This week in rumors
Destiny is all the rage right now, and it was only a matter of time before its already enormous user base began to pick it apart and spark speculation on what else is to come from Bungie's epic shooter. The big question is, will there be any new planets added? Rumors this week claim Mercury is on it's way.
Elsewhere, the GTA V re-release on PS4, Xbox One and PC draws near, and internet reports tip some rather neat new features coming to the spruced up port. Also, SimCity may have a new competitor in the form of a long-dormant management sim series make a return, and leaked images show Mario in wrestling gear. For a volleyball game. Nope, not joking. Here are all the latest rumors...
GTA V new-gen to feature new first-person modes
The Rumor: Rockstar appeared to have revealed a new first-person view mode for the new PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of GTA V, when it said as much on the official website. The information, however, was swiftly removed, but not before Reddit got a hold of it. According to the deleted post, the remake will feature "A brand new first person mode for vehicles that shows the interior of the vehicle, including working speedometers, tachometers, dash lights, and more." In addition, "a brand new first person mode while on foot" will also feature.
Our Take: That all sounds very nice, but it's not such a big deal--so why was it suddenly removed? Either Rockstar had some big announcement planned, or it's possible the post could have been inaccurate and therefore misleading. But we'd really like to see the first-person driving feature, so we hope the information is accurate.
PSOne classic town-building sim Constructor getting remake
The Rumor: A title called 'Constructor HD' has cropped up on the website listings of UK retailer GAME for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Constructor is a town building and management sim, albeit lesser known that it's EA counterpart SimCity. It made its debut on PC and PSOne in 1997. Constructor HD is listed as a title 'coming soon in 2014', but there's no further information beyond a piece of pack art.
Our Take: Nothing official has been announced, but the 'HD' in the title suggests a remake rather than a sequel. The original game featured a rather bland look, so we expect a significant makeover to bring it up to speed with modern games, and perhaps an overhaul to its traditional management sim gameplay, too.
Super Mario volleyball/wrestling hybrid canned
The Rumor: It has recently emerged that Nintendo allegedly canned a game called Super Mario Spikers-a rather odd-sounding volleyball/wrestling hybrid for Wii. That's according to to unseen64, which cites a former animator from developer Next Level Games, the same studio behind soccer game Super Mario Strikers. According to the report, Nintendo axed the title because certain aspects of the proposal "clashed with the companys code of honour".
Our Take: We can't quite imagine how volleyball and wrestling would fit together, but we can understand why Nintendo might not want to introduce physical violence to a ball sport. A concept video showed Waluigi stamping on an already lying-down Mario. In a volleyball game. Yeah. We can't say we're surprised it got binned.
Destiny DLC will head to Mercury, add new multiplayer mode
The Rumor: A report from NowGamer, which has since been conspicuously deleted, claimed that the planet Mercury will be added to Destiny in future. According to the site, players who sifted through the game's source code found texts related to a new 3v3 multiplayer listing called the "Trials of Osiris". It read: "You have caught the eye of Osiris. Venture to Mercury and prove yourself as one of the Crucibles elite ... A string of victories will earn great rewards but lose three times and youre out.
Our Take: It will come as no surprise that new multiplayer listings are on the way from Bungie, but what's more interesting is the addition of a new planet to the current roster of four: Earth, Moon, Venus and Mars. All of the current maps in the game are set on planets that also have huge open world areas for the PvE action. This suggests Mercury could provide the setting for a major co-op campaign expansion. We'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, MP1st has more details on what was rumored.
New details on Guerrilla Games' open-world game 'Horizon'
The Rumor: New information has allegedly leaked out on Killzone developer Guerrilla Games' long-rumored new open-world game, Horizon. According to the latest info, courtesy of trusted whistleblower 'Shinobi', the game is a third person Open world RPG set in huge, lush environments comparable in size to CDPR's The Witcher games. Staring a female lead, new concept art allegedly leaked from the studio showing giant robot dinosaurs, as previously rumored. Multiplayer, co-op and a dedicated single-player modes are touted.
Our Take: According to reports, Sony plans to unveil the game at E3 2015. If these leaks continue--assuming they're as solid as they seem--the studio may be forced to unveil it's new IP sooner. With tales of a huge and impressive open world, and over three years of development already, we look forward to seeing it.
