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. On the other hand, fans 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 a lot of new rumors and leaks ranging from Nintendo’s upcoming Switch console to the new pair of Pokémon games. Read on to see which items you’ll be most excited about if they turn out to be true.
1. Is Beyond Good & Evil 2 a full sequel?
Fans of the cult hit Beyond Good and Evil have been waiting since 2003 for a resolution to the game’s cliffhanger ending. After trailing us along for over a decade, Ubisoft has finally made a formal announcement that the game is in active pre-development (which doesn’t sound like much, but hey, it’s better than nothing). According to Let’s Play Video Games, the sequel might not be quite what you’re expecting.
According to “a source familiar with negotiations on the project,” the game is more of a reboot than a sequel. Apparently it will retell the events of the original while also progressing the story further. That way, people who haven’t played the original won’t feel left out.
As a hint that this rumor may be correct, no one at Ubisoft is referring to it as Beyond Good and Evil 2. Let’s Play Video Games says it will have a subtitle rather than a number in its title. Nothing about this rumor sounds obviously false, but we’ll have to wait to hear more from Ubisoft to know for sure. A lot can change when a game is so early in its development process.
2. Is a Diablo 4 announcement imminent?
This one sounds like a stretch, but internet sleuths are recalling when developer Blizzard Entertainment released its dungeon-crawling game Diablo 3 in 2012, a full 12 years after its predecessor. With such a long span between games, it seemed unlikely we’d see Diablo 4 any time soon. According to one theory, that may not be the case.
Blizzard sent certain YouTubers promotional items to get them jazzed about Blizzcon, the company’s annual convention. In the goodie bag is a Diablo-themed dice pouch filled with the kind of multi-sided dice used in tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons. What some YouTubers noticed is that the four-sided die isn’t quite right. The numbers on one of its sides reads 1–1–4 which, for reasons I won’t get into here, makes the die unusable.
Here’s where the conspiracy kicks in. November 4 (11–4) is when Blizzcon begins. A four-sided die is usually referred to in the tabletop community as a “D4,” which would also be the acronym for Diablo 4. Hopeful fans interpreted this as a possible hint that Blizzard will announce Diablo 4 on November 4 at Blizzcon.
It sounds like a stretch, but it’s not the first time we’ve gotten a whiff of a new Diablo project. Back in July, Blizzard was hiring for an “unannounced project” that would “lead the Diablo series into the future.” I guess we’ll have to wait for November 4 to know for sure.
3. Pokémon Sun and Moon springs a massive leak
Last week, Nintendo released a demo of the upcoming games Pokémon Sun and Moon. Within hours of its release in Europe, some tech-savvy fan data-mined the demo file and discovered that it contains all kinds of previously unreleased information, including images of the final evolutions of the three starter Pokémon. It also contains images of the new “ultra beasts” included in these games, and all sorts of other things that may interest Pokémon fanatics. Check out the full rundown on Kotaku for all the spoilers.
4. Is Wolfenstein: New Colossus in the works?
The Wolfenstein series has had its ups and downs over the years, so no one expected all that much from 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order. What we got was one of the best single-player shooters in recent years. The positive reception must have made the game sell well, because it sounds like a sequel is in the works. In an interview with Two Left Sticks, the main character’s voice actor seemed to all but confirm this.
Actor Brian Bloom said, “I’ll be safe with this answer. If you look at Bethesda’s E3 2016 lineup there was a title hinted at in a cool way. It sparked a bit of wildfire. That subtle, very simple DOS language, going through the titles. Perhaps we’re working on that as we speak.”
He’s referring to the image above, which shows the titles of games by series. All of the games in the list are out except the mysterious New Colossus, which follows after three other Wolfenstein titles. From the looks of it, this rumor could be a slam dunk.
5. Skyrim is coming to Nintendo Switch, right?
It took long enough, but Nintendo has formally unveiled the Nintendo Switch, a console/handheld hybrid. Of all the games that appear in the trailer, many fans are most excited to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the go. Strangely enough, developer Bethesda won’t confirm that Skyrim is coming to the Switch.
Speaking with GameIndustry.biz, a spokesperson for Bethesda said, “We’re happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Nintendo on the video. While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of the Switch. We look forward to revealing specific games and details in the future.”
Weird. I guess we’ll have to wait for further confirmation.
6. Is Hearthstone coming to Switch?
Even if Skyrim doesn’t come to the Switch, it’s possible that the popular digital card game Hearthstone will. The game’s Twitter account sent the above tweet Nintendo’s way, possibly hinting that the game will appear on the upcoming Nintendo platform.
Then again, publisher Activision-Blizzard isn’t on the official list of third-party publishing partners Nintendo released, so this could just be a silly Twitter joke.