Ever since its pick-up of Free Radical, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has been inundated with requests for either a new version of TimeSplitters or a HD collection of previous games in the series. But, in an interview with Game Informer, Yerli suggested the noise for some sort of new TimeSplitters isn’t loud enough. If 300,000 signatures are put on this petition, he says, Crytek will consider putting a HD collection together.
“[U]nfortunately the petition doesn’t look that convincing,” said Yerli. “If the petition picks up it will be an even better argument for us.”
At the moment the petition has under 30,000 signatures — nowhere near 300,000. Perhaps the issue is that, despite TimeSplitters’ vocal core audience, there isn’t a broad enough section of fans to justify the resources needed to create a new TimeSplitters game, or even a HD collection.
“At a personal level, I’m a big fan of Timesplitters 2,” said Yerli. “For me, I would love to see the game out there, as a newborn HD version or what not. I definitely would love to see it. But the case of turning this into a business decision is still difficult, despite the fact that there was a Twitter request feed to test the waters.
“There’s a very hardcore market that is very verbal about it. I would love to see this, and if the fan base approves a further petition. They’re trying to call 300,000 voices, I think it’s at two or three thousand right now. If they could get the petition together I would be very happy to put in front of decision makers in the company, the key stakeholders, and say “Look here. This is how it is, let’s make it now.””
Crytek Prepares For The Future [Game Informer]