‘Star Wars Battlefront’ Sequels and More Video Game Rumors

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 pulling in as many gamers as possible. Fans, on the other hand, want to know everything that’s coming down the line, the sooner the better. In that kind of environment, leaks and rumors are bound to trickle out.

This week we’ve uncovered four rumors and leaks that just might come true. So follow along as we peel back the curtain to see what special things may be happening in the world of video games.

1. Will Star Wars Battlefront get multiple sequels?

It’s a fact of life that most successful video games spawn sequels. And since Electronic Arts projects somewhere in the ballpark of 13 million sales for Star Wars Battlefront, it would almost be more surprising if the game didn’t get a sequel. Still, fans like reassurance, and EA CEO Blake Jorgensen gave it to them this week by suggesting that one or more sequels are in the pipeline.

“We struck a licensing deal with Disney a few years back that’s almost 10 years in length,” he said at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco. “The game that comes out tomorrow, Star Wars Battlefront, is a traditional first-person style shooter game. Our goal is to make future Battlefront games as well as other style games around the Star Wars franchise, both on mobile as well as console and PC. It’s a huge opportunity for us.”

Sounds like a lot of Star Wars games may be coming. In the meantime, EA has announced a single-player Star Wars game being developed by Dead Space makers Visceral Games. That title is being worked on by Uncharted writer and director Amy Hennig, so there’s a good chance it will be excellent.

2. Is the new Mass Effect hero named Ryder?

Electronic Arts has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming game Mass Effect: Andromeda. It shows real footage of space travel before going into CG graphics and pulling way out of the star system to show a giant space ship.

One eagle-eyed viewer noticed a fuzzily-rendered dog tag in the corner of the screen 44 seconds into the video. If you take a screenshot and zoom in on it, you can almost-kinda-maybe make out that it says something that could possibly be RYDER.

Is that the name of the hero of Andromeda? Is that a hint at the story of the game? Reddit has plenty of theories, but the rest of us will have to wait for more information to find out. The game is scheduled to launch sometime in 2016.

3. Is Minecraft for Wii U coming soon?

The European ratings board PEGI recently added a listing for Minecraft on Wii U. While the game’s release on the system wouldn’t be a surprise, seeing as it’s available on just about anything with a screen, there’d been no announcement that it was coming.

Because it appeared on the rating board’s website, fans expected an announcement at the recent Nintendo Direct presentation, but that didn’t materialize either. And now PEGI has gone and removed the game from its website.

What’s going on? Is Minecraft heading to Wii U? It seems that way, but, since no one’s talking, we’ll have to wait and see. If it is coming, getting it out before Christmas seems like a no-brainer.

4. What is EA’s Assassin’s Creed-style game?

Electronic Arts is a major publisher, but it doesn’t have much in the way of open-world adventure games, the likes of which its competitor Ubisoft has in spades. I’m talking about games like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watch Dogs. That may be about to change, thanks to EA’s hiring of Jade Raymond, who worked on Ubisoft games like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs.

Raymond is heading up a new studio EA is building in Montreal, whose focus will be on open-world action games. Sounds like a smart plan, and an excellent opportunity to woo some of the Assassin’s Creed fans who have been put off in recent years by the series’s refusal to fix long-standing gameplay issues. What will EA’s game be like? Who knows, but it will be good for gamers if Ubisoft has some decent competition on the open-world action game front. We’ll stay tuned for more on this topic, but don’t expect to hear much soon. Games that big take several years to develop.

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