Sony launching TV streaming service in 2014
The Rumor: WSJ reports that PlayStation is close to launching an internet television service that will stream dozens of channels to its consoles. While the details have yet to be officially revealed, the news outlet cites Sony Computer Entertainment head Andrew House as having outlined plans to launch the new TV streaming service as soon as this year. Sony has reportedly already signed a deal with with Viacom Inc, securing streams of more than 20 of its channels, including MTV and Nickelodeon, with other partnerships in the works.
Our Take: This would be a big move by Sony, and a big deal for PS4 specifically, considering its comparative lack of TV support versus the Xbox One which, at least, allows for TV pass-through and channel-switching by voice. 2014 would be a surprise turnaround for such a huge service that hasn't even been widely announced.
Sony Bend studio working on 'open-world horror'
The Rumor: Here's another one from one of NeoGAF's prolific leakers, Shinobi; Sony Bend Studio is apparently working on an open-world horror game. Absolutely no further information was offered through fear of "Sony assassins", but the studio is said to be working on an unannounced project for PS4.
Our Take: This would be quite the departure from its latest work: Resistance Retribution on PSP and Uncharted: Golden Abyss on Vita. But it's been a long time since the studio's 2011 Vita release, so it must be up to something. Horror is making a real comeback though, so a new horror game from the creators of Syphon Filter will have plenty of stiff competition.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 also headed for Vita
The Rumor: The recently announced Resident Evil Revelations 2 could be on its way to Vita. Speculation was sparked by images found on the official Tokyo Game Show website, unearthed by NeoGAF users who toyed with URLs on the site. At the time of writing (Friday, September 19), TGS has gotten well underway, but no official announcement has been made.
Our Take: As it stands, Revelations 2 is officially headed to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It would be a pleasant surprise tofor Vita owners if the handheld was added to that list. It's worth highlighting that 3DS is also not currently a part of the official lineup, which is disappointing considering the original Revelations debuted as a 3DS exclusive.
Super Smash Bros. Wii U tipped for November 21 release
The Rumor: The meat is in the headline. November 21 could be the day that Wii U owners finally get their hands on the much-anticipated all-star Nintendo brawler. That's according to promo materials placed on display ahead of schedule by US grocery retail chain Fred Meyer.
Our Take: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS launched in Japan on September 13, and hits US and Europe on October 3. Nintendo has only officially confirmed a 'Holiday 2014' window for the Wii U game, but November seems like the most likely candidate. And this latest leak can be taken more seriously than previous retail leaks for two reasons; firstly, it was seen in printed promos, which is far more permanent (and costly) than an incorrectly posted web listing. And secondly, the release is so close that retailers are now more likely than ever to be aware of the date for planning and distribution purposes. But is your body ready?
Oculus Rift final retail units hit summer 2015
The Rumor: It has been reported that VR firm Oculus VR plans to begin rolling out final retail units of its Rift headset from Summer 2015. Our sister site TechRadar cites "multiple sources with knowledge of the matter". The firm will reportedly ship final retail units to select members of the public gradually, in much the same way Google has released limited units of its Google Glass AR glasses.
Our Take: The Rift has already been years in the making, and two dev kit versions have been released, teasing potential buyers with clunky yet impressive VR, but no final release date has been set. Summer 2015 is still some way away, but if true it is, at least, a light at the end of a very long tunnel.
New-gen Metal Gear collection out later this year
The Rumor: PC and/or new-generation console gamers will be graced with a new Metal Gear Solid compilation later this year, according to speculation sparked by a teaser image from none other than series creator Hideo Kojima himself. The developer posted a teaser image for a 'Metal Gear Collection 2014' being shown on a projector screen, suggesting he's got more surprises to add to his current job list, which already includes Metal Gear Solid 5 and Silent Hills.
Our Take: Typical Kojima; he just doesn't do 'normal' announcements. Something is coming, but what could it be? The word on the street--and the obvious guess--is a new compilation for Xbox One, PS4 and maybe even PC. New-gen remakes are all the rage at the moment.
