Crytek UK has commented on a recent Timesplitters 4 rumour published in - gosh, the letter pages of Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine UK, otherwise known as us. How very interesting.
Yet to pick up the issue in question, which also features a gigantic Halo 4 preview, feature on 2012's most promising shooters and a lengthy chat with Peter Molyneux? Oh go on, I'll spill the beans. One of our sources claims he/she/it has seen the game running. Does he/she/it have anything further to add? Not on your life, sunshine.
Here's Crytek's take on the story, via CVG: "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?
Do you know, I'm not sure they're treating this with the seriousness it undoubtedly deserves.
Update: Just to clarify, Crytek UK insists Timesplitters 4 isn't in development.