The video game industry is full of secret information that’s kept under wraps until marketing departments decide it’s time to make an announcement. Naturally, fans 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 they do. This week we’ve uncovered five rumors and leaks that have a good chance of being true. So follow along as we peel back the curtain to see what the future may hold for video games.
Will No Man’s Sky be a PlayStation VR title?
Let’s start with a rumor that’s based on extremely shaky evidence, but it makes so much sense that we had to include it anyway. No Man’s Sky is a highly publicized game coming to PlayStation 4 in June 2016. In it, you can explore literally billions of procedurally generated planets, discovering new species, mining resources, and getting in spaceship battles along the way.
All of this takes place from a first-person perspective, which led Eurogamer to pose an astute question to Sony executive Jim Ryan. The idea was that No Man’s Sky might be a launch title for PlayStation VR, which is slated to come out in the first half of 2016. No Man’s Sky does seem like an ideal launch title, particularly considering how much focus Sony has given the game.
Ryan’s response to this suggestion was: “Well, your assumption is an interesting one.” Unfortunately, Ryan wouldn’t elaborate further. But he didn’t deny it! If you ask me, Sony would be foolish not to bring No Man’s Sky to PlayStation VR, either at launch or soon after. The game looks fantastic, and it seems like a perfect fit for a virtual reality experience. It could be PlayStation VR’s killer app.
Is Konami considering another Metal Gear Solid game?
Although Konami insists that Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is on vacation, the signs all point to him having left the company. The publisher has gone so far as to close Kojima’s Los Angeles-based studio. Despite all that, the Japanese magazine Nikkei reports — via 2ch — that Konami is considering another installment of the popular series. A representative for Konami is quoted as saying, “When we start development, a large-scale investment will become necessary.”
Konami has always maintained that it would continue the Metal Gear Solid series in one form or another. But it also maintains a lot of things about the series and about Kojima that don’t seem to be true, so it’s hard to figure out what’s really going on.
In general, Konami seems to be focusing its efforts on other things besides AAA video games. I doubt we’ll see another Metal Gear Solid on the same scale as the recently released fifth installment. If Kojima really is gone, I doubt it would have the same weird brilliance as past installments. But I also hope I’m wrong.
Is Blizzard planning to remaster its classic games?
One of the things some dedicated video game fans enjoy doing is paging through the job listings at developers to try to get a glimpse of what projects the companies might have planned. Usually this leads to vague ideas based mostly on conjecture, but one job listing on Blizzard’s website suggests, in crystal clear language, that the company is interested in reviving some of its older titles. The post calls for a senior software engineer for classic games. Here’s the job description:
Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation. We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.
Most rumors aren’t this clean cut, but it’s hard to see this job listing shaking out in any way other than those games — and possibly more — being remastered. No announcements have been made, but then again, it’s obviously early in the process.
Is Life is Strange 2 happening?
The original Life is Strange is a fantastic, mostly low-key adventure game about strange, supernatural occurrences in a small town. Its fifth and final chapter came out recently, which has made fans wonder whether we’ll get a sequel.
It sounds like we… might? The French site Alchimy posted an interview with Alain Damasio, the co-founder of the game’s development studio. In the interview, Damasio was originally reported to have said, “I will participate on Life is Strange 2 later.”
Shortly after posting the article with that quote, Alchimy changed Damasio’s response to “If there were to be a sequel, I would be happy to contribute, of course.”
I don’t know what’s going on over at Alchimy, but it’s entirely possible Damasio slipped up and prematurely revealed that the sequel was in the works. Once gaming sites started reporting on the unannounced game, Damasio may have retracted the statement.
Has Dark Souls 3‘s release date been revealed?
The industry insider who goes by the moniker Wario64 caught wind of a potential retailer slip-up for Dark Souls 3. Geekay Games listed not one but two special versions of the game, saying both will come out on April 12, 2016.
The Collector edition apparently comes with a knight figurine, hardcover art book, cloth map, soundtrack, iron-on patches, metal case, and collector’s box. That package retails for somewhere around $140. The Prestige edition is much more extravagant. It comes with most of the same stuff, but instead of the knight figurine you get a towering 16-inch Lord of Cinder figure that must be expensive, because the whole package costs about $500.
Since the game doesn’t launch until April, you have plenty of time to get a second mortgage on your house to pay for one of these special editions.
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