In a recent interview with videogamer.com, the CEO of Crytek, Cevat Yerli, talked about the future of Crytek and their shift to the free-to-play model. The interview wrapped up with Yerli admitting that even though he loves the TimeSplitters franchise, especially the multiplayer, it just is not currently feasible for Crytek to develop a new TimeSplitters game. Crytek acquired Free Radical 2009 while they were potentially developing a new TimeSplitters game.
According to Yerli, publishers aren’t willing to back another Timesplitters and Crytek isn’t willing to spend “money on [TimeSplitters] in a retail business.”
There is a silver lining to this sad cloud. Yerli spends most of the interview talking about Crytek’s social entertainment platform GFACE. GFACE will not only include social elements like chatting and lobby management but also Crytek’s line of free-to-play games. Yerli loves the idea “of a Timesplitters running on GFACE.” If there is enough backing and the fans are “loud enough” there is a good possibility TimeSplitters might reappear on GFACE.
What does this all mean? If TimeSplitters is going to return, it is most likely going to be reborn as some kind of free-to-play title on GFACE that may or may not be a multiplayer-only affair.
Personally I am a huge fan of the TimeSplitters series and would definitely enjoy a new chapter in the series. If you would be interested in another game of time traveling monkeys, then sound off in the comments.