5 Hottest Video Game Rumors from Last Week: Free Game Trials and More

Who doesn’t love a good rumor? We’re going to run down the hottest video game rumors that have surfaced on the Internet over the past week and try to determine whether they’re likely to be true or false. Best of all, this week’s selections look to be pretty likely overall. Read on to find out what just might be coming up in the world of gaming.

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1. Is Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in the works?

The first major action game for the 3DS was Resident Evil: Revelations – a fun, gorgeous title that showed off the power of the new handheld system. The game was so well received that it was later ported to consoles as a digital download. A French website called Gamer In a Box noticed two promotional images uploaded to Xbox.com that appear to depict cover art for a sequel to the game. The images have since been removed.

Since the images are directly from the official Xbox website, it’s highly likely that this game is in fact in the works and will be announced soon. The world could use a good new Resident Evil game, as Resident Evil 6 was not so well received.

Verdict: Very likely.

2. Is Activision considering opening a movie studio?

It seems like everyone is getting into the movie/TV business lately, so it might come as no surprise that Activision is said to be mulling over opening a movie studio of its own. The idea would be to make (and retain full control over) films based on its video game franchises, such as Call of Duty and Skylanders.

True or not, the rumor makes a lot of sense. It looks as though every blockbuster movie these days is based on some existing geeky IP, be it Star Trek or Captain America. Basing films on video game properties has worked in the past, so it would make sense for Activision to seek out a new money-making opportunity like that. Whether Activision will decide to go through with it, however, remains to be seen.

Verdict: Probably.

3. Did new Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games get canned?

Back around the turn of the millennium, cartoonish action platformers like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro were some of the biggest moneymakers in all of gaming. It’s been a while since a major game in that genre came out, so it would be great if Activision Blizzard were planning to relaunch both series. According to whispers, there was a plan to do exactly that — but the projects were scrapped. You can see some of the concept art here.

Some big names in gaming, like Mario and Castlevania, have been around for decades and keep coming back. Others are left to their place in history. While Crash Bandicoot or Spyro could make a comeback some day, it seems unlikely in the current gaming landscape. According to the report, the games didn’t even make it past the pre-beta stage.

Verdict: Possibly.

4. Will Microsoft offer 24-hour game trials?

Gamers beta testing the next Xbox One update noticed something strange on their screens recently. In the list of games, Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood showed an option that read “Free Play Day with Gold.” The suggestion, apparently, is that Microsoft is testing a new feature that will let Xbox Gold subscribers download and play certain games for 24 hours on given days.

The leak looks to be accurate. In response to an inquiry asking if this was an upcoming feature, the Twitter account for Xbox Support said, “Looks like it is actually. We’ll be in touch here shortly. :)”

Verdict: Very likely.

5. Is Microsoft planning something called Forza Hub?

Forza is Microsoft’s premier racing game franchise, and the company has a new installment called Forza Horizon 2 coming out this holiday season. According to a new trademark registration, Microsoft is also preparing to launch a new game service called Forza Hub.

What is Forza Hub? All we know so far is from the description on the trademark paperwork, which says it’s basically an online hub to access your Forza profile, presumably from a number of devices, including an Xbox One, computer, tablet or mobile device. Sounds pretty great for racing fans, and since the trademark filing comes straight from Microsoft, it’s almost definitely happening. It’s probably coming soon, too, as Forza Horizon 2 launches September 30.

Verdict: Very likely.

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