You know what first-person shooters need? Monkeys. We had them, once upon a time, but the cruel tide of fate snatched them from our fingers and replaced them with stoic blood-stained warriors, all knotted jaws and angry scowls.
The story of Free Radical Design begins with one of gaming's milestones, and after almost nine years it ended with the studio's blood on several publisher's hands. Founded in April 1999, the Nottingham-based studio created the much-loved shooter series TimeSplitters and third-person psychic drama Second Sight during the PS2 era. But Haze, the company's final game, received a critical mauling, sold poorly, and shortly afterwards Free Radical entered administration.