Timesplitters Co-Creator Joins THQ Nordic for a Franchise Revival and Dead Island 2 Lives

Timesplitters Co-Creator Joins THQ Nordic for a Franchise Revival and Dead Island 2 Lives

The publisher also acquires Darksiders developer Gunfire Games.

In an announcement today, THQ Nordic revealed that Timesplitters creator Steve Ellis has returned to work on a revival of the franchise that he helped build. Formerly of Rare and Free Radical, Ellis returns to help relaunch Timesplitters, roughly a year after THQ Nordic first purchased the rights to the shooter series.

Previously, Crytek held the right to Timesplitters, when developer Free Radical filed for bankruptcy. Now, Steve Ellis is on board with whatever the revival of the Timesplitters franchise looks like from THQ Nordic. We've no idea whether the revival will be a sequel, a remake, or something else entirely.

But the hiring of Ellis wasn't the only announcement from THQ Nordic today. The long-awaited Dead Island 2, which has struggled through development for the last five years, is now being worked on by Dambuster Studios. Originally announced as being developed by Yager back in 2014 (after series creators Techland opted to create Dying Light for Warner Bros.), development was then passed to Sumo Digital in 2016. Three years on, and we've not seen anything from the sequel, but at least it's still alive.

Additionally, THQ Nordic has also acquired Gunfire Games, developers of the Darksiders series. While Darksiders 3 didn't thrill critics in 2018, Darksiders Genesis, a Diablo-esque take on the franchise, is currently in development from Gunfire Games, and will be published by THQ Nordic. Volition is also said to be deep into development on a new entry in the Saints Row franchise, which is good news for fans who haven't had a brand-new game in the series since 2015's Gat out of Hell.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Hirun Cryer

Guides Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

Read this next

New Link's Awakening Video Shows Off Dungeon Creator and Map Markers

The adorable Zelda remake changes a few things.

NBA 2K20 is Still Very Committed to Switch: "The Flexibility Can't be Matched With That Console"

FIFA is scaling back on Nintendo's platform, but for the moment, Visual Concepts is here to stay.

Cyberpunk 2077 Producer Details Law Enforcement and the Rich Areas of Night City

There are no cops in the poorer districts. That all changes when you get to the affluent areas of Night City.

The Fire Emblem: Three Houses Student Ranking Thunderdome: 34 Students Enter, Only Shamir Leaves

We have no favorites among Three Houses' students, except for the ones that are our favorites.

Witchbrook Dev Tweets Design Docs Revealing New Details on the Charming Magical School Sim

A rare look into the internal process of development as it happens.

More News

New Link's Awakening Video Shows Off Dungeon Creator and Map Markers

The adorable Zelda remake changes a few things.

NBA 2K20 is Still Very Committed to Switch: "The Flexibility Can't be Matched With That Console"

FIFA is scaling back on Nintendo's platform, but for the moment, Visual Concepts is here to stay.

Cyberpunk 2077 Producer Details Law Enforcement and the Rich Areas of Night City

There are no cops in the poorer districts. That all changes when you get to the affluent areas of Night City.

Witchbrook Dev Tweets Design Docs Revealing New Details on the Charming Magical School Sim

A rare look into the internal process of development as it happens.

More Action Games

Cyberpunk 2077 Producer Details Law Enforcement and the Rich Areas of Night City

There are no cops in the poorer districts. That all changes when you get to the affluent areas of Night City.

Yes, That Is Kamala Khan in Marvel's Avengers, Square Enix Confirms

Crystal Dynamics ends speculation over the character's appearance in the game.

Marvel's Avengers Gameplay, Release Date, A-Day - Everything We Know

Here's everything we know so far about the Marvel's Avengers game, including the release date, E3 reveal, A-Day story setup, and more.