Ex Crytek programmer Matt Phillips has revealed a surprising Easter Egg hidden the rather rubbish Homefront: The Revolution. Responding to call for the best Easter Eggs hidden in games he Tweeted the following:
— Matt Phillips (@bigevilboss) April 4, 2021
In further Tweets he revealed that the full multiplayer code for Timesplitters 2 was also coded using the existing multiplayer code from Homefront. The arcade machine can be found in a prison complex in Philadelphia in an area called The Bourse.
However, there’s a catch: The code to play the game has been lost. Matt had it written down in a notebook which he has since lost, but he did give the code to a friend who then posted in on a Discord server. The people on the channel decided it was a hoax and banned the persons account and posts, and the code was lost forever.
In 2019 one of the creators of the original TimeSplitters IP, Steve Ellis, has joined THQ Nordic to help them work on a new game but nothing has been heard about a reboot or remake.
The original series kicked off way back on PlayStation 2 in the year 2000 and was followed by the numbered sequel and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, all of which scored highly in reviews and became firm fan favourites. Sadly, after the third outing things got rather messy.
A fourth game was rumoured to be in production at Free Radical in 2007 but in 2009 Crytek snapped up the studio and put the game on hold, renaming the studio to Crytek UK. By 2011 the game was back in production but had moved to run on CryEngine, the following year it cancelled with Cevat Yerli from Crytek stating “Look, I wish we were working on it. The thing with TimeSplitters is, if we made a sequel to TimeSplitters, nobody would accept this apart from some fans, and we don’t know how big the fan community is unfortunately.”
By 2013 Steve Ellis, the chap who has rejoined THQ Nordic, had given up. “I don’t think there’s any chance that’s [TimeSplitters 4] going to happen, you always got to the point where the marketing person in the room would say ‘I don’t know how to sell this’ because they want a character that they can put on the front of the box. Every marketing person and every publisher we spoke to [said] ‘You can’t have that as your selling point’ and maybe the sales figures of previous games backed that up.”
In 2014 Crytek were in financial trouble and sold Homefront 2, which Crytek UK were working on, to Deep Silver, and shut down the studio, but most the staff immediately joined the new Dambuster Studios to continue to work on the game. Deep Silver’s parent company, Koch Media, had then been bought by THQ Nordic.
In August 2018 Crytek were in financial trouble (again) and sold the TimeSplitters franchise to THQ Nordic along with Second Sight, meaning the TimeSplitters IP was once again, via a very convoluted path, reunited with the team who made it.