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Playstation 2 classic TimeSplitters could be coming back with a long-awaited sequel

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Aug 15, 2018, 9:52 AM EDT

The struggle for the safety of the timestream isn't over just yet, because TimeSplitters might be returning under the banner of Kock Media, whose parent company, THQ Nordic, recently purchased the rights to the classic PlayStation 2 title.

"We are hugely excited to have acquired TimeSplitters. 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," said Koch CEO Klemens Kundratitz in a statement, writes Engadget

Originating in 2000, the TimeSplitters video game franchise was created by Irish video game developer David Doak, a former employee of Rare, who helped create such iconic titles as GoldenEye and Perfect Dark for the Nintendo 64 console. First developed by Free Radical Design and published by Eidos Interactive, TimeSplitters took place across numerous time periods, allowing the player to partake in a time-traveling war. 

The game's popularity spawned two sequels (TimeSplitters 2 and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect) between 2000 and 2005, in which time the publisher became Electronic Arts and the titles became available for other consoles like the GameCube and first-generation Xbox. Work on a fourth installment was underway in the late 2000s, but stalled when Free Radical was bought out by Crytek.

By 2012, the project was dead, but hopefully it receives new life under Koch's direction. With a game like TimeSplitters, there's never a lack of (and we hope you forgive the pun) time. 

As "a leading producer and marketer of digital entertainment products," Koch has partnerships with companies like Capcom, Bethesda, and Square Enix. Among its most popular video game properties are Dead Island, Saints Row, and Metro