As far as first-person shooters go, TimeSplitters is one of the most enjoyable experiences because of its lovable characters and outrageous weapons. So what’s better than playing as a monkey and getting to throwing bricks at people? Doing it for free, which might be the case, as fans might see TimeSplitters 4 come to consoles as a free-to-play title, this according to Cevat Yerli, one of the founders of developer Crytek.
Yerli recently talked about getting TimeSplitters 4 out there, but just not as a full retail release. With the last release coming in 2005, Yerli was worried that the fan base for the game wouldn’t be large enough and thus too risky for a full-blown release. In those situations the free-to-play model is a safe bet and Yerli thinks TimeSplitters 4 could be made to run on Crytek’s social gaming platform “Gface”,while in an interview with Videogamer, he said:
I wish we would develop it. We can’t develop it the way Free Radical had started it before we acquired them. When we looked at it – and again, I love Timesplitters, I’m a huge Timesplitters fan particularly of the multiplayer part. I love the idea, I love the brand, I love everything – but the publishers don’t. That’s reality. And I don’t want to spend our own money on the project in a retail business. So let me say it this way: I love the picture of a Timesplitters running on GFACE. So if we get enough fans, being loud enough…
Crytek will follow in many other publishers footsteps if they do decide to bring the game to a social platform for free. Yerli believes it’s the best course of action to deliver a AAA experience while taking advantage of the zero dollar point while at the same time making piracy redundant. With games like Blacklight: Retribution using the freemium model and doing alright, we know it won’t always go south.
The support for the game might not be in its millions, but there is a cult following, with a recently made fan petition page for the game on Facebook reaching 20,000 likes out of its 100,000k goal in a short period. I personally think the free-to-play model with TimeSplitters 4 will not do the game justice, but that’s business and sometimes fans come second to profit.