It’s happening, after many years of rumours and the ownership of the Timesplitters IP bouncing across half the gaming world, Deep Silver have confirmed that a new Timesplitters game will begin production and it will be at a new studio, Free Radical Design.
If that name rings a bell it’s because it’s the name of the studio that originally created the series and the reformed studio will be headed by Steve Ellis, one of the creators of the original series.
A new Deep Silver Studio is coming – Free Radical Design pic.twitter.com/N5qTTcZfsW
— Official Deep Silver (@deepsilver) May 20, 2021
It’s taken quite a while to get things moving, Steve Ellis joined THQ Nordic to help them work on a new game way back in the middle of 2019. The news was revealed via they rather dry Interim Report Q1, April-June 2019 document.
Last year Deep Silver acquired the much-loved TimeSplitters IP. We’re delighted to announce that one of the series’ creators, Steve Ellis, has joined us to help plot the future course for this franchise.
The original series kicked off way back on PlayStation 2 in the year 2000 and was followed by a numbered sequel and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, all of which scored highly in reviews and became firm fan favourites.
A fourth game was rumoured to be in production at Free Radical in 2007 but in 2009 Crytek snapped up the studio and put the game on hold, renaming the studio to Crytek UK. By 2012 the game had been cancelled.
In 2013 Steve Ellis seemed to have given up, “I don’t think there’s any chance that’s [TimeSplitters 4] going to happen, ” he said, “You always got to the point where the marketing person in the room would say ‘I don’t know how to sell this’ because they want a character that they can put on the front of the box.”
In 2014 Crytek were in financial trouble and sold Homefront 2, which Crytek UK were working on, to Deep Silver, and shut down the studio, but most the staff immediately joined the new Dambuster Studios to continue to work on the game. Deep Silver’s parent company, Koch Media, had recently been bought by THQ Nordic.
In August 2018 Crytek were in financial trouble (again) and sold the TimeSplitters franchise to THQ Nordic along with Second Sight, meaning the TimeSplitters IP was once again, via a very convoluted path, the franchise was reunited with the team who made it. .