Better sit down, TimeSpitters fans.
Despite recent rumors out of Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine UK
that Crytek is working on a sequel to its time-jumping FPS, the
studio today confirmed to CVG that news of a TimeSplitters 4 have
been greatly exaggerated.
“[We've] spent all of the development
budget on buying monkeys,” quipped Crytek, bluntly adding, “No,
it's not in development.”
The statement was a follow-up to a
larger, more tongue-in-cheek response that read:
“For TimeSplitters 4, with ever
spiraling 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?"
Word of TimeSplitters 4's development have been around for years.
We were even reporting rumors of its existence back in 2007, before
Crytek had changed its name from Free Radical Design (see: TimeSplitters 4 - first details). Read how we
envision the series' (still possible?) return in TimeSplitters 4: Nine things it needs to do to guarantee a gleefully amazing sequel.