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A remake of everybody's favourite anarchic shooter TimeSplitters 2 is on the way, according to a tease found in a recently released THQ Nordic RTS title.
SpellForce 3: Fallen God was released for PC just last week, and players are already discovering a number of in-game items that refer to THQ Nordic titles - both announced and unannounced. These items reference everything from SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, which launched earlier this year, to something called TimeSplitters 2 Remake, which definitely hasn't been announced yet.
This TimeSplitters 2 reference was uncovered by YouTuber Beyond (via VGC). Uploading their findings to YouTube, we can see that the item's description reads: "It's finally coming! The iconic shooter, which has stood the test of time to join the era of modern games." It's finally happening guys. Colour me excited.
Of course this probably won't come as a complete surprise for those of you who've been desperately following TimeSplitters owner THQ for any scrap of information on a new game or remake. The publisher has found major success in remastering a number of classic PS2-era titles including Destroy All Humans! and the aforementioned SpongeBob game - reviving something as beloved as TimeSplitters? No brainer.
In fact just last year THQ announced that it had hired the original game's co-director Steve Ellis to "help plot the future course for [the] franchise". I'd hope that means we're getting remakes and a brand-new entry, however, because I'd hate to imagine that Ellis has just been brought back to slap a fresh coat of paint on an old game.
The TimeSplitters franchise enjoyed a brief time in the sun back in the early 2000s. Developer Free Radical released three games for PS2, Xbox, and GameCube, before a series of business acquisitions effectively meant that any plans for a new entry were lost in the shuffle. THQ Nordic purchased the rights to TimeSplitters back in 2018, making it fairly clear it had ambitions to do something with the franchise.
"We are hugely excited to have acquired TimeSplitters," Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz said in a press release at the time. "The original games gave fans a massive content offer and provided a pure and genuinely fun arcade shooter experience. We have many fans of the TimeSplitters series among our own staff who are passionate about creating a product that will thrill today's gaming audience."
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