Although not quite Timesplitters 4 as many of you were probably hoping, Timesplitters Rewind is a community led multiplayer compilation of the first three games. Timesplitters Rewind was originally planned for the PC and now, provided they receive the blessing of Crytek, the franchise is set to be on it’s way to the PS4.
We’re actually going to go ahead and start development on PlayStation 4,” said project leader Michael Hubricka “Just because we’re pretty confident Crytek’s going to say go ahead and do it. But we don’t want them saying go ahead and do it when we’re caught with our pants down and we’re like halfway through development and start something for the PlayStation 4.”
So far the developers haven’t announced whether Timesplitters Rewind will be making it’s way to Xbox One as the team’s previous relationship with the Xbox 360 wasn’t necessarily a positive one.
There was a weird process for the Xbox 360 and it was a huge turnoff for me, and they still haven’t really said anything appealing to me that would definitely make me think ‘Okay, let’s do this for the Xbox One’. It doesn’t mean that I don’t want to, because the more the merrier.”
Whilst no other details are confirmed, Twinstick Gaming expect this title to be a download only title due to the lack of single player campaign.
With some of the original Timesplitters team, this will come as fantastic news for fans of the series, as many have had their emotions stretched and torn apart once Free Radical announced they were going into administration back in 2008. This was to be the end of Timesplitters.
For many the original Timesplitters would have been introduced to those who purchased the PS2 at launch. Several of the development team who worked on Goldeneye (N64) and Perfect Dark left Rare Ltd and went on to form Free Radical. Timesplitters was Free Radical’s first project and was incredibly reminiscent of Goldeneye in terms of fast paced arcade shooting action. The un-lockables, varied weaponry and ability for players to create their own levels. You could even fill these personally designed levels with bots to fight against if you were short on friends. All of this made the series a real highlight on PS2, at a time when FPS weren’t necessarily dominated by franchises such as Call of Duty, Battlefield or Halo. The series was allowed to grow and finished with Timesplitters 3: Future Perfect.
So although not Timesplitters 4 the question for Crytek is: will we see it? I know many fans will be screaming ‘yes’ but for me, I have a few niggling issues in the back of my mind. Has it been too long since the last Timesplitters? Will Crytek try to fill us with nostalgia by sticking to the original magic or will they make too many changes that the game will loose it’s appeal to hardcore fans? Should Timesplitters 4 surface, Crytek will have to juggle a delicate balancing act of appeasing old school fans and producing something that doesn’t feel dated. The closest experience to Timesplitters I’ve had in recent year would be Borderlands. Whilst certain aspects are very different, it’s the array of exciting weapon, fast arcade action and humour that is comparable. If Crytek could re-invent the series to match Gearbox’s quality we could be faced with an inspiring return for the franchise.
However, bare in mind, this is the team that brought you the woeful Haze and the less than inspired Homefront. Here’s hoping for better things for the future. Now It’s Time To Split.