6 New Video Game Rumors: PS4 Slim and More

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 six rumors and leaks that have a decent chance of being true. So follow along as we try to find out the secrets the video game industry doesn’t want to let out yet.

1. Is this the PlayStation 4 Slim?

A leaked PlayStation 4 Slim

An apparently leaked PlayStation 4 Slim | Source: NeoGAF

Now that we’re three years into this console generation, it’s about time to expect smaller versions of the systems to come out. Microsoft led the way with the Xbox One S. But based on a whole slew of photos, it looks like a slim version of the PS4 is on its way as well. The photos come from a listing — since removed — at the auction site Gumtree. You can see them all here.

It’s possible the slim PS4 in the photos is fake. It’s also possible it’s the PlayStation 4 Neo, although since the packaging just says “PlayStation 4,” it’s most likely a redesigned version of the current PS4.

My take? It’s almost certainly real. If it’s fake, someone went to a lot of work to whip up an authentic-looking new design, with a level of build quality that holds up under close scrutiny.

2. Is a new Splinter Cell game in the works?

Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell Conviction

Splinter Cell Conviction | Source: Ubisoft

An apparently reliable (yet anonymous) tipster speaking with a NeoGAF forum member has revealed that a new Splinter Cell game is in development at Ubisoft. The source also says Michael Ironside is apparently returning to the role of Sam Fisher, after taking a break from the series with Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

That’s about all the information there is, so it’s hard to tell if it’s true. But if history is anything to go by, we are about due for another Splinter Cell game, seeing as Blacklist was released in 2013.

3. Is Fallout: New Orleans a thing?

A probably fake Fallout: New Orleans logo

Leaked apparent Fallout: New Orleans logo | Source: EU IPO

In much shakier gaming rumor news, a logo trademark has been filed in the EU for Fallout: New Orleans. The trademark hasn’t been approved yet, and it looks like something someone whipped up in Microsoft Word in about 20 seconds, but it has people talking.

The case that it might be real is based on the idea that developer Bethesda might outsource a new installment of the series to Obsidian, the team behind Fallout: New Vegas. But without any proof besides the clearly amateurish design above, don’t get your hopes up.

4. Is a Mass Effect remastered trilogy on its way?

Commander Shepard in Mass Effect

Commander Shepard in Mass Effect | Source: Electronic Arts

With a new Mass Effect scheduled for a spring 2017 release, it seems like now would be the perfect time for publisher Electronic Arts to drop a remastered version of the original trilogy onto current consoles. Based on some vague comments from EA executive vice president Patrick Soderlund, it sounds like that might be in the works. Here’s an exchange between Soderlund and Game Informer:

Game Informer: One of the things I asked you last year when we sat down at E3 was about Mass Effect. At the time, there were two publishers that hadn’t really dipped into the remaster world: you and Activision. Activision has since released a number of remasters or ports, and now they are working on a full-on remaster for MW. Revisiting this as the last man standing on remasters, has anything changed? Like a Mass Effect trilogy remaster?

Soderlund: What’s changed is that there is proof in the market that people want it, maybe more than there was when we spoke. There were some that did it before, but I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want. The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it. I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully.

5. Is Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection happening?

Ezio from Assassin's Creed Revelations

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations | Source: Ubisoft

For the first time in years, we won’t get a new installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise this fall. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll have to go a whole year without experiencing the thrill of historical murder and intrigue. Thanks to filings on the Korean game rating system, it looks like the Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection may be coming to PS4 and Xbox One.

The character Ezio Auditore da Firenze starred in Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, games that came out between 2009 and 2011 on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Ubisoft releasing such a collection this fall would make sense, what with the Assassin’s Creed movie hitting theaters on December 21.

6. Is an I Am Setsuna sequel in the works?

A team of adventurers sets out to confront a fiend.

I Am Setsuna | Source: Square Enix

Lots of gamers grew up enjoying Square Enix role-playing games like Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger. To recapture the spirit of those games, the developer has assembled a small team called Tokyo RPG Factory to put out games that try to capture the spirit of those classics.

The developer’s first effort was the well received game I Am Setsuna. What Tokyo RPG Factory is working on next is anyone’s guess, although Gematsu reports that Square Enix has filed a trademark for “Kimi to Kiri no Labyrinth” in Japan, which translates to “You and the Foggy Labyrinth.” According to the site, some Japanese blogs think the new game will be an I Am Setsuna sequel, because the two titles in Japanese “evoke a similar feel.”

Sounds shaky, but we do know Tokyo RPG Factory is tasked with making classic-style RPGs, and an I Am Setsuna sequel is certainly not out of the question.

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