5 New Video Game Rumors: Superman, Ninja Turtles, 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 five 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 Nintendo already getting cocky about the NX?

Source: Nintendo

Source: Nintendo

In good news for Nintendo fans who are ready to move on from the Wii U, Digitimes reports that Nintendo’s next console, codenamed NX, will begin mass production in early 2016. The article also says that “despite the fact that the Japan-based company is targeting to ship 20 million units in 2016, the device’s upstream component suppliers expect shipments to only reach around 10 – 12 million units.”

If you follow sales in the industry, those numbers should jump out at you for being surprisingly high. It’s strange that Nintendo thinks it can ship 20 million units in a single year, seeing as the Wii U has only sold half that many units in three years.

Even the suppliers’ predictions of 10 to 12 million units shipped to retailers are fantastically optimistic. Do they know something we don’t? So far this console generation, the PlayStation 4 is the only system that has managed to sell 10 million units through to customers in a single year, and it’s been breaking sales records left and right. There’s no way Nintendo can count on similar results unless the company has some amazing secret up its sleeve.

It’s also possible the article is full of baloney. That’s probably the most likely scenario.

2. Is a Superman game in the works?

Christopher Reeve in 'Superman IV: The Quest for Peace'

Source: Warner Bros.

According to IGN, Warner Bros. Games Montreal is working on two games based in the DC Comics universe. That’s not really a surprise, considering how well the Batman: Arkham series has done for the publisher. The question is, what games are they working on?

Many Internet commenters think the games may be based on Suicide Squad and Superman, seeing as those two properties have movies coming out soon. That may be, but I wouldn’t count out another Batman game, perhaps one that’s not based in the Batman: Arkham universe, since that story seems to have run its course. Batman has been an enormous moneymaker for Warner Bros. over the past few years, so putting it on hold doesn’t seem very likely. Still, it would be great to get a decent Superman game, seeing as many of them are laughably bad.

3. Will Capcom make a new Onimusha game?

In the PlayStation 2 era, Capcom put out an excellent series of games called Onimusha. Basically, you used swords and martial arts to exterminate supernatural threats. Then you could absorb the souls of your enemies to power up. It was a lot of fun, but the last installment came out in 2006.

According to a NeoGAF user, Capcom has once again filed a trademark for Onimusha. Whether that means the company will make a new game in the series or not remains to be seen. But we can hope, and we can sharpen our swords so we’re ready if they do.

4. Is a new TMNT game in the works?

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III'

Source: New Line Cinema

Developer Platinum Games sure is busy these days, with announced titles like Scalebound, Star Fox Zero, and Nier: Automata in the works. Thanks to a listing on Australia’s Classification Board, it seems that the company is also working on a game called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.

We don’t have many details beyond the title, other than it will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. But the world could use a new TMNT beat-‘em-up game, so I’m hoping that’s what it is.

5. Have a bunch of upcoming Steam games leaked?

Source: Square Enix

Source: Square Enix

Steam, the digital storefront for video games, has experienced a potentially significant leak, according to a NeoGAF user. How the information surfaced is pretty complicated, but some tech-savvy gamers apparently found a way to see hints of titles they’re not supposed to see in Steam. That said, even if the list is completely real, these games may or may not end up coming out.

Among the games discovered are Final Fantasy X and X2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy VI, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Danganronpa, Danganronpa 2, and Steins;Gate. Actually, Half Life 3 is on the list as well, but it’s almost certainly a placeholder that’s been in the system for many years and doesn’t mean anything. Still, one can hope.

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