April 13, 2024

Footage displaying Free Radical Design’s sadly-cancelled TimeSplitters undertaking has surfaced on-line, revealing 5 minutes of gameplay.

The video, posted to LinkedIn by a former Free Radical Design employees member, reveals a model of the sport from July 2023 – roughly 5 months earlier than the undertaking was cancelled and the studio shut down by guardian firm Embracer.

TimeSplitters followers will seemingly be excited (and upset, seeing because the undertaking is now lifeless) to see quite a few acquainted parts return, together with an expanded Siberia dam stage, iconic weapons, fan-favourite characters and GoldenEye’s traditional well being/protect UI.

Let’s Play TimeSplitters 2 – Late To The Celebration

Let’s Play TimeSplitters 2 – Late To The Celebration.

However there are definitely variations, seen within the extra trendy character motion and pace of gameplay. In direction of the tip of the video, numerous parts look similar to Fortnite – akin to point out of an open world, and a shot of a personality gliding downwards to the bottom. UI screens present a menu instantly copied from Fortnite, plus an merchandise store displaying characters and equipment to purchase.

This suits with what we have heard of the undertaking beforehand, which is that it started life as a Fortnite clone however later morphed into an expanded alternate universe tackle the traditional TimeSplitters 2.

“Initially it was a Fortnite clone. No person needed that actually, not even us, however we did not have a lot of a alternative for a very long time,” one developer on the undertaking beforehand acknowledged.

However a later U-turn shifted the undertaking into safer waters, it has been claimed, with a pitch that was “largely TS2” with a few TimeSplitters: Future Good ranges, an authentic stage and a few model new sections.

“It was going to be a ‘What If…’ the place Corporal Hart went by as an alternative of Cortez so we may make issues barely completely different,” the developer continued, referencing the 2 predominant characters of TimeSplitters 2.

Immediately’s footage is at the moment viewable by way of LinkedIn, and has already been rehosted elsewhere.

“So, you wish to know in regards to the cancelled TimeSplitters recreation?” the developer wrote. “I am going to you’ll want to put up what I can… Embracer Group can go cover in a cave someplace.”

Embracer is at the moment in the midst of a devastating restructuring course of which has seen it lay off eight p.c of its workforce – a complete of 1387 workers.