With the newly launched petition to get a Timesplitters HD release, Crytek has begun to discuss the possibility, or lack thereof, of a Timesplitters 4. The petition needs to amass 300,000 signatures, which will promote serious discussion – and thus likely pre-proudction – on a future for the shooter franchise. At the time of publication, the petition has received approximately 60,000 signatures. The last game in the franchise – Timesplitters: Future Perfect – released in 2005.
The relatively low numbers for the petition have prompted skepticism from Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli on not only the HD re-release of the series, but production on a potential Timesplitters 4.
“Unfortunately the petition doesn’t look that convincing,” Yerli surmised. “If the petition picks up it will be an even better argument for us…If they could get the petition together I would be very happy to put in front of decision makers in the company, the key stakeholders, and say, ‘Look here. This is how it is, let’s make it now.'”
Crytek acquired the financially wounded Free Radical Design in 2009, along with the Timesplitters IP, helping the original designers of the series avoid Administration. Original staff from the series have been made into the Crytek UK team, which would handle any new or HD re-masterings of the IP, should the petition successfully garner the necessary signatures.
Report filed by Rakan Stanbouly