Like anything 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, and fans want to know everything that’s coming down the line as soon as they can. In that kind of environment, video game rumors are bound to trickle out.
This week, we’ve uncovered five video game rumors and potential leaks that have a decent chance of being true. Read on to see which ones you’d be most excited about if they’re legitimate.
1. Is Beyond Good and Evil 2 actually coming soon?
We’ve been getting hints and whispers about Beyond Good and Evil 2 for so long, it’s starting to feel like background noise. To recap, the original Beyond Good and Evil came out in 2003. Five years later, developer Ubisoft officially announced it was working on a sequel. In the years since, Ubisoft has promised up and down that the project is still in the works, but hasn’t shown the game publicly.
That could be about to change. Michel Ancel, the designer behind the original Beyond Good and Evil, took to Instagram to post the image above with the caption, “Somewhere in system 4 … – Thanks #ubisoft for making this possible!”
System 4 is the name of the region where Beyond Good and Evil takes place. Also, the pig in the image bears some resemblance to Pey’j, a character from the original game.
Ubisoft’s French twitter account tweeted a link to the post, signaling that it’s legit. Will we be seeing more about the sequel soon? Let’s hope so. The original game ended on quite a cliffhanger.
2. New Destiny 2 rumors
Developer Bungie hasn’t even announced Destiny 2 yet, but apparently Kotaku already has a heap of inside info about the game. According to the leak, the game is scheduled to launch sometime in 2017. Unlike the original, it will be available on PC as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Bungie is also aiming to make Destiny 2 feel like a completely new game, which means you probably won’t be able to bring your characters from the original game to the sequel. This will certainly disappoint people who have devoted hundreds of hours to leveling those characters up.
3. Will Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed skip 2017?
Until this year, Ubisoft has been pumping out a new Assassin’s Creed game each fall like clockwork. Meanwhile, in recent years, the company has also increased the rate at which Far Cry games hit the shelves. But if Tommy François, Ubisoft’s VP of editorial, is to be believed, we might not get new installments of either franchise in 2017. The reason? Polish.
Speaking with IGN, François said, “We believe alpha for these games needs to be one year before release. We’re trying to achieve that.” He went on to say, “I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say this. This is the goal we’re going for: alpha one year before, more quality, more polish.”
Alpha is a stage in game development when the core game is finished, but the developers still have some bugs to fix and tweaks to make. Giving a team a year to make those kinds of fixes ought to result in a much more polished game experience.
4. Did Assassin’s Creed Empire screenshots leak?
Speaking of Assassin’s Creed, we might have just gotten our first look at the next game in the series, which is rumored to be called Assassin’s Creed Empire, and to take place in ancient Egypt.
The leaked image simply shows a menu in a prototype of the game, but it has a pyramid in it and says the title Assassin’s Creed Empire. If the image is legit, it would seem to confirm the rumor about the game’s title and Egyptian setting.
5. Is Battleborn going free-to-play?
Battleborn is an online hero shooter that came out at exactly the wrong time earlier this year. That’s because just a few weeks later, Blizzard launched Overwatch, an online shooter that absorbed much of Battleborn’s audience. The two games are fairly different from one another, but once Overwatch came out, Battleborn’s servers turned into ghost towns.
Since having a sizable player base is key to any online multiplayer game, Battleborn has been struggling ever since. To entice players to come back, Kotaku reports the game could be going free-to-play within a couple of months.
Randy Pitchford, the head of Battleborn developer Gearbox Software, tweeted that the rumor isn’t true. But when questioned about it, Pitchford said they have unannounced plans to release a trial version that would offer some functionality for free, with the rest of the game being available for purchase.
So it’s unclear where this rumor stands, exactly. We’ll have to wait for an official announcement to find out just how meaty the “trial version” is.