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, for their part, want to know everything that’s coming down the line as soon as possible. In that kind of environment, video game leaks and rumors are bound to trickle out.
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. Call of Duty almost went to ancient Rome
Here’s an interesting look at what might have been. According to TechRadar, back when the Call of Duty craze was first kicking off — thanks to the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare — Activision began seeking pitches for new games in the series. One pitch that made it pretty far through the process was Call of Duty: Roman Wars, a game that would have taken place in ancient Rome and centered on soldiers in Julius Caesar’s elite Tenth Legion.
A team of developers made a prototype level that you can see in the video above. It featured horses and elephants riding into battle, with attacks ranging from catapults to melee sword combat.
As history shows, Activision stuck mostly with recent and future warfare for the series (this year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will feature space battles). But if Roman combat is more your thing, your best bet is probably the Xbox One exclusive game Ryse: Son of Rome.
2. Are these the PlayStation 4 Neo launch details?
Retailers leak unannounced information all the time, so when Amazon puts information on a product page, fans take note. That’s what happened recently with Amazon Spain, when a new PlayStation 4 console popped up out of nowhere. The device, which was briefly available for pre-order before being removed, was set to launch October 13, 2016 for 400 euros (about $450), which is $100 higher than the current retail price of the PS4.
The listing was simply labeled “PlayStation 4,” but Sony fans have been wondering if it could be the first whiff of the PlayStation 4 Neo. Aside from acknowledging the Neo exists, Sony hasn’t announced any details yet, so we’ll have to wait for an official word to be sure.
3. Will Nintendo release more miniature consoles?
Nintendo recently announced it will release an NES Classic Edition, a device that looks like a smaller version of the classic game console. It plugs into your TV and lets you play a selection of 30 classic NES games that come pre-loaded on the system. The best part is that, when it launches on November 11, the whole thing will only cost $60, the price of a single game for modern consoles.
As for the rumor, Nintendo’s official page for the NES Classic sports a brand new red and white “Classics” logo. While the logo itself doesn’t necessarily mean anything, some hopeful fans have speculated that the NES Classic could be the first in a new product line of miniature retro consoles. Nintendo certainly has enough retro systems to choose from, including Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and GameCube. Will we see more mini consoles from the company? If the NES Classic sells well, don’t be surprised if we do.
4. Does this patent show the Nintendo NX?
With Nintendo’s next gaming console shrouded in mystery, fans have been mining every patent the company files for clues about what it might be. The latest patent to pique their interest is the one above, which shows a handheld touchscreen gaming device. The patent also includes a controller peripheral that would snap onto the screen. Shown in the image above, it looks an awful lot like the lower half of a Nintendo 3DS.
Previous rumors have suggested the NX may have a handheld component in addition to a main console that connects to a TV, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise. Still, it’s important to take any patent information with a grain of salt. Companies patent all sorts of things that don’t end up in any finished product, so this device might never see the light of day.
5. Is Dead Rising coming to PS4?
Can you believe there was a time when zombie games weren’t everywhere? There was! Ten years ago a humble Xbox 360 exclusive came out called Dead Rising. Developed by Capcom, it was a well received action game set in a mall that let you use just about any item you could find as a weapon against the zombies. The game never came to any other system, but it looks like that’s about to change. According to Exophase, a set of PlayStation trophies for Dead Rising has appeared in the digital ether. The trophies map exactly to the game’s Xbox 360 achievements, so it’s not likely to be a mistake. In other words, this is pretty conclusive evidence that Dead Rising is heading to PS4.