Crytek, formerly known as Free Radical, creator of the cult classic TimeSplitters series, has given the green light to a group of loyal fans to create a new TimeSplitters game. The team of 25 fans hopes that the free PC game will have a demo released by December and the game planned for release soon after.
The website Cooking With Grenades gives details on the title TimeSplitters Rewind. The CryEngine 3-powered game combines elements from all three Free Radical games to create an experience focused on multiplayer on the infamous Challenge Mode.
“We are taking the best elements of all three games, multiplayer and challenges, and creating a whole new game,” Project Manager Michael Hubicka said. “We are taking full advantage of the CryEngine 3 SDK, so while it looks great and runs extremely well, it will still feel like a TimeSplitters game. While it’s not a reboot, remake or sequel, we’re simply working hard to capture everything that made the original games awesome and giving it the HD touch.”
Back in November of 2012, Facebook group 100,000 Strong for TimeSplitters 4, a faction petitioning for an HD remake of the original three games and a fourth entry in the series, received permission from Crytek to work on TimeSplitters Rewind.
Although the team received permission to use original TimeSplitters assets to create their game, they’re remaking everything in high definition, using original models as references. Fans’ favorite maps, characters, and weapons will all be fully rendered in HD using CryEngine 3.
The game won’t feature split-screen, but will have 8-16 multiplayer matches and the return of the much-loved AI bots.
“CryEngine 3 SDK just doesn’t support split screen and it doesn’t seem like there is any way for us to implement that functionality,” Hubicka said. “If Crytek decides to implement it into the SDK then we will definitely include it at that point.”
While TimeSplitters Rewind won’t likely be coming to consoles, Hubicka claims the game may support the use of PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers.
To see the full interview with Project Manager Michael Hubicka, head on over to Cooking With Grenades.