THQ Nordic has introduced that they’ve picked up the Timesplitters property and launched trilogy, in addition to the rights to Free Radical’s Second Sight. This places THQ Nordic ready to not solely re-release the outdated Timesplitters video games, however to make new ones, as properly.
“Timesplitters was largely thought of as one of the influential console video games of the early 2000’s,” THQ Nordic wrote in a press launch simply issued. “The three recreation sequence earned a big and passionate fan base because of its distinctive humor, artwork type and popular culture references whereas encouraging customization and modification to offer every particular person their very own particular person expertise.”
Moreover, THQ Nordic famous that they’ve bought the IP for Second Sight, in addition to the rights for the 2004 stealth paraspychological horror recreation itself in the event that they ever need to re-release it.
Timesplitters was created by British recreation improvement studio Free Racial, which was primarily made from ex-Uncommon workers who labored on Goldeneye 007 and Excellent Darkish. The three Timesplitters video games had been revealed below completely different publishers and had a fanbase that created loads of demand for a revival of the sequence. Free Radical suffered a lot of setbacks, nonetheless, earlier than any revival might be thought of. The studio was engaged on Star Wars: Battlefront III, however the recreation was cancelled on the final minute by Lucasarts, in keeping with former workers. Mixed with the important drumming that Ubisoft recreation Haze took, the studio declared chapter and closed.
It was later bought by Crytek and rebranded as Crytek UK. Throughout THQ’s IP rights public sale, Crytek picked up Homefront and supposed to provide a sequel to the sport, which they had been engaged on for a few years. Crytek confronted immense monetary troubles and allegedly stopped paying employees for a interval, prompting Crytek to put off employees from Crytek UK and ultimately promoting the Homefront license, Crytek UK, and the work completed on Homefront 2 to Deep Silver’s mother or father firm in 2014. Deep Silver then ended up publishing the sport with Crytek UK, previously Free Radical, now renamed Deep Silver Dambuster.
Quick ahead to earlier this 12 months, the place Deep Silver’s mother or father firm, Koch Media, was acquired by THQ Nordic. With THQ Nordic buying the Timesplitters IP, in concept, Free Radical can work on the sequence they popularized within the first place.