Homefront developer solely found hidden TimeSplitters 2 codes after sport shipped • Eurogamer.web


Final week, we heard there was a secret unlock code to make the complete TimeSplitters 2 marketing campaign playable in Homefront: The Revolution, opening up the sport’s well-known Easter egg which was beforehand thought to function simply a few basic TimeSplitters 2 ranges.

Days later, that secret unlock code was then rediscovered after the matter hit the headlines – and there have been really a number of codes, it was revealed, with some nonetheless having unknown features.

Eurogamer video producer Ian Higton performed by way of Homefront: The Revolution to check considered one of these codes out – you’ll be able to see him getting into the code within the footage beneath, and making an attempt out quite a few TimeSplitters 2 story ranges.

However why had been these unlock codes created? And who created them? Talking to somebody near the undertaking, I’ve heard just a little extra – and been informed these codes date again to the unique model of TimeSplitters 2, and had been unwittingly ported in. It was really solely after Homefront: The Revolution launched that developer Dambuster Studios realised there was a way to unlock extra of TimeSplitters 2 within the sport.

Based on our supply, when Dambuster introduced over the unique TimeSplitters 2 recordsdata, these recordsdata additionally included these codes. The Easter egg, born out of an workplace joke, had solely ever been designed as being simply the primary two TimeSplitters 2 ranges, as time was brief to ensure every thing labored.

The quickest methodology of porting in these two marketing campaign ranges was to incorporate the complete TimeSplitters 2 story mode – secret codes and all – then deploy a soft-lock so gamers wouldn’t be capable to entry ranges which hadn’t been totally examined.

Our supply guessed that the unlock codes had been included within the authentic TimeSplitters 2 for testing functions or maybe to unlock all ranges in a model of the sport made accessible to press, or to the general public at an occasion.

Now, everybody can play as a lot of TimeSplitters 2 as they need – although, honest warning, you do nonetheless have to play a whole lot of Homefront: The Revolution to get there. Its arcade cupboard holding TimeSplitters 2 lies in a late-game stage you may want to succeed in first earlier than unlocking entry to TimeSplitters 2 from its important menu. Hey, if solely there was an unlock code for that!

“It is price taking into account that you will have to pressure your manner by way of about seven hours price of Homefront: Revolution’s marketing campaign in an effort to attain an space known as The Restricted Zone,” Ian informed me. “This isn’t a enjoyable job as a result of the sport is principally a fun-free Far Cry that is stuffed with sport breaking bugs, weird glitches, and over lengthy, unskippable cutscenes.”

For now, this Easter egg is the closest followers can get to taking part in TimeSplitters on modern-day machines. However will there be time to separate as soon as once more?

As of 2019, the official rights to TimeSplitters belong to THQ Nordic, now generally known as Embracer, the guardian firm of Deep Silver Dambuster Studios, and former Free Radical Design veteran Steve Ellis has supposedly been tapped up for no matter’s subsequent.

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