Timesplitters 4 on Crytek's free-to-play service a remote possibility

Crytek's Cevat Yerli says the title wouldn't be worth a full retail release

Though fans have been asking for a follow-up to humorous FPS TimeSplitters, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli told CVG that "nobody would accept" the title. He explained that the game is a hard sell to publishers and Crytek's still looking for a way to make it work.

"Look, I wish we were working on it. I will say that," Yerli said. "I think hopes are high, but change has to happen in the platform space. I'm very excited potentially about the idea of a TimeSplitters for G-Face."

G-Face is Crytek's new free-to-play gaming service, launched four months ago. In a recent interview, Yerli said that the studio is shifting to free-to-play games exclusively after Crysis 3's launch.

"The thing with TimeSplitters is, if we made a sequel to TimeSplitters, nobody would accept this apart from some fans, and we don't know how big the fan community is unfortunately," he added. "And we don't want to design this as a packaged goods game that launches on a console, and even if we wanted to I don't think publishers would like the idea. That is the truth, and that was the truth even before we bought Free Radical."

"The concept behind TimeSplitters was pitched around before we took over and Free Radical had no luck. We think even on CryEngine and with Crytek behind it there would be fundamental issues with the concept," he said.

"However, TimeSplitters had one of the most fun multiplayer games ever, and G-Face is a social entertainment platform - it's about online gaming. I love the idea, and I wish we'll work on it, but currently we are not working on it."

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Rob Jessop R&D Programmer, Crytek5 years ago
In a recent interview, Yerli said that the studio is shifting to free-to-play games exclusively after Crysis 3's launch.
That's not quite true; Homefront 2 is a boxed product published by THQ. In fact, the article linked above says more accurately:
Speaking to Videogamer at E3, Yerli explained that Crytek will be an exclusively free-to-play studio as soon as it has honoured its existing contracts.
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Rob Jessop R&D Programmer, Crytek5 years ago
Also, I think Ryse (published by Microsoft) is going to be boxed.
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Kevin Patterson musician 5 years ago
If the game was great, marketed properly, it would sell.
This reminds me a bit of the article regarding Ono and Capcom, where they didnt want to do a street fighter 4 as it wouldn't make any money.

Reboot the series for the next gen rather than make a sequel, keep the gameplay style and it's features and it would sell. I loved the series, the map builder, the humor, etc.
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