An image showing characters from TimeSplitters has surfaced online and sparked talk of the beloved series’ sequel in development. While the last game in the series was released in 2005, the developers reformed in 2021 to work on a new TimeSplitters game.
Launched on PS2 as an exclusive, TimeSplitters launched in 2000 and became a cult classic that spawned two sequels. Developed by Free Radical Design, which included members who worked on N64 classcis GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark, the series became known for its outlandish character designs, smooth gameplay, and surprisingly deep multiplayer and level designs.
A leaked image that appears to be from the offices of the reformed team, which shows characters on a wall, may be designs for the TimeSplitters currently in development. The characters on the wall look like Cyberfairy, Overall Mutant and Sergio, while the machine looks like Robot Louis Stevenson. The image appeared online a few weeks ago, but has made new rounds due to a new position on Reddit.
Although the source of the image is unknown, the designs are undoubtedly TimeSplitters, featuring the same cartoony aesthetic albeit with more realistic designs than during the PS2 era. The image is unconfirmed as an official design, but we know the game is in development.
Last May, publisher Deep Silver announced that it had reformed Free Radical Design, with founders Steve Ellis and David Doak on board to once again lead the studio to work on the series. “To finally be able to confirm that the studio has been formed and that we have a plan for the next TimeSplitters game is incredible,” Ellis said in a statement at the time.
Deep Silver owners Koch Media (part of the Embracer Group) acquired the TimeSplitters intellectual property from Crytek in 2018. The reformed Free Radical Design is based in Nottingham, England, and its LinkedIn page says it is “dedicated to advancing the TimeSplitters brand”. and that he is looking for “outstanding developers” for his team.
TimeSplitters were acclaimed games with a goofy, humorous, and wonderfully anarchic approach, with a light-hearted style that was a million miles from the serious bombshell of other shooter series like Call of Duty. From the comments under the leaked image, it seems many are excited about the possibility of a return to form for the series.
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