A local 4K port of TimeSplitters 2 is tucked inside Homefront: The Revolution. There’s only one downside – the code to unlock it has seemingly been misplaced.
Throughout the Easter weekend, ex-Vlambeer developer Jan Willem Nijman requested fellow devs to level out their favorite Easter eggs hidden of their video games. Matt Phillips, who beforehand labored at Homefront: The Revolution developer Dambuster, revealed a doozy: “My proudest second. Absolutely playable, native 4K port of TimeSplitters 2 hidden on this arcade machine in Homefront: The Revolution.”
— Matt Phillips (@bigevilboss) April 4, 2021
We already knew that two ranges of the traditional shooter have been hidden inside Homefront, and followers had beforehand discovered the complete recreation in Homefront’s recordsdata, nevertheless it remained unplayable by regular means.
Nonetheless, Phillips says that the sport was “totally playable” with using an unlock code. And that is the place it will get difficult, as Phillips not has the pocket book the place he wrote it down. Even worse, his earlier makes an attempt to unfold it have been shut down. Responding to a fan’s request for the best way to unlock the remainder, Phillips stated:
“The unlock code has been misplaced to time, I haven’t got the pocket book with it in any extra. I as soon as gave it to a good friend to leak in some Discord channel they usually referred to as him a liar and banned his account ahahah”.
Amazingly, Phillips even factors out that he particularly designed Homefront’s in-game arcade machine, which prompts the TimeSplitters Easter egg, in order that it could activate a multiplayer menu if positioned in the identical map as a second arcade machine.
Making clear that it could solely work in principle, Phillips wrote: “I ported the community stack to experience on high of [Homefront: The Revolution’s] co-op mode. If, and that is a giant if, anybody was in a position to hack two or extra arcades into one of many co-op maps, it will boot to the [multiplayer] menu.” Phillips says he thinks there have been two of the sport’s multiplayer maps included.
In fact, the Web is already on the lookout for methods to search out the code, with many gamers already combing the sport’s recordsdata for clues. Phillips says this can be a fruitless search: “To place you out of your distress,” he wrote to a number of Twitter customers, “there’s nothing within the base recreation that even remotely hints on the cheat, sorry.”
That doubtless will not cease followers on the lookout for methods to bypass the code (or go looking for somebody who has it), nevertheless – TimeSplitters 2 is a cult traditional to today, and the lure of a 4K port is probably going sufficient to maintain the neighborhood scouring.
As for a way the whole thing of TimeSplitters 2 was allowed into Homefront: The Revolution within the first place, Dambuster began life as TimeSplitters creator Free Radical, which held onto the supply code and later gained the rights to make use of it.
Given the fan response to this Easter egg, it would not appear to be a horrible thought to simply… launch the port as a standalone recreation. We might even see extra TimeSplitters sooner or later, too – Koch Media has beforehand hinted at a brand new challenge within the collection, and introduced on co-creator Steve Ellis to “plot the long run course” of the franchise.