TimeSplitters fan remake – its last hope after Free Trailer: Radical’s demise – struggles amid “incredibly challenging” industry | Gaming.

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TimeSplitters Rewind, a fan-made remake of the zany shooters’ multiplayer in a single game, might well represent the last gasp of the beloved first-person shooter franchise following the closure of resurrected original developers Free Radical – who were working on their own TimeSplitters reboot – at the end of last year. With over a decade of work already invested in the fan project, however, the team have now released a call for help to overcome development hurdles caused by the ongoing troubled state of the games industry.

TimeSplitters Rewind has been cooking away since 2012, when the team were given the blessing of then-IP owners Crytek to bring back maps, modes and characters from TimeSplitters, TimeSplitters 2 and Future Perfect in a free multiplayer-only collection with support for networked play.

In the 10-plus years since, the game has shifted its underlying engine from CryEngine to Unreal, with its latest developer video – the first in over a year – showing off a modernised but faithful recreation of familiar maps, weapons and characters from the early noughties titles. (Thanks, Eurogamer.)

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While the latest look at the game shows a polished and promising tribute to TimeSplitters – made that bit more meaningful after the demise of Free Radical under Embracer’s restructuring in December – the team said that a lot of work remains to be done, from finishing up a number of currently “functional” maps to adding animations for aspects such as weapons and the character select screen…

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