TimeSplitters 4 is not in development, Crytek has said.
When asked by CVG about the status of the heavily-rumoured shooter sequel, a spokesperson for the publisher responded: "No, it's not in development."
A tongue-in-cheek statement was also provided, explaining that black market monkeys were to blame.
"For Timesplitters 4, with ever spiralling development costs, massive teams and endless crunch we decided on a more radical development strategy," it read.
"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."