New TimeSplitters Coming to PC for Free
Since the acquisition of Free Radical by Crytek in 2009, fans of the TimeSplitters franchise were asking for a new game in the series. Crytek did not consider the interest in the game big enough to be worth the effort, but in November 2012 they allowed 100,000 strong for TimeSplitters 4 fan team to make a new TimeSplitters game, as well as to use the assets from previous games. In an interview to Cooking With Grenades the development team shared the details about current progress of TimeSplitters Rewind.
The game will be free and made on CryEngine 3, it won't require any additional software. The models will be rebuilt from ground up to improve their quality, compared to original ones. TS Rewind will combine elements from 3 previous games and will be multiplayer focused with 8-16 player matches. There are also plans to add campaigns form previous games if Crytek allows it. Unfortunately, there are no plans for split-screen at the moment, as CE3 SDK doesn't support it.
For the full details, check the interview. Those who have skills and want to help the project can contact Michael Hubicka – MichaelBHG on Skype. It is definitely a good move from Crytek to allow fans of the old series to make their own new installment. However, we definitely live in a strange world, where old PC classics get resurrected and consolised, while old console classics reappear as PC exclusives.