With the tidal wave of announcements and information flooding our way this week thanks to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), it would be a fool’s errand to try to round up all of the video game rumors floating around out there now. Because, although new rumors and leaks seem to be cropping up every few minutes, they’re likely to be either confirmed or denied just as quickly as they appear.
So instead of reporting on every bit of information that pops up, this week we’ll look at a handful of recent rumors that are not likely to be proven true or false at E3. We have information about a new take on a classic shooter, a surprising potential buyer for an esports team, and more. Read on for the goods.
1. Is Crash Bandicoot coming to Skylanders?
A hurricane of rumors about a new Crash Bandicoot game has been blowing through the video game world lately, but no one seems to know what form it might take. If this (admittedly shaky) rumor is true, the old Sony mascot could be making his way to the “toys to life” game Skylanders.
Skylanders Inquirer (yes, such a site exists) reports that the website for a Singapore-based retailer called Qisahn briefly listed a PlayStation 4 exclusive “Crash” Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack. There was no photo or anything beyond the word “Crash” to explain what this particular version of the game is, so it’s something of a stretch to assume it even refers to Crash Bandicoot.
Still, there’s reason to think it does. Activision is the company behind Skylanders, and it does seem that Activision now owns the rights to Crash Bandicoot, making it possible that the orange fur-ball will make his way to Skylanders at some point.
If this is all the recent Crash Bandicoot rumors have been leading up to, it will surely disappoint fans, who have been clamoring for a full new game in the series.
2. What is Wolfenstein: The New Colossus?
During Bethesda’s E3 conference, the video game publisher announced a new version of Quake was on its way. But eagle-eyed viewers noticed a hint at another game based on a legendary Id franchise: Wolfenstein. On the big screen at the presentation, the Quake trailer appeared to be booted up by a faux DOS prompt, with a list of titles and dates for all of the Id games released so far, starting way back with Commander Keen in 1990.
One title that appeared onscreen hasn’t been released yet. In fact, it hasn’t even been announced yet. Listed under Wolfenstein was something called “New Colossus,” with a blanked-out release date. Is this another expansion on 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, like The Old Blood was in 2015? Or is it a full-blown sequel? We don’t know yet, but it’s safe to assume we’ll hear more about it at some point, possibly at Bethesda’s E3 2017 presentation.
3. Is Manchester United starting an esports team?
Esports have been on a steady rise of popularity over the years, gaining legitimacy along the way. Cash prizes of millions of dollars are awarded to pro gamers who win tournaments. Major broadcasters like ESPN are getting in on the action. You can get college scholarships for esports if you’re talented enough. And like many other sports, there have even been performance-enhancing drug scandals surrounding the world of pro gaming. All of which means you can expect to see more big players stake their claim in esports in the coming years.
Along those lines, according to The Score Esports, the Premier League soccer team Manchester United is in a bidding war to sign an unnamed Overwatch esports team. Manchester is reportedly bidding against Fnatic for rights to the team. Fnatic is no newcomer to the esports world, with teams under its belt for games like League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
This news isn’t as strange as it might seem for people who don’t follow soccer. A few smaller soccer teams have made similar investments in esports, so Manchester United will be in good company if this rumor is true and the team gets the bid.