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Launching with the Playstation 2, Timesplitters was a ridiculous yet awesome FPS experience. Creating maps was a blast, the selection of characters was hilarious (I preferred Gingerbread Man), and it took you to a large variety of environments and periods in time. Unfortunately, it never made it to the current generation of consoles, where its multiplayer-friendly gameplay would thrive online. In an interview with Play magazine, members of Free Radical Design explain why it never happened."TimeSplitters: Future Perfect didn't perform as well as expected in the shops," said Timesplitters lead artist Tristan Reidford. "Although fun to make, without stellar sales figures a further TimeSplitters game was going to be a tough one to sell to publishers. It's a hard game to summarize in an easy sentence like 'car modding racing game' or 'third-person stealth game'."Lead animator James Cunliffe elaborated, saying "I think we just felt that the franchise was well received but we had other things we wanted to try before going back to it. We weren't in any particular hurry to rush into TimeSplitters 4."Personally, I’d love to see the improbable Timesplitters 4 happen at some point. It would be a great change of pace from the onslaught of modern military shooters currently on the market.
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I love it so much, I hope they do end up making a timesplitters 4. It's a shame they had to mess up so badly with Haze. I mean seriously, what the hell was that.
All they would have to do is spend a little money on advertising, but this still seems to be a foreign concept for many studios. In this console generation, we've seen games like Gears of War, GTA 4, Red Dead Redemption, and now Deus Ex show up on tv commercials across the world. These games and more have thrived because of advertising. Free Radical just needs to understand that now that your average gamer is an adult in their late twenties to early thirties, you have to approach sales differently.
Not all FPS's have to be the same.
I hope they make another one.
I like Time Splitters.
i really hope they make it someday, i loved this series to death.
i thought star wars battlefront 3 would of had something to do with it
Oh, hindsight: either trying to make another well received but not commercially stellar TimeSplitters, or the abortion that was Haze. Seems like an easy choice, looking back. Hopefully TimeSplitters can make a comeback, they were great games.
"time traveling, high action goofy first person shooter" there! sentence completed! Get to work!! :)
these were some of the funnest games, and i think in the modern FPS-centric market, the series would do extremely well if properly advertized.
This is one of those games where they could take some time off - let the reputation grow and breathe - and then come back with a Timesplitters 4 and have it be far more successful than the older games. Kind of like Half Life on consoles, where (even though it came out on PS2) console players only heard of it for the longest time, and how amazing it was. Then when we finally get it's sequel - first on Xbox and then via the Orange Box - it blows up.
I also feel like that's the route EA's going to go with Mirror's Edge 2, and Ubi Soft is going with Beyond Good & Evil 2. It's also something Namco should do with Enslaved. It's a good strategy; good games are never forgotten. And when fans keep talking about them, making them sound great, the appetite for a sequel increases. It's as easy as that.
That's how Sony's built up a stable of so many varied successful first party exclusives; you think the first Uncharted blew up the sales chart? Or Sly Cooper? Heck no - but they stood by 'em and "read the situation" and knew they had amazing games on their hands. The studios knew they could crank out an exponentially better sequel, and Sony knew fans wanted to see it, so they threw a nice advertising campaign behind it and - voila! - hit franchise on your hand. The exact opposite way of the way Microsoft does things; where they just want a new IP to sell 5 million copies in one day by themselves with little advertising; otherwise it's a complete failure? Just about everything that isn't Halo, Gears or Forza says "hello"...
I loved those games, I've played all three of them, two was by far the best but all were so enjoyable, getting a few friends together to fight off swarms of zombies while on a giant snow base is a memory of gaming I don't think I'll forget.
I miss Timesplitters! The monkey was my favorite, and although my memory of the game is hazy overall, I remember it being a blast.
I loved all the Timesplitters' games. Absolutely the most fun I've ever had in a multiplayer FPS environment. COD, Halo and Battlefield are fun and all, but they're nothing compared to the craziness of TS. Monkeys with Gatling guns? Yes, please!