THQ Nordic claims the reference in SpellForce 3: Fallen God to a remake of TimeSplitters 2 was just a joke.
SpellForce 3: Fallen God was released for PC last week, and players later discovered that several in-game items related to upcoming and released titles from THQ Nordic could be acquired.
Items include Biomutant, Gothic Remake, SpongeBob SquarePants: Fight for Bikini Bottom and TimeSplitters 2 Remake.
The description of the article reads: “It is finally coming! The iconic shooter that has proven itself to enter the era of modern games. “
In the meantime, however, an unnamed THQ Nordic spokesman has claimed that this item was meant as a joke.
“The intention behind these Easter Eggs was pure fun. When Koch Media and Deep Silver are ready to talk about TimeSplitters, they will make sure to be heard. “
THQ, stated last year that it was planning a sequel to the series, with original co-director Steve Ellis hired to help plan the future course for the franchise.
Three titles in the TimeSplitters franchise were released for PS2, Xbox and GameCube in the early 2000s before developer Free Radical was acquired by German developer Crytek, which was renamed Crytek UK and eventually sold to Koch Media.
Koch and his label Deep Silver were acquired by THQ Nordic in February 2018, and the group bought the rights to TimeSplitters and another title developed by Free Radical, Second Sight, in August of that year.
“We are very pleased about the acquisition of Timesplitters,” said Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz at the time.
TimeSplitters co-director Steve Ellis later accepted VGCthat he had “unfinished business” with the FPS series and that the chance to revive it was “hard to ignore”.