The video game rumors have slowed down as major game releases speed up. When gamers have enough blockbuster games to fill their time, they stop poking around in the secretive industry. But this week’s batch of rumors offers some intriguing food for thought. Here, we have details on Konami’s future, a beguiling bit about Uncharted 4, and a major rumor that has just been debunked. Read on for the goods.
1. Will Halo 5 come to PC?
During a live stream with GamesRadar, Halo Franchise Development Director, Frank O’Connor, hinted that the latest game in the venerable series of shooters could come to PC. He said:
Microsoft has made a huge commitment to try and I think normalize the Windows experience across multiple platforms. You’re seeing elements of Windows 10 are going to appear on the Xbox … Cortana and stuff like that.
There’s plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC. Nothing to announce at this point but it’s absolutely not out of the bounds of reason. We developed the game on an Intel platform. It wouldn’t be the hardest thing in the world to move it to PC and take advantage of PC stuff. But nothing to announce today.
Would Microsoft let its premier series off of Xbox One? It could. It’s happened before, with the first two Halo games. But that was a long time ago, and the past four games have not landed on PC. Personally, I doubt we’ll ever see Halo 5 on PC, but apparently it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
2. Kojima gone from Konami; Konami denies it
It seems like this Konami/Kojima business has been going on for ages. If you haven’t been following along, we’ve seen persistent rumors that Konami and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima are on the outs. Each time they surface, Kojima says nothing at all, and Konami tries to assure everyone that all was well.
The latest details on this front come from The New Yorker, of all places. The esteemed magazine says that Kojima’s last day with the company was October 9. Apparently they even held a departure ceremony for the game director, with the article’s writer tweeting a photo of the party. Apparently Kojima’s non-compete clause will end in December, at which point he’ll be able to work wherever he wants (albeit without the Metal Gear Solid license he built his career on).
Meanwhile, Konami denies that Kojima has left the company, telling Gamespot that he is currently on vacation.
3. Uncharted 4 reportedly made some weird changes
In the middle of development for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, developer Naughty Dog lost Amy Hennig, the game’s chief writer. (If you’re curious, she went to work on a Star Wars game for Electronic Arts). That shake-up resulted in the creative team changing quite a bit of the story, and those changes led to at least one actor departing the project.
The actor in question is Alan Tudyk, who you may remember from Firefly or Dodgeball. When asked about it in an interview with IGN, Tudyk said he left “because [Naughty Dog] decided to go a different direction with it and so when they did that … it made my contract null and void.” He then added that he thought Naughty Dog was “making some weird changes” to the game.
What kind of weird changes? To find out, we’ll have to wait until the game’s March 18, 2016 release date.
4. Is No Man’s Sky coming out this week? (Nope.)
And in “debunked rumor” news, we have this one. The site VG247 reported that “friends” of theirs say the highly anticipated space exploration game, No Man’s Sky, would be stealthily released on PlayStation 4 this week during the Paris Games Show, which starts October 28.
Unfortunately for space-faring hopefuls, the developer’s founder Sean Murray took to Twitter to disabuse the public of this notion. The game is currently slated to launch at some point during 2015, but many in the industry think it will be pushed back to 2016.
It just goes to show, you can’t believe everything you read.
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