4 New Video Game Rumors and Leaks: ‘Uncharted 4′ and More
Things are finally starting to pick up in the realm of video game rumors and leaks, following a month that featured lots of official news, but little for rumor mongers to sink their teeth into. But now that the Gamescom trade show has come and gone, and people in the video game industry have returned home, we finally have time once again to speculate and read tea leaves.
This week we have rumors about Uncharted 4, a new model of the New Nintendo 3DS possibly coming to the U.S., and more. Read on for all the rumors and leaks that are fit to print.
1. Has Uncharted 4‘s release date leaked?
Hands down, the leakiest segment of the video game industry is the retailers. They’re constantly putting up premature listings of video games and release dates before publishers are ready to make official announcements. The latest leak to emerge through a retailer’s website is a possible release date for Uncharted 4, the final (or is it?) installment of Nathan Drake’s artifact-hunting adventures on Playstation 4.
Amazon Germany is the ship that sprang this leak. Its listing for Uncharted 4 briefly showed a release date of March 9. Sony has said the game will come out in early 2016, but hasn’t given any specific date. The U.S. Amazon site lists March 31 as the game’s release date, but that’s their usual placeholder date for games set to launch in the first quarter of the year. March 9 is a more specific — and seemingly purposeful — date to appear on a site.
Is that when we’ll get to play the big game? We’ll have to wait and see if Sony has anything to say about it. To help tide you over, you’ll have Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection launching on PS4 on October 9. Here are the details for what’s new in the collection.
2. Is the regular New Nintendo 3DS coming to the West?
Ever since Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS XL was coming to the U.S., handheld gamers have been wondering why the company doesn’t bring the smaller non-XL version over here. After all, it came out in Japan and Australia last year, and it features a form factor many Western gamers would prefer over its bulkier sibling. It also looks cooler, thanks to its colorful face buttons and swappable faceplate, which means you can customize the exterior to your liking.
Here’s why we think Nintendo still may release the non-XL version over here. Originally, South Korea was in a similar situation as the U.S.: overflowing with New 3DS XL models, but nary a standard New 3DS in sight. That’s about to change. Nintendo announced that it will bring the regular New 3DS to South Korea starting September 10.
If Nintendo is starting to rethink the worldwide markets for the non-XL New 3DS, it’s no great leap of logic to think the device may come to the U.S., especially after Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in June to “stay tuned and maybe some special SKUs might show up.”
3. Canceled Rayman 4 details leaked
Once upon a time, Ubisoft was working on Rayman 4. For unknown reasons, the company decided to cancel the project and shift to making Rayman Raving Rabbids, an underwhelming Wii game that relied heavily on “waggling” the Wii remotes to control it. For the first time, thanks to the archiving project Unseen64, we now have a look at what the developers had in mind for Rayman 4.
And it looks pretty cool. It was positioned as a series reboot, with all kinds of neat ideas baked into it. It was going to start off in a video game training camp, and all of the characters knew they were in a video game. The villain was Dark Rayman, a character who could use glitches and bugs against you. Watch the video above for more of the leaked details.
4. Is The Talos Principle coming to Xbox One?
The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle game that was highly regarded when it launched on PC last year, earning comparisons to the excellent Portal series.
We know it’s coming to PlayStation 4 on October 13, but if this listing on the website for the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) is any indication, the game is coming to Xbox One as well. No official announcement has been made yet, but the ESRB is a reputable website, so chances are that an announcement is coming. It’s possible that the ESRB made a mistake by including the Xbox One in the list, but it’s unlikely.