Like anything 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, video game rumors are bound to trickle out.
This week, we’ve uncovered rumors and leaks ranging from the Nintendo Switch to Red Dead Redemption 2 to Batman. Read on to see which items you’ll be most excited about if they turn out to be true.
1. Will Nintendo Switch offer VR?
A bundle of new Nintendo Switch patents have popped up, indicating a number of possible uses for the upcoming console. The most intriguing of the bunch is one that shows how the Switch’s main unit could be slotted into a headset and used as a virtual reality device. According to the patent, the Switch contains all the sensors necessary to track a player’s head movement, making such an application possible.
The question of how much processing power the Switch will have remains to be seen. Processing power is key for making believable VR games. Smartphones can also be used for VR when placed in headsets, but the experience is lacking compared to dedicated headsets like Oculus Rift. So even the Switch can do VR, it might not be all that impressive.
2. Will the next Batman game feature Damian Wayne?
Ever since Warner Bros. wrapped up the Batman: Arkham series with Arkham Knight, rumors have suggested a Suicide Squad game would come next. According to a report by Kotaku, that was the plan, but the plans have changed.
Kotaku says Warner Bros. decided to scrap the Suicide Squad game after two years of development at Warner Bros. Montreal (the team responsible for Batman: Arkham Origins). Instead, the developer has shifted focus to a new Batman game that focuses on Damian Wayne. In case you’re not a comic book fan, Damian Wayne is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul. He first appeared in the 1987 comic Batman: Son of the Demon, and went on to take the role of Robin.
3. Will Red Dead Redemption 2 have three main characters?
A NeoGAF user posted new information from a Grand Theft Auto leaker who apparently works at Rockstar. The rumor is that, like GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature three playable main characters. Unfortunately for fans of the original, John Marston is not one of them. While that may or may not be surprising depending on when the sequel is set, the trio is said to be from Marston’s old gang.
The leaker goes on to say Red Dead Redemption Online will arrive some time after the core game comes out. Whether or not the leaker is legit, that part seems like a safe bet.
4. Will the Switch’s dock give it extra power?
Citing anonymous sources for the information, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has done a deep dive on the power of the Nintendo Switch. Among the findings is that the Switch will get a big power boost when you dock it at your television. When playing it as a portable device, it will run at lower clock speeds, presumably to save battery life. If this is true, it will be interesting to see what effect the power differential has on gameplay. If it hampers the experience significantly, playing on the go will be less appealing.
5. Is Nintendo making an Excite Truck game for Switch?
Nintendo’s Excite series goes back to Excitebike, a 1984 launch title for NES. It resurfaced in 2000 with Excitebike 64 and again in 2006 with Excite Truck for Wii. A new trademark application Nintendo has filed for “Excite Truck” seems to hint that a new entry may be underway for the Nintendo Switch.
While the series doesn’t have the cachet of Mario Kart or F-Zero, it’s generally fun to play. Then again, the original Excite Truck was the worst-received entry in the series, so if Nintendo is planning to resurrect it, making a Truck sequel wouldn’t seem like the obvious choice. If this rumor is true, we may get confirmation during Nintendo’s January 12 reveal event for Switch.