Excitement among fans of the long thought dead TimeSplitters
series was at a fever pitch earlier this year when a group of 25 dedicated fans announced
it was developing a HD, multiplayer-focused mash-up of the original trilogy. TimeSplitters Rewind
wasn’t the longly anticipated fourth installment but with Crytek giving the team its blessing and free access to the CryEngine 3, to fans it was damn close. And the news just keeps getting better as now it seems the game may see a console release along side the promised launch on PC.
William Usher recently caught up with Rewind’s
project lead Michael Hubicka to ask about the progress being made with the game’s development and during the discussion, Hubicka confirmed the team is also developing it for the PS4. However, just because the game is in development for Sony’s next-gen console that doesn’t guarantee it’ll be released on the platform.
"We're actually going to go ahead and start development [of Timesplitters Rewind] on PlayStation 4. Just because we're pretty confident Crytek's going to say go ahead and do it," noting, "It's mostly just us waiting on Crytek's legal department to give us the go ahead."
Hubicka’s teammates dropped some additional information, including the addition of cross-platform play between the PC and PS4 versions (if Crytek allows it) and the previously planned pre-alpha testing will likely be pushed back from late 2013 to mid or perhaps even late 2014. Although the delayed testing is understandable given the developers are now building two versions of the game as opposed to one.
As I said, the possibility of a release on PS4 is great news, especially with the addition of cross-platform play but there’s question of whether or not Crytek will allow the PS4 version to be produced. Seeing how cool Crytek’s been about the PC version, the development team seems right in its confidence… just as long as it isn’t too costly.
So yeah, TimeSplitters on PS4 that’d be pretty cool, right?
Oh and Hubicka was asked about bringing the game to the Xbox One. He said it’s not out of the realm of possibility but no promises are being made on that front.