Video game makers have all kind of things planned to launch in the coming years, but they like to reveal them through scheduled announcements. Fans, on the other hand, want to know everything there is to know as soon as possible. In that kind of environment, leaks and rumors are inevitable. This week we’ve uncovered a handful of rumors and leaks that have a good chance of being true. Whether you’re interested in the Nintendo NX, the next Mass Effect, or old games getting new life on PS4, we’ve got you covered.
So follow along as we dig up all the dirt we can find to see what may lie ahead in the world of video games.
1. Is this the hero of Mass Effect Andromeda?
We know Mass Effect Andromeda will launch early next year, but details about the much-anticipated game have been few and far between. That’s why it would be exciting if we got a good glimpse of the main character, known as Pathfinder. If this leak is legit, that’s exactly what the image above is.
This art comes by way of dug it up on the art website ZBrushCentral. The images certainly look professional, and they’re purported to come from an actual Bioware artist, but it’s possible they’re not official.
2. Tons of new NX rumors
Nintendo can’t seem to stop the leaks about the NX, its upcoming console. Dual Pixels recently spoke with an apparent insider, who provided tons of information about the NX. You can read the full list by following that link, but here are a few highlights.
- It’s about as powerful as an Xbox One, and it’s easy for developers to port their Xbox One or PS4 games to it.
- It can stream the screen image to a TV or monitor using a wireless HDMI dongle, so you don’t have to use wires to attach it.
- It has a more subtle rumble effect than we’ve seen in other controllers.
- It connects to your phone and can receive your text messages and phone calls via Bluetooth.
Whether these rumors will prove to be true or not remains to be seen, but we may find out relatively soon. Nintendo’s fiscal year ends March 31, so it’s possible the company will make the system’s official announcement around then, with more details to come at E3 in June.
3. Will Beyond Good and Evil 2 be an NX exclusive?
First announced in 2008, Beyond Good and Evil 2 is a sequel to a Zelda-like game about a journalist uncovering an alien conspiracy. It’s also taking forever to come out. Based on this rumor, provided to Destructoid by a source who’s been right before, it sounds like Nintendo may be helping get the game off the ground as an exclusive for the NX.
We heard a rumor in February that this game was still in the works, so this new rumor adds fuel to the fire.
4. Has Overwatch’s release date leaked?
Almost certainly, yes. Overwatch, Blizzard’s take on the class-based shooter, will launch May 24, with a beta on May 3. This information comes by way of an advertisement slip-up over at IGN. It seems that someone accidentally pressed the button to blanket the gaming site with an Overwatch ad that contains the unannounced info. The ad was quickly removed, but not before gamers noticed.
Confirmed: The game will launch May 24 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. However, the Beta will run May 6-10
5. Is Max Payne coming to PlayStation 4?
If you’re a fan of pills and guns, you’ll be pleased to hear that the original 2001 PlayStation 2 game Max Payne will probably land on the PlayStation 4 soon. Although there’s been no official announcement, the game was rated by the ESRB in December, and trophies for the game have just been added to Sony’s database. Expect to see this one on the PlayStation Store in the near future.
6. Are U.S. gamers a bunch of prudes?
Apparently someone got hold of the English version of Bravely Second, a Japanese role-playing game that’s set to launch in the West on April 15, and dived deep into the game’s code. What they uncovered is that the costumes of the female characters in the Western version cover more skin than they do in the Japanese one. You can see some of the changes in the video above.
While these tweaks may seem silly, they’re not really a big deal to most gamers. That said, a small group of horrible people is likely to make a fuss about it, seeing as they’ve harassed people associated with other games that have been tweaked for U.S. audiences. You can read about it in this piece from Kotaku.