TimeSplitters is returning at long last, with members of the original development team at the helm, publisher Deep Silver announced Wednesday.
Free Radical Design, the studio behind the original TimeSplitters games, has been reformed. Key designers from the original development team have returned, including original founders and new studio heads Steve Ellis and David Doak. The team will begin by hiring up talent before beginning work on the new TimeSplitters game in the coming months.
"To finally be able to confirm that the studio has been formed and that we have a plan for the next TimeSplitters game is incredible," Ellis said from his new position as studio development director. "While we cannot tell you anything more at the moment, we look forward to sharing information in the future."
The first TimeSplitters game — also Free Radical's first game — came out in 2000 to critical acclaim. Two sequels followed, building on the game's reputation and solidifying its classic status. Rumors of a revival, a sequel, or a remake have swirled for years. Wednesday's announcement is the first real sign of life for devotees.