The world of video games is full of things publishers aren’t ready to announce yet. Unfortunately for them, leaks and rumors escape just about every day. This week we’ve unearthed a handful of rumors and leaks that have a good chance of being true. Whether you’re interested in virtual reality, free games, or new collections of classics, we’ve got you covered.
So follow along as we dig up all the info we can find to see what might lie ahead in the world of video games.
1. Is PlayStation VR delayed?
Thanks to the upcoming debuts of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR headsets, 2016 is shaping up to be the year virtual reality gaming comes into its own. Sony has spent the last year promising we’d get its PlayStation 4-compatible headset in the first half of 2016. However, GameStop CEO Paul Raines told Fox News in the clip above that the gaming retail store “will launch the [PlayStation VR] this fall.”
This fall isn’t in the first half of 2016, so fans are left wondering if Raines knows something Sony hasn’t announced yet. Both GameStop and Sony have replied to inquiries about the interview with vague information about not being ready to discuss the device’s release date. But if Raines’s slip of the tongue is based on reality, PlayStation 4 owners will have longer to wait before they can jump into VR gaming.
2. Will mobile device graphics soar past consoles next year?
This one is more speculation than rumor, but it’s pretty wild to consider anyway. According to the ecosystem director of the chip-making company ARM, the chips set to be installed in phones and tablets by the end of 2017 will be more powerful than the chips that drive the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. That means the graphics on your phone could surpass the graphics of the upcoming installments of Gears of War, Uncharted, and Call of Duty. That’s a lot of horsepower.
As far as speculation goes, this seems reasonable. Even since the debut of the current console generation in 2013, PCs have been able to beat Xbox One and PS4 in terms of graphics cards. It was only a matter of time before that technology could be shrunk down to fit in a mobile device. Graphics aren’t everything, of course, so it remains to be seen whether game makers will devote the resources to push mobile games past console games. I suspect that won’t happen for quite a few years, but I could be wrong.
3. Has the Xbox “Games with Gold” lineup for March leaked?
Each month, Microsoft gives away a handful of games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The company typically announces what games will be available a few days before the start of each month. According to a source with apparent inside information speaking to Hotukdeals, the March lineup has leaked. It will include the following titles:
Crimes and Punishments: Sherlock Holmes – available March 1 to 31
Lords of the Fallen – available March 16 to April 15
Supreme Commander 21st – available March 1 to 15
Borderlands16th – available March 16 to 31
If true, the standout title is Lords of the Fallen, a game that plays similar to the Dark Souls series but is much more welcoming to newcomers. We should know if this leak is real by the end of the week.
4. Is a Bioshock collection in the works?
Leave it to ratings boards to leak information about upcoming games before they’re announced. The latest leak to spring this way is Bioshock: The Collection, which the Brazilian ratings board has listed for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. No word on when this compilation will launch, but since this comes from a credible source, it seems like a solid bet.
5. Is Deep Down still happening?
One of the games Capcom showed off at the PlayStation 4 debut event in early 2013 was Deep Down, a medieval fantasy game that featured dragons, swords, and disgruntled warriors. We haven’t heard squat about the game since then, making us wonder if the project had been quietly scrapped.
If a copyright extension from Capcom is any indication, it looks like Deep Down may still be in the works. According to the filing, the company is pushing forward with its “efforts in conducting product and/or service research or development.” That’s good news, because the game looks promising. You can see what it’s about in the trailer above.