The PS2 hosted some glorious titles in its very successful lifespan. One series that came out of nowhere and became an instant hit was the Timesplitters series from Free Radical Design. This team ultimately ended up developing the much-hyped game, Haze, that was exclusive to the PS3 and history recalls it dying a miserable death. Free Radical Design died alongside that and some of the team members ended up with Deep Silver Dambuster. It just so happens to be that THQ Nordic has now acquired the rights to Timesplitters.
This news comes directly from the horse’s mouth. There is, however, more to this. Free Radical Design also worked on the very underrated Second Sight. Yes, they own that now as well. Here is their official statement:
Timesplitters was largely considered as one of the most influential console games of the early 2000’s. The three game series earned a large and passionate fan base thanks to its unique humour, art style and pop culture references while encouraging customization and modification to give each person their own individual experience. Timesplitters was originally created by the development studio Free Radical Design that later become Deep Silver Dambuster, part of the THQ Nordic group.
In addition to Timesplitters, the IP and the rights to science fiction action-adventure game Second Sight were acquired. Both acquisitions were made through THQ Nordic’s fully owned subsidiary Koch Media GmbH.
We’re exceptionally excited that we could see the first three games (Timesplitters 2 in particular) making a return, along with Second Sight and (crossing our fingers) perhaps a brand new game from members who originally worked on the series. One thing is for sure, THQ Nordic must have some plans in place to have acquired that.