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 moment to announce new games and hardware in hopes of making a fortune for their investors. 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 they sure do.
This week we’ve uncovered a number of rumors and leaks that have a pretty good 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. Will the next Call of Duty be set in the distant future?
For years now, the yearly Call of Duty games have been set in the present or relatively near future. That trend may end with this year’s installment, according to a rumor that says the 2016 CoD game will take place in the distant future, with a science fiction setting that includes space combat. What that means, exactly, is unclear, although space soldiers could be pretty cool.
So how likely is it to be true? Pretty darn likely, it seems. The info comes from a NeoGAF member who correctly leaked details about last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. The futuristic setting was also independently verified by Eurogamer, so it’s safe to bet we’ll be blasting enemies in space this November.
By the way, last year’s Black Ops 3 was announced in April, so don’t be surprised if you hear more about this year’s installment soon.
2. Check out this Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay footage
Fans of massive, space-faring RPGs have been clamoring for any details they can get about the upcoming game Mass Effect: Andromeda, which is scheduled to release early next year. Apparently, someone on the development team posted a gameplay video to the web. It was quickly taken down, but not before a NeoGAF member cranked out a pair of animated gifs.
If it is in fact footage of the game — which it certainly appears to be — it comes from an early version of it. The leaker says the game no longer looks like that.
3. Is Watch Dogs 2 happening?
Developer Ubisoft hasn’t announced a sequel to Watch Dogs, its 2014 open-world game based on hacking a futuristic city, but it looks like the game’s existence may have been leaked by GameStop. You can see for yourself that the European arm of the gaming retailer has posted Watch Dogs 2 for pre-order on its site. The game will apparently be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
No other information like a release date or description is listed, but if you want to secure your copy of this game that may or may not exist, you can.
4. Will Sony bring PlayStation VR to PC?
Sony’s virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4 won’t launch until October, but the Japanese publication Nikkei reports that Sony is considering bringing it to PC as well. Word comes directly from Sony Computer Entertainment executive vice president Masayasu Ito, so it’s about as reliable as information gets. Whether Sony will follow through with the idea or not remains to be seen. If PS VR does come to PC, Ito said it wouldn’t happen immediately.
Bringing exclusive games to PC is one of several weird things Sony and Microsoft have been doing this console generation. Doing the same for hardware isn’t much of a stretch.
5. Is Shadow of Mordor 2 in the works?
The 2014 game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was a big hit with fans and critics alike, so it’s safe to assume that a sequel is in the works. Still, Warner Bros. hasn’t announced anything yet. Thanks to some sleuthing on stunt websites, Nerd Leaks discovered Shadow of Mordor 2 listed on the resume of stunt actress Lauren Mary Kim. Pretty interesting for a game that doesn’t officially exist.
That said, a game showing up on a resume isn’t proof of the game’s existence. Just look at last week’s Red Dead Redemption 2 kerfuffle that sprang up because of a typo.
6. Is this information about PlayStation 4.5 real?
We’ve been following the possible existence of a new, more powerful version of the PlayStation 4 ever since Kotaku blew the lid off the thing a couple of weeks ago. A bunch of new information has just sprung up on NeoGAF, thanks to someone claiming to have inside knowledge of the hardware. Among the most interesting new claims are these:
- Price no higher than $499
- Faster GPU with twice the power of the original PS4
- It will have a 4K Blu-ray player, and upscale games to 4K resolution
- Developers are already making games for it. Those games will work on the current PS4, but with “sacrifices”
It’s impossible to know if this information comes from a reliable source, so take it with a grain of salt. If a PS4.5 is coming, Sony may announce it at E3 in June.
7. Evidence mounts for Bioshock: The Collection
Developer 2K hasn’t bothered to announce a collection of all three Bioshock games coming to modern systems, but it seems all but inevitable at this point. After appearing on two countries’ rating board websites, the unannounced collection has just appeared on the website for the ESRB, the ratings board for the U.S.
The ESRB describes it as a “collection of three first-person shooters in which players assume the role of characters uncovering the mysteries behind the dystopian societies of Rapture and Columbia.”
Bioshock is one of the stand-out games of the previous console generation, and its two sequels aren’t too shabby, either. Keep an eye out for an official announcement whenever 2K decides to unveil this open secret.
8. Is Beyond Good and Evil 2 really still happening?
Despite having been announced eight years ago, Beyond Good and Evil 2 still shows no signs of being anywhere near completion. Many fans think it has been quietly canceled by Ubisoft. Thankfully, as Destructoid reports, the developer has just renewed its trademark. Looks like the game might not be dead after all.