Microsoft testing Xbox game streaming for PC
The Rumor: Microsoft is allegedly working on some fancy new cloud streaming tech that will be able to stream Xbox 360 and Xbox One games directly to a PC web browser. Working similarly to cloud services such as OnLive or PlayStation Now, the alleged Xbox service can stream "the full 360 experience" to web browsers at 60fps with low latency, according to Neowin, citing an anonymous source.
Our Take: With Sony having recently launched PlayStation Now--its cloud gaming service that streams PS3 gameplay to PS4 and other Sony devices--we expect Microsoft will be doing everything it can to bring Xbox game streaming to the cloud. We'd be surprised to see Xbox One games streamed to PC though. Technical challenges aside, that wouldn't do Xbox One hardware sales any favors.
Beyond: Two Souls PS4 trophies allegedly discovered
The Rumor: Trophy tracking site Exophase claims it has discovered a list of trophies for a still unannounced PS4 version of Quantic Dreams' Beyond: Two Souls, adding to the growing pile of evidence that the thriller is due for a new-gen port. This comes after it was recently rumored that the PS4 version of the game will be a 'Director's Cut' containing deleted scenes, including one in which protagonist Jodie is a baby. The previously released 'Advanced Experiments' DLC will also be included, according to French site Gameblog, citing unnamed "sources".
Our Take: With two separate German retail listings, reports of a Director's Cut and now this alleged trophy list, the likelihood of a Beyond: Two Souls PS4 remake seems to be increasing each week. The Last of Us Remastered has been a huge success for Sony, so we fully expect more late-PS3-gen titles to make their way to the new console soon.
Lego Jurassic World video game in the works
The Rumor: The Lego company and Universal are said to be negotiating contracts for the production of a video game based on the new movie, Jurassic World, slated for release in June 2015. Fansite Jurassicworld.org claims to have obtained two internal memos leaked out of Toys 'R' Us--a partner of the movie--which reveals Lego is also partnered with the studio, and a Lego Jurassic World game is in the works.
Our Take: If genuine, the memos reflect a promo campaign heavily targeting children--as was largely the case for the original Jurassic Park movie. If so, another movie-based Lego spin-off, which have been mostly fantastic over the years, would be a perfect accompaniment to the movie launch next year. However, the game will need to be already deep into development because these things take time and June is only nine months away.
Vib-Ribbon headed for a funky revival
The Rumor: Sony has conspicuously filed a new trademark for Vib-Ribbon. We'll forgive you for not knowing what that is. Vib-Ribbon is a cult classic--and admittedly slightly odd--PSone rhythm action game. It was the work of Japanese studio NanaOn-Sha, the same folk behind PaRappa the Rapper, albeit with not nearly the same legacy as the kicking-punching button tapper. The trademark, filed September 3, has sparked speculation that the long dormant franchise could be making a welcome return to the limelight.
Our Take: A 'PSone Classic' via the PlayStation Store would be our best guess, although we'd welcome an all-new title with open, robot-dancing arms. Vib-Ribbon innovated with its wireframe visuals and unique ability to generate beat-based 2D platform levels from any song the player inserted into the PlayStation.
Samurai Showdown set to show up once more
The Rumor: It's been over five years since the last Samurai Showdown game, Samurai Showdown Anthology, was released. But the Japanese 2D fighting series could be about to make a comeback; developer SNK Playmore has be spied filing new Japanese trademarks for Samurai Spirits (as the series is known in Japan). This comes just days after the firm also filed TMs for its other iconic fighting series, King of Fighters and Maximum Impact.
Our Take: It very much looks like SNK may be preparing for a new onslaught of fighting game action, with the revival of its long-running beat-'em-ups. Whether they'll be new games or remakes is entirely unknown, but all-new series entries are long overdue.
New King of Fighters, Maximum Impact games on the way
The Rumor: Trademark hounds have sniffed out recent Japanese filings for King of Fighters and Maximum Impact from Japanese developer SNK Playmore. Both apparently filed in late July, it has sparked rumors that the firm could be preparing either sequels or modern-day remakes in the long-running fighting series.
Our Take: Series fans will remember Maximum Impact as a selection of 3D King of Fighters games that were released for PS2 and the original Xbox in 2004-2007. SNK could be planning new games in the series, or it could be planning to bring the PS2 classics to the PlayStation Store. Which would you prefer?
