A native 4K port of TimeSplitters 2 is found within Homefront: The Revolution. There is only one problem: the code to unlock it has apparently been lost.
Over the past weekend, former Vlambeer developer Jan Willem Nijman asked other developers to point out their favorite Easter eggs hidden in their games. Matt Phillips, who previously worked on Homefront: The Revolution, revealed a dazzling one: “My proudest moment was a native, fully playable 4K port of TimeSplitters 2 hidden in this arcade machine in Homefront: The Revolution.”
My proudest moment. Native and fully playable 4K port from TimeSplitters 2 hidden in this arcade machine in Homefront: The Revolution. https://t.co/U0ulGEW1A1 pic.twitter.com/a4UsyOw7eh
– Matt Phillips (@bigevilboss) April 4, 2021
We already knew that two levels of the classic shooter game were hidden within Homefront, and fans had previously found the full set in the Homefront archives, but they were not playable by normal means.
However, Phillips says that the game was “fully playable” with the use of an unlock code. And that’s where it gets tricky, since Phillips no longer has the notebook where he wrote it. Worse still, his previous attempts to spread it were canceled. Responding to a request from a fan on how to unlock the rest, Phillips said:
“The unlock code has been lost in time, I no longer have the laptop with it. I once gave it to a friend to filter on a Discord channel and they called him a liar and banned his account hahaha. “
Surprisingly, Phillips even points out that he specifically designed the arcade machine from the Homefront game, which activates the TimeSplitters easter egg, so that it would activate a multiplayer menu if placed on the same map as a second arcade.
Making it clear that it would only work in theory, Phillips wrote: “I brought the network stack to mount on top of co-op [Homefront: The Revolution]. Yes, and that’s a big yes. [condicional], someone could hack two or more games in one of the cooperative maps, it will start in the menu [multijugador]. ”. Phillips says he thinks two of the game’s multiplayer maps were included.
Of course, the internet is already looking for ways to find the code, and many gamers are already searching the game files for clues. Phillips says this may be a fruitless quest: “To get you out of your misery,” he wrote to several Twitter users, “There is nothing in the base game to even remotely suggest cheating, sorry.”
However, that probably won’t stop fans from looking for ways to bypass the code (or find someone to do it) – TimeSplitters 2 is a cult classic to this day, and the allure of a 4K port. it is enough to maintain the interest of the community.
As for how the entirety of TimeSplitters 2 was allowed to be part of Homefront: The Revolution in the first place, it should be remembered that Dambuster is a studio founded by the creators of the series, Free Radical, who stuck to the source code and then obtained the rights to use it.
Given the fan response to this Easter egg, it doesn’t seem like a far-fetched idea that it ends up releasing a port as a standalone title. We may one day see more TimeSplitters as well: Koch Media has previously hinted at a new project in the series and has hired co-creator Steve Ellis to “chart the future course” of the franchise.
Two queens for Marvel: Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke join ‘Secret Invasion’, the series about the Skrulls for Disney +
‘Secret Invasion’ just added two queens and I think we can already talk about one of the most interesting projects of Wonderful. Olivia colman, monarch in “The Favorite” and “The Crown”, and Emilia clarke, the queen of “Game of Thrones”, are about to join the series that Marvel Studios is preparing for Disney +.
The two actresses would join a cast that already includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Kingsley Ben-Adir. Let’s remember that Mendelsohn was already presented as the Skrull Talos in ‘Captain Marvel’, where he coincided with Jackson giving life to a younger version of the Nick Fury that we had seen until then (the film took place in the 90s).
As for Kingsley, Ben-Adir (not to be confused with veteran Ben Kingsley) is playing the villain, but no details about the character have been revealed. I’d bet on a crazy Skrull leader who wants to win back the honor of his people and conquer Earth to make it his new home.
There is also no information on the story beyond that it revolves around the Skrulls, a race of aliens who change in a way have been using their abilities for years to infiltrate Earth. This may explain the strange behavior of some celebrities …
“Secret Invasion” is written by Kyle bradstreet And, at the moment, it does not have a release date but it is expected to be ready by 2022.
Square Enix Says Company Not For Sale Following Acquisition Rumors
Square Enix has said it will not consider selling the company, and has not received any offers after a report indicated that “multiple” potential buyers were interested in an acquisition.
CTFN reported that two bankers had indicated that several potential buyers were interested in buying the developer / publisher behind Final Fantasy and Outriders. The news was subsequently reported by Bloomberg Japan, prompting Square Enix to respond.
“Bloomberg reported today that there is interest from various buyers in acquiring Square Enix,” a press release reads. “However, this report is not based on any announcement by Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. We do not consider selling the company or any part of its business, nor have we received any offer from a third party to acquire the company or any part of its business. deal. “.
Of course, both sides of this story may be true: There may well be Square Enix stakeholders, and Square Enix may not be willing to sell the company. That said, analyst David Gibson pointed to the idea that they could be bankers trying to “boost business” at Square Enix.
To back Gibson’s idea, Bloomberg later reported that Square Enix shares rose 12% after the report was released, its biggest rise in eight months.
Video game acquisitions have been big business recently. In fact, in the last year alone, Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media for $ 7.5 billion. For its part, Epic Games bought Mediatonic (Fall Guys) and EA acquired Codemasters after Take-Two showed interest in the developer.
What’s more, Japan has been seen as the natural next step for some of the major gaming companies. And Xbox CEO Phil Spencer recently denied the idea that Microsoft was in contact with various developers in Japan for possible acquisitions. On the other hand, Sony has had to counter the idea that the company is bypassing Japan, although we have recently seen the historic Japan Studio reorganize the company this year, causing a massive exodus of developers.
Amazon cancels MMORPG Lord of the Rings after dispute with Tencent
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that following Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, “they have not been able to secure the terms to continue with this title at this time.” Amazon has canceled its MMORPG game set in The Lord of the Rings that was originally announced in 2019.
As reported by Bloomberg, Amazon Game Studios was developing the game with Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd, a Chinese studio that was bought by Tencent in December 2020.
Negotiations between Amazon and Tencent have sparked a dispute that has ended resulting in the cancellation of the game.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that following Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, “they have not been able to secure the terms to continue with this title at this time.”
The development team will be moving to other projects, and Amazon shared its disappointment at not being able to carry out this ambitious project.
“We love the Lord of the Rings franchise and are disappointed that we are unable to bring this game to fans,” said an Amazon spokesperson.
This game joins Breakaway and Crucible as other projects canceled by Amazon Game Studios, which in turn was the subject of another Bloomberg report detailing the dysfunction and struggles the studio has been grappling with in the recent past.
Amazon is still working on an MMORPG in development called New World, although so far it has been subject to several delays and is now scheduled to launch next August 2021. We were able to test New World a few months ago and we will tell you what this ambitious looked like draft.
For fans disappointed by this cancellation, they should know that Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online is still running and they can still look forward to the series that Amazon is developing for Prime Video, in addition to the Lord of the Rings: Gollum game that is. also outside. Developing.