessey86 an -Mika-

am sure you both trolling hence 1 bubble but everyone has freedom of speech

what made the series enjoyably was the over the top action it also had variety of game modes achievements even had level editor in one them which was fun
DA_SHREDDER  +   1169d ago

Noobs will never understand.
Eyeco  +   1169d ago
That was Timesplitters 2 easily one of the best console shooters ever made, so what about the story ? that wasn't the main attraction of the game, it was the fast paced arcade gameplay, ridiculous characters, and crazy guns, the game had allot of charm, and was increibly lighthearted something thats non existent in todays pretentious, political war shooters like COD playing those games with 2-4 of your friends is ridiculously fun, i miss those days. :-(
execution17  +   1169d ago
what?! all 3 of them were amazing, idk how many hours I played playing splitscreen with my friends just about every night
Locksus  +   1169d ago
The only TS game I've ever played was TS2 and I have very good memories of that one.
Venox2008  +   1169d ago
I actually loved Timesplitters: future perfect.. didnt like second too much, but future perfect had awesome humorous story and everything else was good
iNMyFiN4LH0uR  +   1169d ago
I think the publishers had a point, although timesplitters remains one one of the best multiplayer splitscreen experiences last gen, this developer had a disastrous start to the current gen by putting out Haze. So i can understand the skepticism of a publisher that is about to invest a couple million in a project.
jimmywolf  +   1169d ago
if that true their best bet is remake HD collection to prove their still demand for a sequel an generate interest for the series again

or worse case scenario am sure they break even an be proven right the series is dead or not popular enough to remake
Eyeco  +   1169d ago
But then look at Borderlands , i know there different games but there in the same ballpark, colourful characters , various enviroment's , light hearted humor, Co-op/ multiplayer focused, fast paced, arcady gameplay.

Borderlands 1 sold surprisingly well something like 4.5 million copies thats incredible for a new ip and especially for such an obscure genre, there is an audience for a game like Timesplitters, a game like that would easily stand out in a industry saturated in , grey, blood soaked, military, shooters easily. It just needs clever marketing.
FlairSomewhere  +   1168d ago
Haze had so much hype going in!
And then it was announced that 360 & pc development had ceased...
J86blum  +   1169d ago
Best couch splitscreen games from last gen:
1.Timesplitters 1-4(Nothing like running around as the smallest character so everyone had to aim down.)
2.Turok 1&2(Cerebral bore' nuff said.)
3.N64 Goldeneye (Remote mines with the infinit cheat on in multiplayer)
4.N64 WCW games (remeber everyone picking Goldberg and spearing everyone.)

...ok Now I want to get the N64 out, some controlls, friends over, and some booze'. Is it weird I enjoyed those more then Gears of War, Call of Duty, and games of now. Im not jaded or acting like an elitist, just way better times.
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BitbyDeath  +   1169d ago
It's a shame cause this game could have been as popular if not more popular than COD if it were focused on properly.
soundslike  +   1169d ago
" “that you can’t market a game that is based around a diverse set of characters and environments – you need a clear and easily communicated marketing message, and TimeSplitters doesn’t have one.”"

This is just...the worst. To play on their terms, however, you could easily craft an image for TS. ADHD crazy cartoon action.

Make a bunch of commercials with monkeys running around with bazookas. After they kill several future theme'd robots, show them hopping through a portal to 18th century England where a guy steps into frame with a blunderbuss and an army of zombies and says something short, snappy, and with a heavy cockney accent. Something like " 'ullo dearies". Zoom out and show aliens in space about to fire down on the whole scenario. Someone busts through a portal on the UFO, killing the aliens and taking control of the UFO only to crash it into big ben. TIMESPLITTERS, BITCH.

approx run time: 30 sec
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PSG4MER  +   1168d ago
I liked the Time Splitters series and hope it will return one day..
solid_warlord  +   1168d ago
I would like to know, how the fuck is Crysis better than Timesplitters..Crysis is just an average shooter with above average graphics.

What were Crytek thinking when they brought Free Radical, use them to create the multiplayer for crysis which was in my words "crap".

Timesplitters was the funnest game ever, it wasnt serious or anything. Jusdt pure "Fun"..u dont see that these days.
The game modes such as virus & bagtag were just awesome.
CanadianTurtle  +   1168d ago
Completely agree!

I've beaten Crysis 2 and it really was one of the most mediocore experiences I have ever played on my PS3. Completely bland gameplay. Broken uses of armor mode and invisibility. Terrible physics on the PS3 version. Just a well around boring game.

Time Splitters 4 would've been a great addition to a sea full of military shooters, so we gamers can finally say. "Its a unique shooter! Can it really be?" I love that feeling
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Smokingunz  +   1168d ago
The same can be said about a lot of games now a days and they still get published. Time splitters is a great shooter, at least the first two one's were. People have to u derstand that the original creaters which were a lot of x rare members are probably not even with free radical anymore. So that creative magic wouldn't be there anymore.

Shooters have come a long way from then to now and free radical would have to step it up to likes and maturity of the modern day shooters like call of duty, criss and resistance just to name a few.

I think free radical shoukd just move on for now to another project or perhaps a more dark fps and if its successful then tbey can give ts another go. Im always looking forward to a time splitters game.

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