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lcroft_lc
27-04-12, 13:04
"We spent all of the development budget on buying monkeys"

Crytek UK, the studio formally known as Free Radical, has officially responded to fresh rumours that TimeSplitters 4 (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=345074) is in the works at the Nottingham-based developer.

http://cdn.medialib.computerandvideogames.com/screens/screenshot_186546_thumb_wide300.jpg (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/viewer.php?mode=article&id=186546)
Speaking to CVG this afternoon, a company spokesperson joked that it's "spent all of the development budget on buying monkeys (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=345574)." Quizzed for a more serious answer, the company confirmed: "No, it's not in development." Disappointing news for fans then.

The TimeSplitters FPS series has been on a hiatus since the 2005 release of the third game, TimeSplitters: Future Perfect on PS2, Xbox and GameCube.

A fourth game has been rumoured for some time, most recently by a report citing a 'high-ranking industry source at Crytek' which claimed development on the fourth game is underway (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/307242/xbox-720-reveal-within-a-year-timesplitters-4-coming-rumour/) with a plan for its release on the next-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox 3 consoles.

Developer Crytek UK - originally Free Radical before Crytek rescued it from meltdown (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/207378/news/crytek-saves-free-radical/) - officially confirmed to CVG back in 2007 (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/169743/news/timesplitters-4-first-details/) that work on Timesplitters 4 had begun. It even released concept art (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/198667/news/first-look-at-timesplitters-4/) before its long-time no-show stirred up rumours of its cancellation (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/268673/news/is-time-splitters-4-still-dead/).

Here's the fun Crytek statement, anyway, for the LOLs:

"For Timesplitters 4, with ever spiralling development costs, massive teams and endless crunch we decided on a more radical development strategy.

"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?"

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/345587/timesplitters-4-is-not-in-development-crytek-confirms/

Palace Midas
27-04-12, 13:38
These Crytec guys are assholes! Sorry for saying this but c'mon, first they let the fans wait for years and then they come up with this stuff. Like the world really need a realistic-warfare-type-of-game #500?! TS4 was the only chance for a good-old fun-shooter. But no, let's concentrate on a hyper-realistic shooter...again. I miss the era where FPS games where much more different from each other in terms of style and approach. Any way, this is sad. Crytec sucks big time! Instead of letting good-old Free Radical (Crytec UK) making their own (unique) type of games, they use them as an extra team for these generic Crysis games. How original...

By the way, thanks for the update:)

jarekhanzelka
27-04-12, 13:45
^
1. It's Crytek.
2. Crysis is anything but a generic shooter. The second one perhaps got there a little, but the first one still is one of the most tactics-based, freedom-offering and playful shooters to exist.
3. Realistic? I don't remember Crysis was ever supposed to be realistic. :confused:
4. TS4 was the only chance for a good-old fun-shooter? Come on, look around. There's plenty, and I mean plenty of shooters that fit that category.

TR FAN 18
27-04-12, 16:51
TS was one of the few FPS series I liked. It's sad to see that there will not be a 4th game. :(
I would've loved this with online play. Why not give us an HD collection on XBLA or PSN at least?

oocladableeblah
27-04-12, 17:10
Well that sucks. I was really looking forward to TS4. It's my favorite FPS series.

Carbonek_0051
27-04-12, 19:36
^
1. It's Crytek.
2. Crysis is anything but a generic shooter. The second one perhaps got there a little, but the first one still is one of the most tactics-based, freedom-offering and playful shooters to exist.
3. Realistic? I don't remember Crysis was ever supposed to be realistic. :confused:
4. TS4 was the only chance for a good-old fun-shooter? Come on, look around. There's plenty, and I mean plenty of shooters that fit that category.

This.

Palace Midas
30-04-12, 12:09
^
1. It's Crytek.

Right...

2. Crysis is anything but a generic shooter. The second one perhaps got there a little, but the first one still is one of the most tactics-based, freedom-offering and playful shooters to exist.

With generic i meant the overall tone and style of the game. Almost every shooter is about warfare or bad-ass space marines with special armor or something.

3. Realistic? I don't remember Crysis was ever supposed to be realistic. :confused:

Realistic in a bad-ass and serious way. TS was cartoon-like with lots of crazy stuff.

4. TS4 was the only chance for a good-old fun-shooter? Come on, look around. There's plenty, and I mean plenty of shooters that fit that category.

I see you never played any TS game. Plenty of shooters that look like TS...ehm...where can i find these games:o Border Lands looks toony but it's way different compared to TS. GoldenEye 007 sucks: just another victim of the COD craze instead of an improvement to the original.

Thanks for sharing your opinion though. I asume you are a fan of Crytec..ehm...Crytek's Crysis games. Any way, my whole point was that there are way too many serious FPS games and that there is less variaty then back in the old days. I grew up with the NES and played a lot of different shooters on the PC, N64 and Gamecube. Turok, Doom, Perfect Dark, Wolfenstein...etc. Now its more like COD, COD, COD and Battlefield.

Weemanply109
30-04-12, 15:23
^Stay mad.

