4 New Video Game Rumors: Another Insane Nintendo Patent
If you pay attention to the rumblings in and whispers in the world of video games, you’ll often find yourself ahead of the curve when it comes to major announcements. That’s because rumors and leaks run rampant, and the internet helps get the word out. To that end, we run a weekly video game rumors column to tally up the buzz and try to figure out what’s true and what’s false.
This week we’ve uncovered a number rumors and leaks that have a pretty good chance of being true, including a new patent from Nintendo, as well as a major exclusive game possibly being delayed until next year.
1. What’s this weird Nintendo patent about?
Since Nintendo has been so hush-hush about its upcoming gaming console, code-named NX, rumors have been flying all over the place about what it will be. A new Nintendo patent for a crazy U-shaped controller, spotted by a NeoGAF member, could be a hint.
Or, seeing as it’s titled “Training Implement, Training System, and Input Device,” it could be some kind of fitness peripheral like the Balance Board was for Wii and Wii U. This isn’t the first crazy controller patent Nintendo has filed in recent months, though, so who even knows what’s going on behind closed doors at Nintendo at this point. The one thing we do know is that the NX will launch in March 2017 and will be revealed later this year.
2. Horizon Zero Dawn delayed to 2017?
One of the biggest PlayStation 4 exclusives set to launch in 2016 is Horizon: Zero Dawn, a game about people with crossbows battling mechanical dinosaurs. The game is being made by Guerrilla Games, the makers of the lauded Killzone series. It’s currently set for a 2016 release, but a recent rumor suggests the game might be pushed back to 2017.
Word comes from a tweet from the generally reliable rumor source Shinobi602. No other information was provided. If the delay is true, Sony will probably fare just fine this year, seeing as it has games like No Man’s Sky, The Last Guardian, and Hellblade (along with a bunch more) set to release in 2016 and beyond. Sony also has a little thing called PlayStation VR hitting the market in October along with a few dozen games. So PS4 owners have nothing to fear from a Horizon delay.
3. Is Starfield Bethesda’s next mobile game?
At E3 2015, Bethesda dropped a surprise mobile game on the world called Fallout Shelter. It went on to become a massive hit that continues to make the company loads of money. And we all know what that means: more mobile games from Bethesda. To that end, the Bethesda parent company ZeniMax filed a trademark for a mobile game called Starfield. The company has previously trademarked Starfield for console and PC games, as well as for t-shirts.
The question is: What the heck is Starfield? Will it be a big new property that spans PC, console, and mobile games? Or has the success of Fallout Shelter made Bethesda shift the whole thing over to mobile? Seeing as the other trademark applications were filed three years ago, we may have to wait a while before we know for sure.
4. Is Trials getting a Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon spinoff?
This week the Taiwanese video game ratings board briefly listed an Ubisoft game called Trials of the Blood Dragon, along with the logo seen above. Ubisoft hasn’t made an official announcement of the game, but it certainly looks like some kind of mash-up between the brutally challenging motorcycle game Trials and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, the bizarre stand-alone expansion that launched in 2013. The crossover game was listed as coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, so be on the lookout for it, possibly at E3 in June.