Super Smash Bros. characters leaked
The Rumor: A batch of allegedly leaked videos taken from the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS revealed the inclusion of several previously unconfirmed playable fighters. Among those leaked were: Bowser Jr., the dog from Duck Hunt, Wario, Mr. Game & Watch, Ganondorf, Jigglypuff, R.O.B., Ness and Dr. Mario. One leaker also claimed that Lucas, Star Wolf, Snake, Ice Climbers and Rhythm Heaven's Chorus Men, will be added via post-launch DLC, although no proof was provided.
Our Take: Xenoblade Chronicles protagonist Shulk was also among those leaked in the videos, before being officially confirmed by Nintendo in a Nintendo Direct broadcast on August 29. This, along with the seemingly unquestionable validity of the leaked footage (Nintendo has attempted, unsuccessfully, to have them all taken offline), means it's safe to assume these characters will be revealed in the next few weeks.
Activision considering opening its own movie studio
The Rumor: The video game publishing giant Activision is reportedly musing over forming its own internal movie production studio. According to The Information (as in, the site of that name), the studio would work on film and TV series projects based on Activision's major game franchises, saving them having to license their precious IPs out to external studios.
Our Take: While in talks over the idea, apparently Activision CEO Bobby Kotick remains cautious given the reputation for video game movies to suck a boat load of ass. If we were him, we would be too. Does the world even need a Call of Duty movie?
Microsoft trademarks 'Forza Hub'
The Rumor: Microsoft has trademarked 'Forza Hub', which of course means that something utterly magical is in store for Forza players. The trademark apparently caters to "providing interactive, multiplayer game services for video games", which is legal jargon for "all kinds of exciting things about cars and stuff". Probably.
Our Take: If you close your eyes and get those imagination juices flowing, you could picture some sort of central social point for all things Forza, like car designs, race stats, leaderboards, shared replays, car profiles and other such online wizardry. In truth, it could amount to nothing at all. The world is cruel like that.
New Spyro and Crash Bandicoot games canned
The Rumor: Junkie Monkeys (the site, not a group of addict primates) recently dug up a load of concept art from a man who claims to have been working new Spyro and Crash Bandicoot games last year. The images show models of Crash and his antagonist Dr. Cortex, along with proposed levels. Alas, both projects have since been canned, according to the same source.
Our Take: If true, even if both games have been binned, it could at least indicate that Activision is making some small effort to revive the long dormant franchises. We still get all teary-eyed when reminiscing over the glory days of PS1-era Crash Bandicoot, so here's hoping the publisher will try again with more success next time around.
Leprechaun: Origins director to helm Dead Rising movie
The Rumor: Zach Lipovsky, the director of Leprechaun: Origins, is said to have signed up for the director's chair once more to point and shout at the people making the 90-minute Dead Rising feature film. That's according to The Wrap, which reports that Lipovsky is set to join Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and writer Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) on the production crew.
Our Take: We're just excited to see how this will turn out. With Capcom's other zombie-filled game, Resident Evil, being one of few game franchises to have spawned a decent movie franchise, it'll be interesting to see if the firm can pull it off again--but this time with less demented AI child devils and a tad more (intended) comedy.
Warner tipped to take over Xbox Entertainment Studios
The Rumor: Warner Bros. is reportedly in talks with Microsoft over acquiring its Xbox Entertainment Studios division. Microsoft said in July that it was in the process of closing the studio, ditching almost all of its in-development projects. But if the claims of an anonymous source speaking to the Hollywood Reporter turn out true, Warner would take on a number of these projects, along with execs at the studio. The firm may also apparently merge the studio with Machinima, in which it also owns a stake.
Our Take: Microsoft only formed the Xbox Entertainment Studio in February last year with the intention of producing "interactive content for Xbox and other devices". It was an intriguing proposition and it's disappointing to see it fall apart so soon. We hope Warner does rescue the operation and whatever interesting projects it may have up its sleeve.
Nintendo to deliver major remake for Wii U in 2015
The Rumor: Nintendo is apparently planning to release a major remake for Wii U in 2015. That's according to an online informant known as 'Nico.A', who has apparently gained notoriety for previously accurately leaking Nintendo information including the Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes and Devil's Third. No further information was offered.
