Crytek Rescues Free Radical
It was disappointing to learn that Free Radical was forced to close its doors late last year, but as it turns out, a new day dawns on the horizon.
According to 1Up, Free Radical's Rob Yescombe has confirmed that the Haze and TimeSplitters developer has been purchased by Crytek for an undisclosed sum. Crytek, if you didn't already know, is responsible for games like Crysis and Far Cry, and they're now Free Radical's saviors, so-to-speak. Back on December 31, ReSolve Partners revealed that although the developer could continue to operate, they would have to do so on a skeleton crew. The company went into administration and everything has been "pending" since then, and there was some hope as we learned that several parties expressed "strong interest" in acquiring Free Radical. Said Yescombe:
"After seven long weeks of uncertainty, I can confirm that Free Radical is now out of the woods. We've been bought by a really, really good company. I'm so excited I'm lost for words. It's the smoothest deal we've ever done. It all went through quickly, efficiently, fantastically..."
Yescombe also added that he hopes the team can "ramp back up to its former size," and in response to the question of whether or not we'll ever see TimeSplitters 4, Yescombe said, "We don't know yet. We'll find out over the coming weeks." Come on, bring it! Haze may not have turned out well, but the TS franchise has always been solid and fun.
2/3/2009 John Shepard