The new title is being worked on by a new and reformed Free Radical Design, which will act as a subsidiary of Deep Silver Studio – with two lead devs of the original game franchise backing the project.
After years of anticipation from fans, Free Radical Design has finally reunited as a new and reformed studio to revive the beloved TimeSplitters franchise. The project is being led by two of the core developers of the original TimeSplitters games – Steve Ellis and David Doak.
Deep Silver has announced that some of the core members of Free Radical Design who have worked on the original TimeSplitters titles will be making a return to developing a new TimeSplitters game under the same studio name. The studio development director, Steve Ellis has commented:
“To finally be able to confirm that the studio has been formed and that we have a plan for the next TimeSplitters game is incredible. While we cannot tell you anything more at the moment, we look forward to sharing information in the future.”
However, as exciting as the news of the revival of a fan-favorite franchise is, we believe that it will take Free Radical Design a long time before they can actually start developing the new TimeSplitters game. The team is currently building its own studio in Nottingham.
The first-person shooter series was first released in 2000. It was developed by Steve Ellis, David Doak, Karl Kilton and Graeme Norgate four years after their departure from Rare Studio. The playstation 2 hit gave players an eerily similar feel to Rare Studio’s GoldenEye 007.
After the original title’s success, it received two more sequels. TimeSplitters 2 was released in 2002, and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect was released in 2005. After having struggled to find a publisher for the fourth installment of the franchise, the rights to the franchise lingered at Crytech’s disposal for years. However, Deep Silver Studio’s parent company Koch Media had purchased the rights from Crytech in 2018.