Our Take: Nintendo saw success with the re-release of Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker on Wii U, which could serve as encouragement to bring more GameCube or Wii classics to its first HD-capable console. If we could vote, we'd pick Metroid Prime, F-Zero GX or Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader.
Major PS4 announcement coming at Tokyo Game Show
The Rumor: Sony will apparently announce a major new PS4 game at the Tokyo Game Show in September. This is according to Hirokazu Hamamura, the former editor-in-chief of respected Japanese publication Famitsu, who claims to have 'heard' the news on the grapevine.
Our Take: SCE Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida has already admitted that the firm had to hold back on some of its PS4 announcements because, he said, it had too much to fit into its Gamescom press conference. PS4 games will be a priority for TGS, Yoshida went on to say, especially considering the PS4's struggle to gain sales momentum in Sony's home country. We hear the cries for The Last Guardian already.
Valve 'soft launches' Source 2 engine
The Rumor: A group of modders believe that Valve has quietly launched an early version of its anticipated Source 2 engine--the in-development follow-up to the engine that powered Half Life 2. People with the technical know-how have snooped around inside the code of the recently released Workshop Tools for Dota 2, and claim to have discovered code of a significantly different architecture and vastly updated processes. There's a load of techno mumbo-jumbo, but what it all amounts to, according to one modder, is evidence that this is the first public release for Source 2 engine.
Our Take: It's all very techie and complicated, but even if true, it really won't mean a thing for most gamers until Valve actually announces--dare we even suggest it--a certain first-person shooter starring a man named Gordon.
New 1TB PS4 consoles allegedly on the way
The Rumor: A new report, citing an unnamed 'retailer source', claims that a new PS4 containing double the hard drive space of current models is on its way this Fall. The evidence, according to the report, is a new "leaked" PS4 model number, 'CUH-1001X'. The current PS4 model number is 'CUH-1001A'. Apparently the 'A' in that number references the hard drive, and the 'X' in the new model number suggests there will be a different hard drive in these new machines.
Our Take: The PS4 could certainly do with a 1TB (1000GB) hard drive, given the size of some PS4 games (as much as 50GB) and the increasing prominence of digital downloads these days. But without any real evidence of the information it claims, we remain skeptical of this particular rumor for the time being. It doesn't explain exactly how it learned that the last character in the model number relates to the hard drive, or how it arrived at the conclusion that said new hard drive will be 1TB in size.
New Watch Dogs missions set in Camden, New Jersey
The Rumor: Watch Dogs will apparently venture outside of Chicago for the first time this fall with new a DLC expansion that takes the action to Camden, New Jersey. That's the speculation sparked by a teaser from the official Watch Dogs Twitter feed, which posted the above picture along with the message: "Our data indicates surveillance has become more prominent in high-crime areas_".
Our Take: The message in the image is a true statistic for Camden, a small town just southeast of Philadelphia known for its alarmingly high homicide rates, poverty and general urban decay. This would seem a likely setting for a vigilante mission, but for now we can only speculate. Ubisoft was only prepared to confirm that the teaser relates to DLC "out this fall".
SOE preparing for 'Corpse Run' announcement?
The Rumor: DC Universe Online and Planetside 2 developer Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) could be working on a new game titleed 'Corpse Run'. So suggests a recently-spotted trademark filing from the studio. The filing relates to "entertainment services, namely, providing an online video game for others via the internet", it reads. There's otherwise no further information.
Our Take: The obvious thing to speculate is that, given the name, the filing could be related to SOE's DayZ-like zombie survival game H1Z1--perhaps it's had a change of heart on that bizarre title and has decided to go with something a little more conventional. Perhaps it's looking to take ownership of the phrase 'Corpse Run', used in MMO circles in reference to the act of seeking out your own corpse after death typically to recover lost items, weapons and loot. Or it could be a new game entirely. At this point there's very little to go on.
'The Hungry Horde' possibly a new game from Sony
The Rumor: Trademark hawks have spotted a new filing from Sony for a title called 'The Hungry Horde'. Filed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) in July, the "computer game software" trademark offers no information beyond the title, but may suggest that a reveal is just around the corner.
