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UK developer Free Radical Design, the team behind Haze and the Time Splitters franchise, have closed their doors, apparently permanently, according to a number of inside sources.

The sources confirmed to Kotaku earlier reports that employees were locked out of their offices today in Nottingham. A meeting held later in the day ending with the closure of the independent developer, sources say.

While the shut down was a surprise to some within the company, it sounds like it wasn't to all. We've heard that some Free Radical Design employees were jumping ship in the week or two leading to today's news.

Free Radical's last game, Haze, was widely received as a mediocre game, but the company was working on a follow up for their popular TimeSplitters franchise and rumored to be working on a Star Wars: Battlefront game for LucasArts.

Sources say that the company recently lost the development deal for the LucasArts project, something that could have led to this end of year shut down.
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Very sad, I was a great fan of timesplitters 2 and 3. Shame about the disaster that was haze. RIP free radical.
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Noooooo! TimeSplitters 4!
    
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Damn, I loved TimeSplitters.
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when haze went down to just £10 on amazon i knew something was wrong. They really failed to do anything that lived up to their reputation with haze. They shouldve stuck to wacky shoot-em-ups. Unfortunately they went a little bit too optimistically down the insomniac route and failed to deliver.
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not much of a console gamer but this really makes me upset, Timesplitters and Battlefront series were my faves and pretty much the only console games ive actually loved
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After that travesty known as HAZE, what do people expect. It has a accumulative average of 55/100 on Metacritic and Gamerankings.

The funny thing is that they bashed Halo 3 to hell, calling it generic when they blatantly copied key aspects of Halo for their own game HAHAHAHAHA! Haze sold less than 150k copies; Halo 3 has sold 9mln to date; Halo 3 has an average score of 94/100 on Metacritic.com/Gamerankings.com. Bungie is richer than ever; Free Radical is no more - Bungie/Halo are laughing on its grave and so am I.


I hope they go back to Rare :-)
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After that travesty known as HAZE, what do people expect. It has a accumulative average of 55/100 on Metacritic and Gamerankings.

The funny thing is that they bashed Halo 3 to hell, calling it generic when they blatantly copied key aspects of Halo for their own game HAHAHAHAHA! Haze sold less than 150k copies; Halo 3 has sold 9mln to date; Halo 3 has an average score of 94/100 on Metacritic.com/Gamerankings.com. Bungie is richer than ever; Free Radical is no more - Bungie/Halo are laughing on its grave and so am I.


I hope they go back to Rare :-)
Maybe, but TS:FP>Halo (1, 2, and 3) any day. TS:FP and TS2 were absolutely brilliant.
    
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Aww I'm gonna miss Cortez.
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Nooooo

TimeSplitters were some of the best console FPS's ever made.

They beat any Halo game and pretty much every console FPS out there
    
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NOOOoooo.... Timesplitters 4 why have you forsaken me. I bought all the timesplitters games, even bought a PSX just for timesplitters 1. And now it's gone, now its a case of finding where these devs went to. (They started in Rare, makers of golden eye and perfect dark, then they went to free radical so its just a question of where to next)
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