Just when you think the rumor mill couldn’t possibly churn up any more rumors about the video game industry, it goes and offers up a whole new batch for gamers to chew on. This week we have rumors about Half-Life 3, Amiibos, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and more. Read on for the details.
1. Don’t expect Half-Life 3 anytime soon
File this one under “things that are obvious,” but according to an “anonymous source inside Valve” speaking with The Know, Half-Life 3 is currently in development, but that doesn’t mean we can expect to see it anytime soon.
The team responsible for the game only consists of about 10 people at the moment. The script is complete, but that’s about as far as they’ve gotten. The reason Valve isn’t focusing on it? It doesn’t need to. It’s making oodles of money from Steam and free-to-play games like Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2.
Whether this anonymous source is real or not, it’s obvious to anyone paying attention that Valve isn’t in any hurry to release a new installment of the series. Although the game left off on a major cliffhanger and fans have been clamoring for it since the 2007 release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Valve seems happy to leave us hanging.
Not cool, Valve. Not cool.
2. Are Kojima and Konami splitting because of money?
This rumor comes from someone who heard it from someone, so take it with a grain of salt. A co-host of the podcast The Codec said he was in an interview with former Metal Gear Solid composer Rika Muranaka when the issue of the apparent split between Konami and Metal Gear Solid series director Hideo Kojima came up. The reason for the split, says Muranaka, is money.
Apparently, Kojima is paid a flat salary rather than a portion of profits on game sales. Since he gets paid the same amount no matter how long it takes to get the game out the door, he has no financial incentive to finalize and ship the game. And since a long development time means a bigger budget, the issue has caused Konami and Kojima to butt heads.
Whether this rumor comes from a reliable source or not, it’s a safe bet that the reason for the apparent split comes down to money one way or another.
3. Did Kojima know he was going to be erased by Konami?
Speaking of the Konami/Kojima split, an innocuous-seeming side mission in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes seems to hint that Kojima knew bad times were coming a while long ago.
In Ground Zeroes, which came out in March 2014, one mission has you find hidden logos for all of the Kojima-directed Metal Gear games, and erase them using a UV light. That didn’t seem all that strange until recently, when Konami removed all mention of Kojima from the Metal Gear Solid website, and even from the cover of the game itself.
Coincidence? You be the judge.
4. Has the Mewtwo Amiibo’s release date leaked?
The Pokémon Mewtwo is available in Super Smash Bros. as a DLC character. Nintendo announced recently that all DLC characters will get Amiibo figurines at some point, but didn’t specify when. As is the case with many leaks, the release date may have been outed by a retailer.
The South African retailer Raru briefly posted a listing for the Mewtwo Amiibo with an October 23 release date. The page has been taken offline, but until we hear otherwise, that’s as good a date as any.
5. Is a Dead Island: Definitive Edition heading our way?
And in other South African news (seriously), it looks like a retailer called Loot may have outed an HD remaster of Dead Island. The game, called Dead Island: Definitive Edition, briefly showed up on the retailer’s website. It said it was playable on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Previously, the open-world zombie game was only available for previous-generation consoles. No announcement of the game has been made yet.