Our Take: While nothing is confirmed at this point, The Hungry Horde could be related to a game in development at LittleBigPlanet Vita developer Tarzier Studios titled 'Hunger'. The game was announced at the Nordic Game Conference 2014 in May as a downloadable title for PS4 and is described as a "third-person 3D action adventure game with stealth and exploration elements". The above image was concept art that accompanied that announcement.
Zelda: Majora's Mask for 3DS reportedly spotted in Target
The Rumor: An alleged employee of a Target retail store in Canada has snapped pictures of what is claimed to be stock tags for Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask on 3DS--you know, that unannounced game that everyone wants to play. The unnamed source has also presented what appears to be a screenshot of the Target database entry for the same title, with a placeholder release date of December 31, 2014. This comes after Grezzo, the Japanese developer behind the 3DS remake of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, posted a job listing earlier this year that heavily hinted that it's working on the much-requested remake.
Our Take: Many great leaks have emerged from retailer employees snooping around where they shouldn't be, but this type of source material can also be sketchy. A shelf label can be easily faked, as can a shaky-cam screenshot of a display. For what it's worth, the items shown in the pictures look fairly legitimate and, frankly, we'd be more surprised if Nintendo wasn't working on Majora's Mask 3DS at this point, given the fanfare surrounding it. Come on Nintendo, do the right thing.
Dishonored 2 in development at Arkane Studios despite E3 snub
The Rumor: A Dishonored sequel was rumored earlier this year, but as E3 came and went without a single official whisper of the game, things were looking suspect. However, according to new alleged sources speaking with NowGamer and VG247, Dishonored 2: Darkness of Tyvia is a real thing, is in development at Arkane Studios in Lyon, France, and will be released on PC and new-gen consoles in November 2015. The tipster even provided what they claim is the actual current box art for the PS4 version (partially pictured above), and pointed to an official reveal at Gamescom in August.
Our Take: We were very skeptical of the original rumors, which stemmed from a wonky photo of a supposed early behind-closed-doors presentation, especially after the E3 no-show. Subsequently, we removed Dishonored 2 from this rumors list. But the evidence is beginning to mount up. Gamescom has, in recent years, grown in prominence to almost rival that of E3, and it's feasible that Bethesda is holding back something special for the European expo.
Microsoft hiring for work on 'next-gen' Xbox hardware
The Rumor: The Xbox One has barely took its first steps into the world and yet it seems Microsoft is already lighting the fires under it's next Xbox machine. A recent job listing posted by the firm called for an Industrial Designer to work within the Xbox industrial design studio, where they will "help us create next generation entertainment hardware for Microsoft". Microsoft has since edited the post to remove any mention of "next generation entertainment hardware", but not before the Internet had snapped to attention.
Our Take: While hardware development is shrouded in the utmost secrecy, for obvious reasons, it's no secret at all that consoles are developed over the course of many years, often starting from the moment their predecessors are released. It is, however, surprising to hear first whispers of next-gen hardware development so soon after the Xbox One's arrival, but it's always fun to imagine what kind of tech those crazy scientists in their Back to the Future-style labs are working on right at this very moment.
Dark Souls 2 coming to PS4 and Xbox One
The Rumor: UK retail giant Tesco has taken on Amazon's leaky trend, it seems. According to listings that cropped up on the Tesco Direct website recently, Dark Souls 2 is now also a PS4 and Xbox One game. At present, the game is only available for last-gen systems and PC, but if Tesco is correct, new-gen ports could be released before long.
Our Take: Darks Souls 2 is a much-loved title released right at the tail end of the last generation, so it's an ideal candidate for spruced-up re-release on the newer consoles. If we had to speculate, we'd say a late 2014 release would be likely--and highly welcomed too.
'Call of Duty: World at War 2' box art raises eyebrows
The Rumor: Purportedly "leaked" box art for Call of Duty: World at War 2 has done the rounds on internet blogs, supposedly outing the title for Activision's 2015 CoD entry long before the 2014 game is even out. According to the reports, the image leaked from an Amazon listing, which has since been removed.