Seriously, though. You're overreacting.

jarekhanzelka
30-04-12, 15:30
I said there's plenty good-old fun-shooters out there, not that they look like TS. I didn't know it was about the looks when it comes to being good old fun...

...and no, I'm not that much of a fan of the Crysis games, but what I stated there were simple facts. I am a fan of Crytek, though. What they managed with Far Cry back in the day was spectacular.

Palace Midas
30-04-12, 21:40
Well, sorry for my overreacting i guess. It's just that it is so annoying that after many years waiting and online petitions, they are not even working on TS4. TS in general reminded me so much of GoldenEye and Perfect Dark but had his own unique style at the same time. Sure, there are more fun-shooters these days but TS had a charm that goes back to the old-school splitscreen mayhem. Instead of making both Crysis and TS4....it's just Crysis. What was Crytek UK (Free Radical) doing all these years? Sad...

Or maybe they are teasing us with that Monkey stuff. Maybe it's a joke...

Palace Midas
03-05-12, 15:40
Steve Ellis about Timesplitters 4:

“I spent the whole of 2008 going round talking to publishers trying to sign up Timesplitters 4. There just isn't the interest there in doing anything that tries to step away from the rules of the genre - no one wants to do something that's quirky and different, because it's too much of a risk. And a large part of that is the cost of doing it.”

“Nobody really buys any FPSes unless they're called Call Of Duty. I guess Battlefield did okay, but aside from that pretty much every FPS loses money. I mean, (look at) Crysis 2: great game, but there's no way it came anywhere close to recouping its dev costs."

Sad...

jarekhanzelka
03-05-12, 16:07
And that's why you should stray way into the depths of the indie scene and even the freeware scene. You very easily might find you new favourite game there...

TR FAN 18
03-05-12, 16:38
"Nobody really buys any FPSes unless they're called Call Of Duty."

In the style of Comic Book Guy, WORST... EXCUSE... EVER! :mad:

ace_85
03-05-12, 22:13
^ But nonetheless probably true. CoD and its rabidly fantic user-base have pretty much got the FPS genre sewn up these days. What's the point of going up against the biggest franchise in gaming if, as in all likelihood, you're going to lose your profits?

Whether or not you or I like it (and for the record, I don't - I think slavish monogamy to a single franchise is pathetic) many people, if they're going to buy an FPS, will only bother with one; and that will be this years' new CoD model. Simply saying 'Chill out, dude - go indie' doesn't really wash with me because there's no denying that behemoth titles like CoD are truly choking competition out of the market. And I don't care who you are, it's impossible to argue that having less choice of AAA titles as a consumer - which is the ultimate net result of this sort of affair - is a good thing. I hope Timesplitters does see the light of day, because the previous titles were among those rarest of games; the ones with a sense of humour that managed to be great fun whilst not taking themselves too seriously.

Sadly I don't think today's FPS scene has room for anything like that, though

strawberry22
05-06-12, 12:27
Sorry for bumping :p

This is extremely upsetting. Timesplitters is and always will be my favourite FPS. The originality and freedom of the game makes it so fun and the controls are silky, so why let go of something so good? I say they shut the hell up about bloody monkeys and make an effort.

Poke Warrior
05-06-12, 12:41
This sucks.

lcroft_lc
03-10-12, 13:14
Crytek: "We'd love to do TimeSplitters"

Crytek producer Peter Holzapfel admitted that the studio would "love to do" a TimeSplitters game.

Holzapfel was at Eurogamer Expo to talk about Warface, the forthcoming free-to-play shooter from Crytek. We'll have the full interview on NowGamer tomorrow.

But even though he was there to talk about Warface, and even though we knew he was probably dreading the TimeSplitters questions, we couldn't help but ask anyway - were there any updates on Crytek doing TimeSplitters 4?

"TimeSplitters eh?" he replied. "We'd love to do that one. We love that game."

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has previously said the studio will do TimeSplitters 4 if interest is high enough, which in turn sparked the creation of Facebook fan group TimeSplitters 4 PLZ (https://www.facebook.com/Timesplitters4PLZ), currently chasing 100,000 members.

Source (http://www.nowgamer.com/news/1615761/crytek_wed_love_to_do_timesplitters.html)

oocladableeblah
04-10-12, 07:29
They better do it! I want another Timesplitters. Such a great FPS series.

spikejones
04-10-12, 07:52
I had no idea it was a series. I got future perfect on X box just before game stores stopped carrying old X box games. It really is a wonderful game and I loved the zombie mansion level. I played the co-op story with my nephew and lol'd when he became the girl.

EscondeR
04-10-12, 08:10
^
1. It's Crytek.
2. Crysis is anything but a generic shooter. The second one perhaps got there a little, but the first one still is one of the most tactics-based, freedom-offering and playful shooters to exist.
3. Realistic? I don't remember Crysis was ever supposed to be realistic. :confused:
4. TS4 was the only chance for a good-old fun-shooter? Come on, look around. There's plenty, and I mean plenty of shooters that fit that category.

Yup.
To add: Crysis was [nearly] perfect. Crysis 2 was console crap :mad: