A remake of the classic PS2 shooter TimeSplitters 2 is said to be teased in the new THQ Nordic RTS title.
SpellForce 3: Fallen God for PC was released last week, and players have since discovered that various in-game items can be obtained referring to upcoming and released THQ Nordic titles.
Items include Biomutant, Gothic Remake, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom’s remaster, and “TimeSplitters 2 Remake”.
As captured by YouTuber (thanks to VGC reader Mat Ombler for advice), the item description, translated from French, reads: “It’s Finally Coming! The iconic shooter, who has stood the test of time to join the era of modern gaming.”
TimeSplitters THQ owner indicated last year that he was planning a future part of the series, with original co-director Steve Ellis “hired” to help plan the future turn of the series. [the] Franchising. “
However, he did not say if his plans include a remake of the original games. SpellForce’s teaser might turn into a practical joke on behalf of its developer, but VGC has requested comment from THQ Nordic to hear its official stance.
Three titles were released in the TimeSplitters franchise for PS2, Xbox and GameCube in the early 2000s, before German developer Crytek acquired developer Free Radical, which was renamed Crytek UK and eventually sold to Koch Media.
THQ Nordic acquired Koch and its Deep Silver publishing brand by THQ Nordic in February 2018 and the group purchased the TimeSplitters property in August of the same year, along with the title of developer Free Radical, Second Sight.
Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz said at the time, “We are very excited to acquire Timesplitters.”
“The Original Games gave fans massive content and provided a truly pure and fun shooting experience. We have many fans of the Timesplitters series among our employees who are passionate about creating a product that will impress today’s gaming audience.”
TimeSplitters’ co-director Steve Ellis later told VGC that he had “unfinished business” with the FPS series and that the chance to revive it was “hard to ignore”.
He said, “Personally, I’ve always seen TimeSplitters as a“ unfinished business. ”It has been a series ahead of its time, from the days when shooting games were brown and not online games.
“It looks like now is the time, so the opportunity to act on it was hard to ignore.”
Series author Graeme Norgate told VGC in a separate comment, “I’m really glad he’s finally getting started, 14 years after the last release. Let’s hope Steve decides to bring the old band back together!”