Our Take: No one actually links to this supposed Amazon listing, and although Amazon is a regular source of premature leaks, a leak that's more than a year ahead of the game's expected launch is highly doubtful. As you can see, the box art itself contains a logo oddly backed by nothing but a partially cloudy night sky. Not exactly Photoshop mastery. And why would the developer have a placeholder box art ready this far in advance? What place could it possibly be holding? Don't get too excited, World at War fans. All signs point to this being a total fake.
343 Industries working on mystery new Halo game
The Rumor: We know Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians are on their way, but it appears that Halo studio 343 Industries may be working on a third and completely unannounced Halo game. That is, at least, according to a job listing which calls for devs to work on a "new project line in the Halo universe". It also seeks an artist to "breathe a fresh vision into a new Halo experience". This has sparked speculation that the studio may be working on a spin-off title.
Our Take: This is very exciting indeed, but what could it be? Could 343 be working on another FPS in a similar vein to Halo: ODST, or something completely different? The Halo series is no stranger to spin-offs in other genres; Halo Wars was a quality Command & Conquer-style RTS, and Halo: Spartan Assault portrayed the Covenant war as a top-down shooter.
Yoshinori Ono making unannounced PS4 game
The Rumor: Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono is hard at work on a new PlayStation 4 game, according to what appeared to be a slip up in his Linkedin profile. The renown developer listed an "unreleased title" for PS4 in a list of his most recent works. The list has since been changed to remove mention of the PS4, now apparently "TBD", but it already has people talking.
Our Take: Ono is definitely working a mystery new game, it's just unclear if the 'PS4' stipulation was a mistake or an indication of platform exclusivity. Either way, Ono fans might be hoping for another game is one of his many previous works which, Street Fighter aside, include games in the Dark Stalkers, Monster Hunter and Onimusha franchises.
Diddy Kong Racing 2 in development for Wii U
The Rumor: A sequel to N64 classic Diddy King Racing is in development for Wii U. This is according to a rather mysterious blog post from a so-called Kevin Callahan, who claims to be a programmer with inside knowledge of the project. According to the post, the project has been on and off for years due to "bad luck and awkward timing". Nintendo, he claims, has renewed interest in the project thanks to strong sales of Mario Kart Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns. The game is apparently a collaboration between Monster Games (Wii Sports Resort) and Retro Studios (Metroid Prime series), with producer Kensuke Tanabe on board. Nintendo held off an E3 showing so as not to cannibalize the buzz surrounding Mario Kart 8, he claims, and is now preparing for a reveal in 2015 and released later that year.
Our Take: The source is sketchy to say the least, with the blog having been created one day prior to the DKR2 post, and nothing before or since. But it's all excitingly feasible--both Monster Games and Retro Studios have worked on the recent Donkey Kong Country: Returns and Tropical Freeze games. Diddy Kong Racing was an excellent game is its day, and a sequel could be fantastic. We wouldn't bank on this being true, but we so want it to be...
Ryse 2 canned as Crytek succumbs to financial woes
The Rumor: All is not well with Crysis developer Crytek if a string of recent reports prove accurate. It is claimed that the company has canned multiple projects--including a Ryse sequel--as it suffers severe financial troubles. Reports claim a failure to pay staff full wages for multiple months, triggering the departure of around 40 employees from Crytek UK. It's also claimed that the company has sought funding from Deutsche Bank, but the deal has been delayed.
Our Take: Crytek has moved to deny claims that the firm nears bankruptcy, and has been otherwise unwilling to discuss claims of the problems it is reportedly weathering. Development on the studio's latest announced title, Homefront: The Revolution, apparently continues, and we hope for the sake of that game--which looks fantastic--that Crytek can find a way through whatever troubles it may be facing.
N64 games finally headed to Wii U Virtual Console
The Rumor: The official Nintendo website has N64 fans all excited over the prospect of playing their old favorites in glorious HD (without the help of naughty homebrew emulators, of course) via the Wii U. A short, annoyingly vague message posted to the site's Virtual Console page reads: "Tip: Check back regularly for the latest releases, including the future addition of titles from the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 systems." Nintendo is yet to offer any firm details on N64 VC releases.
