Crytek UK, the studio formally known as Free Radical, has officially responded to fresh rumours that TimeSplitters 4 is in the works at the Nottingham-based developer.
Speaking to CVG this afternoon, a company spokesperson joked that it's "spent all of the development budget on buying monkeys." Quizzed for a more serious answer, the company confirmed: "No, it's not in development."
Disappointing news for fans then.
The TimeSplitters FPS series has been on a hiatus since the 2005 release of the third game, TimeSplitters: Future Perfect on PS2, Xbox and GameCube.
A fourth game has been rumoured for some time, most recently by a report citing a 'high-ranking industry source at Crytek' which claimed development on the fourth game is underway with a plan for its release on the next-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox 3 consoles.
Developer Crytek UK - originally Free Radical before Crytek rescued it from meltdown - officially confirmed to CVG back in 2007 that work on Timesplitters 4 had begun. It even released concept art before its long-time no-show stirred up rumours of its cancellation.
Here's the fun Crytek statement, anyway, for the LOLs:
"For Timesplitters 4, with ever spiralling development costs, massive teams and endless crunch we decided on a more radical development strategy.
"In short, the experiment was to implement the infinite monkey theorem. With cloning being a far too expensive option, we spent all of the development budget on buying monkeys on the black market.
"Those seven monkeys are now sat in a room with typewriters and lots of mirrors, and we fully expect Timesplitters 4 to be finished soon. Rumours are that they haven't written any code but just tease the press from time to time. Those damn monkeys.
"PS: anyone got any bananas?"