With THQ Nordic at the helm
This is not a drill. THQ Nordic has declared that the TimeSplitters franchise is formally currently making a comeback.
Last year THQ Nordic acquired the rights into the TimeSplitters IP, but we’ve been in the dark about what the company planned to do with it. Until now.
At a recent press launch , THQ Nordic revealed the company has hired Steve Ellis, one of those original series ‘ creators, “to help plot the future path for this particular franchise”. In other words, TimeSplitters is making a comeback.
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While There’s been talk of a TimeSplitters 4 fan project for a while (TimeSplitters Rewind), there has been little in the way of sound details about an official new addition to the series. We started to lose hope.
THQ Nordic has not disclosed if the future of this franchise will involve rebooting the string, continuing from Future Perfect or remaking the original 3 games but, either way, for the sake of credibility it’s encouraging to find that a co-creator on board.
Released in 2000, TimeSplitters is a first-person activity Shooter that sees you travel through time at a story mode spanning several centuries in an effort to prevent an alien race of TimeSplitters from wreaking havoc on humankind, and time itself.
The series Contains three titles: TimeSplitters, TimeSplitters 2 and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect. In every game you time-travel to a particular point in time, and in every time period you take on the function of (or group up with) a character with that period of time, a lot of whom are stereotypes of pop culture references, like the sleazy 70s spy or the veteran British adventurer.
On top of the effort, each game offers a map-maker arcade and challenge mode.
TimeSplitters was initially made. Talking to TechRadar at 2012, TimeSplitters developer Steve Ellis revealed there was no opportunity we’d be seeing TimeSplitters 4 PS4 or Xbox One, as the show proved difficult to advertise in the modern games climate. Crytek finally shut down in 2014 and the vast majority of employees were transferred to Dambuster Studios, hammering the last nail in the coffin of a potential TimeSplitters 4 titles — till now.
We can not wait to see what THQ Nordic has intended for the sequence.