Our Take: This is certainly exciting for anyone with a soft spot for Nintendo's lovable 64-bit machine, and serves as at least a mild hint that N64 may be coming to Wii U sooner rather than later. Maybe even this year, if we're lucky. So far, Wii U's VC has focused on NES and SNES releases, with GBA games only recently added.
Titanfall 2 in planning stages, coming to PS4
The Rumor: Respawn Entertainment is already at work on a sequel to its recent new shooter, Titanfall, and the follow-up wont be Xbox One exclusive. According to WSJ, citing a person close to the development effort, Titanfall 2 is already in the planning stages, and will be heading to PS4 as multi platform publishing rights falls to EA.
Our Take: Although Titanfall 2 hasn't been specifically announced, EA has already confirmed that it has signed an extended agreement with Respawn to publish "new Titanfall experiences" that are in the works. And it has been widely rumored that the sequel will not be tied to the Microsoft machine, with a multi-format release expected. We reckon its just a matter of time.
Titanfall dev working on new third-person action game
The Rumor: Mounting evidence suggests that Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind first-person shooter Titanfall, may be working on a new third-person action game. Earlier in June it was confirmed that Stig Asmussen, who served as game director on God of War 3 at Sony Santa Monica, has joined Respawn as a game director. Asmussen has said hes not working on Titanfall. This was followed by a number of job listings for the studio which call for a senior animator and senior character artist with experience "working on 3rd person action/exploration games".
Our Take: Something certainly seems to be going on. Respawn has a number of staff on board who previously worked on the God of War series aside from Asmussen. Titanfall looks set to be a hit franchise for the studio, but its totally plausible that the creatives in that house are cooking up more than one dish.
Man mentions Half-Life 3, ignites that rumor again
The Rumor: It's the rumor that will never, ever die. Half-Life 3 is, Counter-Strike creator Minh 'Gooseman' Le, a thing that is real, and "looks great". Le said Left 4 Dead 3 is also in development, suggesting that Valve's work on the two unannounced titles is somehow common knowledge. "And so if I were to say that yeah, I've seen some images, like some concept art of it, that wouldn't be big news to be honest," he said, speaking to GoRgnTV.
Our Take: Yes it would, Mr. Le. Yes it would be big news. How someone could be so oblivious to the hype that surrounds the possible existence (or not) of Half-Life 3 is beyond us. If what Le says is accurate though, it'll be the strongest indication of the game's development in years, and at a least one small reason to keep your ear to the ground. We mean, don't bet your house on it, but one can dream...
God of War Ascension could get a PS4 port
The rumor: The rumor, and this is very rumory, is that God of War Ascension is getting a re-release on PS4. This comes from apparent video game Nostradamus Shinobi602, who tweeted, tersely, GOW Ascensions coming to PS4. There were talks originally of it making a show at E3, which didn't happen, but that's necessarily the end of the line for this rumor.
Our take: The Last of Uss imminent PS4 re-release lends credence to this rumor, but it would be slightly less puzzling if the supposed package were to include more than just Ascension. Every God of War game (including the PSP titles) actually exists on the PS3. So why just port Ascension? It doesnt quite add up. Lets call this one half-probable.
Dino Crisis reboot in development
The Rumor: Capcom is reportedly working on a reboot of its classic PSone horror series, Dino Crisis. According to a rumor via OXM UK, the reboot is set to be revealed later this year. There was no indication of which platforms it would appear for, or whether it may be a remake or a new game entirely.
Our Take: This rumor has been rumbling around in the background for over a year and nothing has showed up. But the whispers are persistent - perhaps if only because there are so many that want it to be a real thing. Nothing was said at E3. Fingers crossed for TGS, then...
Halo 5 could be open-world
The Rumor: Microsoft Studio 343 Industries played it safe with Halo 4, its debut Halo title after inheriting the series from Bungie. With that having gone down well, however, it is said to be going far bolder with its second foray. According to reports, Halo 5 will be more open world than previous entries in the series.
Our Take: Microsoft has given us a few new details about the project, now dubbed Halo 5: Guardians. Namely, its officially out in 2015 and it involves a new Spartan. The firm is yet to reveal any real information on the gameplay, however, so well have to wait until later in the year for that. Our guess? The new hardware, new engine, and new naming scheme suggests 343 might be heading in a new gameplay direction as well.
Whats your take?
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