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Eidos Interactive, one of the
worlds leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced
that TimeSplitters 2 is currently in development for the Xbox video game system from
Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube in addition to the PlayStation 2 computer
entertainment system. TimeSplitters 2 is the sequel to the hugely successful and
critically-acclaimed TimeSplitters, which was released to coincide with the US and
European launches of PlayStation 2. Featuring members of the original GoldenEye
development team, the game is under development by Free Radical Design and is set for
release in Fall 2002.
"We are extremely excited
to announce that TimeSplitters 2 will be released on all the next generation gaming
consoles," said Mike McGarvey, CEO of Eidos Interactive. "Xbox and GameCube
owners will welcome the opportunity to experience the stunning graphics and amazing
gameplay that TimeSplitters 2 has to offer.
"At Free Radical, we are
passionate about console gaming," said David Doak, Managing Director of Free-Radical
Design. "Its only natural that TimeSplitters 2 will be appearing on all three
next generation consoles."
TimeSplitters 2 will improve on
many of the features that made the original so awesome and fun to play. The game offers
fully developed single player and co-operative story modes, featuring a complex narrative
with multiple objective-based episodes and superbly animated cut-scenes. The game engine
has been extensively upgraded to accommodate bigger, higher detailed backgrounds and
dizzying graphical special effects, while still providing the distinctively smooth
fast-paced action of the original. TimeSplitters 2 offers a completely rewritten animation
system incorporating inverse kinematics bringing even more lifelike and dynamic movement
to a new collection of stylized renegade characters.
TimeSplitters 2 will retain
the unique MapMaker in an enhanced form, which opens up even more potential for the
hardcore player to completely customize game scenarios. The multiplayer mayhem of the
original will be back, and TimeSplitters 2 further extends the possibilities of allowing
multiple consoles to be linked together.