Word of the substantial easter egg first surfaced over the weekend, when former Homefront: The Revolution developer Matt Phillips revealed the TimeSplitters 2 cameo seen in Homefront’s retail version – two story levels playable on an in-game arcade cabinet – was originally intended to be “fully playable” via an unlock code that was never publicly released.
Unfortunately, “the unlock code has been lost to time,” Phillips tweeted, explaining he no longer had the notebook with it in any more. The developer did, however, reveal the code had been shared with a friend to leak in a Discord channel prior to its disappearance (“They called him a liar and banned his account”, Phillips noted), and it’s this very same friend – Xbox principal software engineer Spencer Perreault – who’s re-emerged to save the day.
According to Perreault’s tweet, players wishing to squeeze some TimeSplitters 2 action out of their Homefront time, might want to try entering the code “LT+Up, LT+Up, Down, LT+Right, RT+Left, RT+B, LT+Y, LT+Y, RT+X, LT+A” into the game using an Xbox controller.
Here is a nice writeup. You can just enter the code on the level select screen for the easiest result. pic.twitter.com/ovUXyohqAr
— Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) April 9, 2021
But! That isn’t quite all. Famed Dark Souls dataminer Lance MacDonald later posted that he’d originally planned to try reverse engineering the Homefront arcade cabinet’s menu/input system (found some six hours into the game), but that another player – Fanoto – got there first, discovering a bevy of controller specific unlock codes, as seen above.
So there you go; if you still have a copy of Homefront: The Revolution to hand, you now have the perfect excuse to fire it up again. Although obviously, a quicker way to play TimeSplitters 2, if you still have a copy of that, would just be to play TimeSplitters 2.