The dev team is being spearheaded by former Free Radical Design employees
Well, it took long enough! But after 21 years since the original game arrived in our lives, it looks like we're getting a new TimeSplitters game for a new generation to enjoy.
Better still, veteran game devs Steve Ellis and David Doak - who worked on the original FPS game in the series - are spearheading the re-formed Free Radical Design development team. Steve's LinkedIn profile had 'Secret Role' at Koch Media/Deep Silver as his occupation, so now it all makes sense!
The previous games have focused on weapon-wielding characters who could travel through time and saw players exploring different time periods across multiple centuries.
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Deep Silver has confirmed that it will be publishing the new TimeSplitters game, and made the announcement public on social media on May 20th, in which they said: "You asked and we listened. We have been working on plans to bring the TimeSplitters franchise back to life, and we are pleased to let you know that we are setting up a new Deep Silver development studio to do just that.
"Free Radical Design is re-forming and will be headed up by industry and TimeSplitters veterans, Steve Ellis and David Doak."
Koch Media (Deep Silver's sister company) acquired the rights to the TimeSplitters franchise back in 2018, which were originally owned by Crytek. There have been three games in the series to date, with highly-rated sequels TimeSplitters 2 and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect arriving in 2002 and 2005 respectively.
The news that a re-formed Free Radical Design is at the wheel with a new confirmed TimeSplitters game will be welcoming to many fans, given the fact that a number of projects had been panned in recent years for a variety of reasons.