Crytek UK, formerly known as Free Radical Design, shot down the latest TimeSplitters 4 rumor today. They denied that they're working on the long-awaited first-person shooter.
"For Timesplitters 4, with ever spiralling development costs, massive teams and endless crunch we decided on a more radical development strategy," Crytek said in a statement sent to CVG. "In short, the experiment was to implement the infinite monkey theorem. With cloning being a far too expensive option, we spent all of the development budget on buying monkeys on the black market."
"Those seven monkeys are now sat in a room with typewriters and lots of mirrors, and we fully expect Timesplitters 4 to be finished soon. Rumours are that they haven't written any code but just tease the press from time to time. Those damn monkeys.
"PS: anyone got any bananas?"
When CVG pressed for a less sarcastic response, the developer simply stated that the game isn't in development. So there.
The rumor from yesterday said that the game was already running. That rumor isn't necessarily false. It's probably just a build of a cancelled project.
The same report from yesterday also indicated that remakes of previous TimeSplitters games could be released. I hope that happens, even if TS4 never sees the light of day.