Beloved British shooter series TimeSplitters has been bought by Koch Media, and it sounds like something is in the works.
It feels like the world may never see another TimeSplitters - the humour-infused first-person shooter series from defunct British developer Free Radical Design.
It's a huge shame - 2000's TimeSplitters, 2002's TimeSplitters 2 and 2005's TimeSplitters: Future Perfect were some of the best shooters of their generation, made by many of the same team behind the legendary 007: Goldeneye. There's not been much like them since.
It's widely known that a fourth TimeSplitters was once in development - firstly at Free Radical Design in 2007, and then again after the studio rebranded as Crytek UK. But nothing ever got far enough to be announced.
A Crytek-authorised TimeSplitters game is in development for PC, built using the publisher's sparkly CryEngine 3.
Will Crytek UK (formerly Free Radical) ever make TimeSplitters 4? It looks more and more unlikely.
Ex-Free Radical Design developers have revealed why publishers turned down TimeSplitters 4, pointing the finger at the poor reception to Haze and difficulty marketing the brand.
Fan interest in the TimeSplitters series needs to be higher if publisher Crytek is to consider another game, the company's boss has said.
TimeSplitters 2 developer Free Radical Design had an HD version of the game in development before the studio shut down, an ex-staff member has revealed.
Interest in a revival of the TimeSplitters series is "not high enough yet" for franchise owner Crytek, the publisher has announced.
The Timesplitters series could see a resurrection on Crytek's GFACE free-to-play platform, so says company founder Cevat Yerli.
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.
Almost every first person shooter released today loses money, according to the co-founder of Free Radical, the now-defunct UK studio responsible for the TimeSplitters franchise.
TimeSplitters 4 is not in development, IP holder Crytek has said.
Former Free Radical Design and Rare developers have joined forces to create a new studio.
The next Xbox requires an always-on internet connection, according to a VG247 report.
Video game graphics achieved using the DirectX 11 standard provide a solid indication of the visual power of the next Xbox and PlayStation, Eurogamer has been told.
The Xbox 360's successor will likely debut at E3 2012, with Timesplitters 4 among the titles in development for the new machine, according to a new report.
In 2009, after slipping into administration following the failure of PS3-exclusive shooter Haze, Free Radical Design was bought by Crytek and renamed Crytek UK. The Nottingham studio then set upon work on the multiplayer portion of next year's Crysis 2.
Crytek UK is talking with various publishers about the possibility of creating a brand new TimeSplitters game, Eurogamer can reveal.
Independent UK studio Free Radical Design closed its doors this morning, our sister site GamesIndustry.biz
Free Radical wants help deciding what platforms to make TimeSplitters 4 for.
Free Radical has super-duper-double-confirmed that TimeSplitters 4 is in development through a post on its (currently borked) website.
"It's back!" the announcement post began. "Featuring even more crazy characters, devastating weapons and heart pounding hot sweaty action. It's funny, it's frantic and it'll do things you've never seen before! No, not naked girls, even better than that!
"We can't tell you the details yet, the monkeys have a loaded banana pressed against our skull, but this game will take the first person shooter to gaming nirvana. Save the world or die laughing, Timesplitters 4 is coming to getcha!"
Free Radical creative director David Doak says that he would like to see TimeSplitters 4 on Wii.
Developer Free Radical has confirmed that TimeSplitters 4 is in development.