New RTS expansion SpellForce 3: Fallen God contains a reference to a TimeSplitters 2 Remake but, sadly, publisher THQ Nordic says it’s just a joke for now.

YouTube user Beyond posted a video showing a French version of the game, in which an in-game merchant sells a TimeSplitters 2 Remake item. The item’s description (when translated from French) reads: “It’s finally coming! The iconic shooter, which has stood the test of time to join the era of modern games.”

It led to a certain amount of excitement, given that we know THQ Nordic sister company Koch Media has plans for TimeSplitters. Sadly, in this case, it’s nothing but a joke. A THQ Nordic spokesperson told IGN: “The intention behind those easter eggs was pure fun. When Koch Media and Deep Silver are ready to talk about TimeSplitters, they will make sure to get heard.” We’ve contacted Koch Media for its own take on the situation.

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That plural on “easter eggs” is notable – the game also includes items for BioMutant and Gothic that imply those long-awaited games have been cancelled, which THQ Nordic also says is untrue.

TimeSplitters 2 remains a much-loved FPS, and one we’d love to see on Switch. Since Koch bought the rights to the game, as well as Dambuster Studios (which was previously TimeSplitters creator Free Radical), we’ve heard very little about its next incarnation, although we know series creator Steve Ellis was brought on to “plot the course” of the franchise, and that the company’s been working on ideas for its future.

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