TimeSplitters 4 in Development For Next-Generation Consoles

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Brace yourselves, people. There's a lot to take in here. Not only has Crytek confirmed that it's developing TimeSplitters 4 for the next generation of consoles, but the developer has also confirmed to our good friends at Videogamer that Microsoft is planning to announce the existence of the next Xbox within the next 12 months, with a reveal possibly lined up for E3 2012.

Crytek is investing development in both next-generation incarnations of the Xbox and PlayStation, according to a "high-ranking industry source at Crytek", with TimeSplitters 4 currently being demonstrated internally and being built using the CryEngine 3. Apparently, the game was also being showcased privately at E3 2011 in video form, which is somewhat annoying. No one told us.

Crytek UK - formerly Free Radical Design - is still handling the game's development, with the source stating that the graphics are noticeably improved thanks to the DX11 tessellation effects. Furthermore, the game itself will also play upon the series' strengths with branching paths, plenty of opportunity for exploration, as well as some sandbox gameplay aspects including multiple routes through levels.

TimeSplitters 4 has been kicking about for around four years now, with TS: Future Perfect being the last game to see release. The first TimeSplitters was a PS2 launch title, while the best game in the series, TimeSplitters 2 released in 2002. Here's hoping that TS4 follows suit with monkeys, Harry Tipper, cultists and RoboFish when it launches on the next-gen Xbox.


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