As a great 2000s first-person shooter and, let's not forget, a game that's been immortalized in cinema (thanks, Shaun of the Dead), Free Radical's TimeSplitters 2 seems like it's an inevitable candidate for remake glory some day. That day hasn't come just yet, however.
An overt nod to a TimeSplitters 2 Remake found in THQ Nordic's new release SpellForce 3: Fallen God had many folks wondering whether the publisher was actually signaling its intent to release one (THQ Nordic does genuinely have the rights to the TimeSplitters series, after all). Speculation about such a revival's been cut short by a statement THQ Nordic gave to Eurogamer, though—the Remake's appearance is "just an innocent Easter egg" for TimeSplitters fans.
The fake Remake appears in SpellForce 3's new expansion by way of a merchant who Nordic says is "known especially for not telling the truth." Along with the TimeSplitters 2 tease, the merchant can also be found carrying boxes for cancelled Biomutant and Gothic titles.
While a remake of the most popular TimeSplitters installment apparently isn't on the way from THQ Nordic, the company does have plans in store for a different sort of revival. After purchasing the rights to the series in 2018, THQ Nordic announced the hiring of series co-creator Steve Ellis for a TimeSplitters project in August 2019.
On the 20th anniversary of TimeSplitters earlier this year, USgamer contributor Aaron Potter chatted with Free Radical's David Doak about the prospect of a modern series reboot. Doak isn't working on the new THQ Nordic project with Ellis, but he says he hopes to see TimeSplitters embrace a more social model like Fortnite moving forward. "That's where its kind of DNA is: in being a multiplayer first-person short with a lot of fun," Doak says. "That was the nutshell of it."