Just when you think the rumor mill couldn’t possibly churn up any more leaked details about the video game industry, it goes and offers up a whole new batch for gamers to chew on.
This week we have a handful of exciting rumors about the possible return of a beloved racing series, a colorful new version of gaming hardware that may be making its way to U.S. shores, and a lot more. Read on for details.
Has Metal Gear Solid maker Kojima Productions disbanded?
We’ve been wondering what exactly is going on with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami for a while. News of the situation may just have been leaked by the Japanese voice actor of Solid Snake, who took to Twitter to give a heartfelt goodbye to Kojima Productions. The development studio has disbanded, he said.
This comes as news to the rest of the world, because neither Konami nor Kojima have said anything about it. As far as we know, the developer is currently finishing up work on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which is set to launch on September 1 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
It’s possible Konami has disbanded Kojima Productions, and that the people currently working on the game are continuing as contracted employees. For some time now, it has seemed that the writing was on the wall that MGS V would be the last Konami project for Kojima.
Does the voice actor know something we don’t? It’s certainly plausible. Even if it’s true, don’t expect this to mess up MGS V. Konami has so much money in that game that it will do everything it can to make for a successful launch.
A look into Nintendo’s scrapped Metroid games
If the negative reaction to the announcement of the 3DS game Metroid Prime: Federation Force is any indication, Metroid fans want one thing and one thing only: a new single-player installment of the series.
According to Unseen64, a site that gathers info on canceled games, Nintendo worked on two separate single-player Metroid games before changing the premise or scrapping them entirely. One was a single-player DS game called Metroid Prime Hunters. As fans of the series know, it evolved into a multiplayer-focused game before launch. The other was a side-scrolling DS game called Metroid Dread that looked similar to the Game Boy Advance game Metroid Fusion. However, Metroid Dread never truly got off the ground. Watch the video above for more details.
More evidence Burnout is coming back
The most recent Burnout game was 2008’s Burnout Paradise. It’s been a long seven years for fans of the series, who would kill for more of the same finely-tuned gameplay and incredible sense of speed. On developer Criterion’s website, producer Pete Lake gave a hint that a new entry may be in the works.
“I’ve been working on a couple of super-secret things that I can’t talk about yet,” he said. “But we’ll have something amazing to reveal soon…!”
OK, so it’s not a given that what he’s talking about is a new Burnout game. In fact, Criterion announced an extreme sports game at E3 2014, but we haven’t heard more about it since. Could Lake be referring to that instead of Burnout? Apparently we won’t have to wait long to find out.
Is Assassin’s Creed Chronicles coming to Vita?
The latest offshoot of the Assassin’s Creed series is Chronicles, a trio of side-scrolling action stealth games for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If this listing on Amazon Spain is any indication, however, it looks like the games are also coming coming to PS Vita as part of a package releasing on November 19.
While the Vita doesn’t tend to get many Western-developed games these days, the Chronicles titles would make a lot of sense on the platform. The Vita hardware is more than capable of running gorgeous side-scrolling games, and the bite-sized levels would work particularly well on a portable device.
Is the metallic blue New 3DS XL coming to the U.S.?
So far, Nintendo has only released black and red versions of the New Nintendo 3DS XL in the West (plus a couple of game-specific special editions). If this Play-Asia listing is correct, it looks like a new “metallic blue” color could be heading our way.
That’s good news for fans of the color blue, but the big question remains about whether we’ll ever see the standard-sized New 3DS in the West. The bigger XL version is fine for some people, but many would like the more compact model that’s available in other markets.
Alpha gameplay of upcoming Hitman game leaked
Square Enix is prepping to launch a new Hitman game on December 8, but the company hasn’t shown much of it yet. If you want a peek at the upcoming game, you’re in luck: leaked alpha gameplay footage has recently appeared online. The videos are being removed quickly from YouTube, but the one above works at the time of this writing.
Basically, it looks like a Hitman game, with Agent 47 sneaking around, donning disguises, and throttling people as quietly as possible, all while avoiding detection on the way to his targets.