It Takes Two includes an easter egg through which players can hear the game’s director, Josef Fares, rant about and condemn the Oscars.
The latest game by Hazelight Studios, It Takes Two, apparently includes an easter egg through which players can hear the game’s director, Josef Fares, rant about the Oscars. Back at the 2017 Game Awards, Fares shocked the gaming world by standing next to one of the industry’s finest, Geoff Keighley, pointing straight at the camera, and yelling bluntly, “F*** the Oscars!” This was during an interview regarding Fares and Hazelight’s previous game, A Way Out, which came out in March 2018.
Ironically, Fares comes from a filmmaking background. He made several Swedish feature films before stepping into the gaming industry. Fares founded Hazelight in 2014 after directing Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons with Starbreeze Studios. It Takes Two serves as the studio’s second release, the first being A Way Out, which has sold nearly 3.5 million copies. EA had announced a new EA Originals deal with Hazelight in June 2019, but It Takes Two wasn’t officially announced until roughly a year later at EA Play. The game released on March 26.
Now that It Takes Two has hit the market, the gaming community has done one of its favorite things using its favorite tool. As reported by Kotaku, players took little time exploring every nook and cranny of It Takes Two and making their discoveries public on the internet. One of the best surprises was an easter egg which played a brief audio clip of Josef Fares condemning the Oscars in favor of Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards. Keighley even Tweeted about the easter egg, expressing love towards his fellow industry figure. The easter egg can be found in a level where the players must use a device that lets them listen into space. If players scan around the stars enough, they’ll eventually stumble upon Fares’s infamous rant about the Oscars, a moment which probably made his name more popular than his company’s. The game is exclusively co-op, so it’s a great, hilarious moment to share with someone close.
A very familiar moment pops up in It Takes Two as an easter egg….
Gotta love @josef_fares!
What an incredibly fun game, the sheer variety of gameplay is insane…and it all controls so well too. pic.twitter.com/G4htZCW9Bx
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 28, 2021
This is far from Fares’s only brush with expletives since he’s been in the spotlight. This incident dates back to 2017, but just this past January, he dropped another f-bomb when discussing Microsoft’s naming conventions for Xbox. It would seem that he was just as confused as much of the industry was when Xbox revealed Project Scarlett’s official name would be Xbox Series X/S. As a prominent and notorious figure in both the film and game industries, he’s no stranger to being unashamed of his voice and making sure it’s heard.
It Takes Two marks the third co-op game out of three total games developed by Fares. He has capitalized on a genre that hasn’t grown all that much in many years. Before Fares came on the scene, most co-op experiences were not particularly narrative-driven, but Fares seems to have found himself a place in the industry that he connects with. So far, he seems to gravitate towards shared experiences as opposed to solo ones, and he does so with his own style and flourishes. He has become known for his enthusiasm, passion, and down-to-earth style when it comes to developing engrossing games with engaging stories. He clearly loves what he does and isn’t afraid to share his excitement, or to memorialize it in games like It Takes Two.
Next: It Takes Two Review: A Wonderful Co-op Adventure
Sources: Kotaku, Geoff Keighley
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