4 New Video Game Rumors: ‘Watch Dogs 2’ and More

Like any medium big and popular enough to spark rabid fandom, the video game industry is full of secrets. Companies wait for just the right time to announce new games and hardware in hopes of making the biggest splash possible. Fans, on the other hand, want to know everything that’s coming down the line as soon as possible. In that kind of environment, leaks and rumors are bound to trickle out.

And do they ever. This week we’ve uncovered four rumors and leaks that have a decent chance of being true. So follow along as we pull back the curtain to see what might be coming up in the world of video games.

1. Is Watch Dogs 2 in the works, and is this the hero?

An image from the Instagram account of a motion capture actor reportedly working on Watch Dogs 2.

Source: Instagram

Ubisoft hasn’t actually announced it yet, but we’ve been hearing rumors of Watch Dogs 2 for a while now. The original game seemed to underwhelm most gamers and critics, but its take on a hackable futuristic city showed promise. Perhaps that promise could be realized in a sequel?

It looks like Ubisoft is going to try, because NerdLeaks has found the game listed on a voice actor’s online resume. Additionally, it seems the actor posted the above image to Instagram, adding, “Had a blast doing motion capture work as the lead character in a new video game series! (= #actor #motioncapture #artist #videogames #ps4 #xbox #art #work #comingsoon #WatchDogs2.”

That, coupled with the previous leaks and rumors, suggest we’ll probably be hearing about Watch Dogs 2 next month at E3.

2. Is the maker of Dark Souls making a PlayStation VR game?

Developer From Software has said that once it’s finished with the downloadable content for the excellent game Dark Souls 3, it will move on from the series. What it will move on to has been anyone’s guess… until now.

An unlisted video on the company’s YouTube channel (above) shows a clip reel of the games From has released. At the end of the video, a screen labeled 2017 says, “From Software, Inc. Next Title on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation VR…”

Seeing as this comes from the company’s YouTube channel, it’s pretty clear that whatever game From Software has up its sleeve, it’s launching on PlayStation VR along with the other major platforms.

3. Will the NX have cartridges instead of discs?

Mario and co. next to a Nintendo logo

Mario and co. next to a Nintendo logo | Source: Nintendo

When the video game industry zigs, Nintendo often zags. If this rumor from Screen Critics is true, the games for Nintendo’s next console, code-named NX, will come on cartridges rather than on discs.

The news comes from the Japanese financial website Money-Link, which says Nintendo’s supplier for 3DS cartridges expects Nintendo to make a big order of a different kind of cartridge in the second half of the year. With the NX coming in March 2017, it’s certainly possible Nintendo will buy up a bunch of cartridges toward the end of 2016 to start printing NX games.

We should probably take this one with a grain of salt, though, since it’s based on what amounts to a game of telephone fed through a translator, with a few assumptions thrown in for good measure. Other rumors have suggested the NX might forego physical games entirely in favor of digital distribution. The only way to know for sure is to wait until Nintendo offers up details about the hardware later this year.

4. Is Volition’s next game called Agents of Mayhem?

Cover art for Saints Row 4

Saints Row IV | Source: Volition

In another NerdLeaks uncovering, the Twitter sleuth has found evidence that developer Volition’s next project is a game called Agents of Mayhem. The evidence comes from the online resumes of a stunt actor and an animator (when will people stop putting unannounced games on their online resumes?) as well as a trademark filing from Koch Media, Volition’s parent company.

While we don’t have any details at all about what Agents of Mayhem might be, there’s reason to be optimistic about this game (which may or may not exist). Volition is a talented studio that has worked on the excellent and over-the-top Saints Row series, as well as the often-overlooked game Red Faction: Guerrilla, which had players running around a colonized Mars and completely wrecking every structure you came upon. It was great.

Let’s hope Agents of Mayhem, or whatever else the company may be working on, is coming sooner rather than later.

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