and that it has hired TimeSplitters co-creator Steve Ellis to “plot the future course” of the TimeSplitters franchise.In the ‘Looking Ahead’ section of THQ Nordic’s latest financial report, CEO Lars Wingefors covered the company’s ongoing projects from some of its many, many studios.
The first full Saint’s Row game since 2013 is being made by creator Volition, and is “deep in development”. It’s a welcome return to the series after the slightly less well-received Agents of Mayhem.
Dead Island 2 might be the most intriguing announcement in the press release, with UK studio Dambuster now taking over development duties. That makes it the third studio to head up the long-awaited sequel. Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager was originally developing the game, but was subsequently removed from the project, with Sumo Digital coming in as a replacement. Seemingly, Sumo has now also been moved off of the project, or shifted to a support role.
Dead Island 2 doesn’t have a scheduled release window, but it is still listed by THQ Nordic as an Xbox One, PS4 and PC game.
TimeSplitters is the most unexpected news, but also the vaguest. THQ Nordic has told us before that it’s ‘figuring out the best first step’ to take with the fan favourite franchise, and it looks like it has taken that step. Today, Wingefors said: “We’re delighted to announce that one of the series’ creators, Steve Ellis, has joined us to help plot the future course for this franchise.”
There’s no indication of what form that future could take, orwhat studio could take on development – although the afore-mentioned Dambuster was formed out of the remanants of Free Radical, the original TimeSplitters developer.