The TimeSplitter games have become classics in their own right. Known for their fast and frantic multiplayer action with a twist of odd thrown into the mix, it gave the games their own unique feel and a legion of loyal fans. After Free Radical caved in on itself and declared bankruptcy the rights to the franchise transferred over to the folks at Crytek. Speaking with CVG the chief executive at Crytek expressed that he wished they were working on a new game. This amounted to opening the proverbial floodgates.
Much of the debate stems from the fact that Yerli also stated that they had thought about starting a kickstater campaign for TimeSplitters 4, but that the company had concerns over how appropriate it would be for a company as large and successful of Crytek to ask for fan funding. Of course this has split opinion.
On one side we have those who simply want to see a new TimeSplitters game. No matter how that is achieved, they want it. A TimeSplitters 4 facebook campaign has been launched in order to drum up interest and support, to show that there is a large and vocal group of people willing to support the development. The group has said,
We are a group trying to convince Crytek to finish developing TimeSplitters 4! Even if it means doing a Kickstarter. Even though the page is to gain 100k, we’ll probably need much more. So don’t give up at 100k!
On the other side of the debate people are rallying against the idea of Crytek using and perhaps abusing the crowd funding site. Kickstarter traditionally offers a way for small developers to crowd source games that generally wouldn’t make it through publishers, with high profile examples being Tim Schafer creating a brand new old school adventure game, or Brian Fargo reviving Fallout’s spiritual beginning in Wasteland 2.