UK studio Free Radical Design has confirmed to CVG that development of TimeSplitters 4 is well underway and anything is possible regarding the platforms it'll launch on.
"Yes, TimeSplitters 4 is happening. At the moment it's in the very early concept stages, and as yet it's unsigned to any publisher," Free Radical Design's screenwriter Rob Yescombe told us.
Regarding a platform it looks like there are no specific exclusive plans although that could change when the game's gets picked up by a publisher. You've got to think that PS3 would be a prim(ate) target given the series' history and success on PS2. "Anything and everything is currently a possibility. We're not saying no to anything," added Yescombe.
It's a bit early to talk specifics regarding gameplay and story but Yescombe did tell us that, "TimeSplitters 4 will be a great big joke at the expense of the world of games - ourselves included. God, that's a terrible sound bite. Can you just make one up and make me sound hilarious? No, wait, just say that I /*have*/ a hilarious sound bite, but it's still in the very early concept stage."
Don't expect a release this side of Christmas though: "The game's not a very long way away but it's not a very short way away either. It's somewhere in the middle. Is that non-specific enough?"
Luckily we've got the awesome-looking Haze to deal with this year and the prospect of a new TimeSplitters game next year.