Will TimeSplitters 4 Be Free-To-Play?
Though Crytek isn't currently working on TimeSplitters 4, CEO Cevat Yerli says he wishes they were. If they ever do make the long-awaited fourth installment, it won't be a big retail release like fans are expecting.
"The thing with TimeSplitters is, if we made a sequel to TimeSplitters, nobody would accept this apart from some fans, and we don't know how big the fan community is unfortunately," Yerli told CVG. "And we don't want to design this as a packaged goods game that launches on a console, and even if we wanted to I don't think publishers would like the idea. That is the truth, and that was the truth even before we bought Free Radical."
Free Radical, developer of the previous TimeSplitters games, was bought by Crytek in 2009. The studio, later renamed Crytek UK, crafted the multiplayer for Crysis 2. Persistent rumors suggested that they were making TS4. However, Crytek confirmed in April that the game isn't in development.
In this latest interview, Yerli give TimeSplitters fans some reason to dream. He said that he was excited about the possibility of a TS game on G-Face. G-Face, Crytek's new social gaming network, is currently utilized by their free-to-play MMOFPS Warface.
Could the next TimeSplitters be F2P as well? It seems likely. Yerli said in another recent interview that the company was refocusing on F2P development after they completed all the traditional products they're currently contracted for, like Crysis 3. If TS4 isn't in development yet, then it stands to reason that when they do pick up the project, Crytek would do so with a free-to-play business model in mind. One question remains,m though: will they ever make the game?
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