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 leaks and rumors are bound to trickle out.
This week we’ve uncovered rumors and leaks ranging from games coming to the Nintendo Switch to a possible campaign mode for Overwatch. Read on to see which items you’ll be most excited about if they turn out to be true.
1. Is Overwatch getting a campaign?
Blizzard has kept Overwatch alive and well since launch thanks to a steady stream of updates, tweaks, and new content for the online shooter. But the one thing the company has never given Overwatch fans is a single-player campaign. That could change in the future, according to a report by Eurogamer.
The speculation is based on a pair of job listings on Blizzard’s career page. The company is looking for software engineers to work on “a robust first-person engine for an unannounced project.” It also notes that “previous experience working on first-person or other action-oriented games” is a plus.
Why would that make anyone assume it’s for Overwatch? For starters, Overwatch is Blizzard’s only first-person action game to date. Sure, a new one could be in the works, but it’s not a genre the developer tends to favor. Blizzard has also added late single-player content to Hearthstone, a game that had previously been purely multiplayer-focused.
For anyone who enjoys shooters but isn’t a fan of online play, this could be a great addition to the game. If the rumor is true, that is.
2. Mario Kart Switch details
Intrepid Nintendo reporter Emily Rogers reports that the Mario Kart game we got a glimpse of in the Switch trailer is, in fact, Mario Kart 8. The game originally appeared on Wii U in 2014, but if the rumor is true, its Switch version will be loaded with bonuses. According to this rumor, not only will it come with all of the downloadable content ever released for the Wii U version, but it will also contain new tracks, new characters, and a modified version of the game’s somewhat derided Battle Mode.
3. Is Nintendo resurrecting Wave Race?
Trademark watchers noticed that Nintendo has filed a trademark for Wave Race in Europe. What’s the big deal about Wave Race, you might ask? The Wave Race series is beloved by a whole generation of Nintendo fans who grew up playing Game Boy, Nintendo 64, and GameCube. The series puts you on a jet ski and has you race others through tropical locations, maneuvering around buoys as you go.
The question is why Nintendo is claiming the trademark now. One obvious answer would be that Nintendo may be working on a new Wave Race game for Switch. Will this one come true? It’s too early to say, but don’t be surprised if it does. If so, we could hear about the game as early as January 12, when Nintendo plans to reveal a whole pile of new information about the Switch.
4. Details of the cancelled Sleeping Dogs 2 emerge
Leaks about cancelled games can be interesting for anyone who was looking forward to playing them. The gaming site Waypoint recently got the scoop on Sleeping Dogs 2, a would-be follow-up to the Hong Kong-set open-world crime game.
According to development documents, the sequel would have featured a branching narrative and co-op gameplay. It also would have had a unique feature to let players control the game using a phone. Read the full article for the rest of the details about what we’ll be missing.