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A new TimeSplitters is coming under a 'reformed' Free Radical Design

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A new TimeSplitters game will enter development "in the coming months," publisher Deep Silver has confirmed. Not only that, but founding studio Free Radical Design has been reformed to develop it, with founders David Doak and Steve Ellis confirmed to be involved.

TimeSplitters is a beloved console FPS first released in 2000. It had a lot in common with Rare's classic Nintendo 64 shooters—Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark—not least because Doak had a hand in creating those games, too. The last official TimeSplitters game released in 2005, though a fan project called TimeSplitters Rewind (opens in new tab) is still in development. 

As for this new, fourth instalment, Deep Silver has said very little about it. Free Radical Design is currently "concentrating on building the studio" which will be based in Nottingham—just like it used to be before it originally closed in 2014.

Deep Silver parent company Koch Media purchased the TimeSplitters IP (opens in new tab) in 2018, at which time it promised "future products" in the series. Rumors of a TimeSplitters 2 remake were debunked (opens in new tab) last year, though a 4K remaster of the game did turn up in the code for Homefront: The Revolution, of all places.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.