TimeSplitters 4 'is not in development', Crytek confirms

"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 is in the works at the Nottingham-based developer.


Speaking to CVG this afternoon, a company spokesperson joked that it's "spent all of the development budget on buying monkeys." 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 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 - officially confirmed to CVG back in 2007 that work on Timesplitters 4 had begun. It even released concept art before its long-time no-show stirred up rumours of its cancellation.

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?"