Koch Media has made the exciting announcement that they have acquired rights to two classic series’; TimeSplitters and Second Sight!
Both series’ was developed by Free Radical, a UK-based studio Studio. While the purchase amount has yet to be disclosed, obviously the exciting bit from this is TimeSplitters.
Both rights to these IPs have been held by Crytek UK, which is what Free Radical was renamed to when Crytek, a German development company, bought them out. Since Time Splitters is an IP fans have been begging to get revitalized, Crytek was contemplating what it should do with the franchise. Sadly, nothing ever came of it.
Now, Free Radical, known as Deep Silver Dambuster, meaning it now falls under Koch Media’s ever-growing collection of studios. While Koch Media has yet to comment on the future of these two IPs, they certainly haven’t shied away from revamping old series, THQ Nordic’s Dark Siders being the perfect example. So while we don’t know for sure, it is quite probable that TimeSplitters could see the light of day again.
Second Sight, on the other hand, is a stealth-based, action adventure title, and is completely different from Time Splitters. However, this lesser-known franchise still has a cult following that makes it an intriguing IP to have ownership over.
“We are hugely excited to have acquired Timesplitters” commented Klemens Kundratitz, CEO Koch Media GmbH “The original games gave fans a massive content offer and provided a pure and genuinely fun arcade shooter experience. We have many fans of the Timesplitters series among our own staff who are passionate about creating a product that will thrill today’s gaming audience.”
For now, Deep Silver Dambuster is silent and has remained that way since finishing the Homefront: The Revolution DLC. While it’s no new news that the game wasn’t received very well among fans and critics alike, Deep Silver Dambuster’s new owner might have something bigger planned for the studio. Plans that, up until recently, only required the acquisition of the Time Splitters license to moving forward.
While this is all just hypotheses and speculation, I’m sure Koch Media will be taking good care of both TimeSplitters and Second Sight.