TimeSplitters, the FPS series that first found fame on the PS2 in 2000, is back from the dead. Koch Media announced today that it has acquired the fan favorite FPS series, with video games based on the brand to be published by Deep Silver. Second Sight will also return.
Released as a PS2 launch title towards the end of 2000, TimeSplitters was a rough and ready effort, but one that resonated with players who wanted a fun multiplayer FPS similar to that found on the N64. The game's sequel, TimeSplitters 2, released in 2002, raised the bar significantly and was widely considered to be one of the best first-person shooters available (it helped that it felt similar to Rare's FPS efforts).
While the first two games were published by Eidos, a third game, TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, was published by Electronic Arts in 2005. Future Perfect was well received by critics, but it failed to make a mark on players and proved to be the final entry. All three games were developed by Free Radical Design, a studio which became Crytek UK and later Deep Silver Dambuster.
"We are hugely excited to have acquired Timesplitters" said Klemens Kundratitz, CEO Koch Media GmbH. "The original games gave fans a massive content offer and provided a pure and genuinely fun arcade shooter experience. We have many fans of the Timesplitters series among our own staff who are passionate about creating a product that will thrill todays gaming audience."
Free Radical also created sci-fi action game, Second Sight, released in 2004. Although not as fondly remembered as TimeSplitters, the game has a group of fans who insist it is better than Psi-Ops, a game with a similar mind-control theme that also released in 2004. Those people are wrong, but Second Sight was a good game in its own right.
Future TimeSplitters and Second Sight titles will be revealed by Koch Media and Deep Silver at a later date. Is anyone else hoping for a TimeSplitters 2 remaster on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch?