4 Video Game Rumors and Leaks: ‘Halo’ 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 four 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 Halo 3: Anniversary in the works?

Halo 2 Anniversary Edition screenshot.

Halo 2: Anniversary | Microsoft

On the 10-year anniversary of the first two Halo games, Microsoft celebrated by releasing remastered versions of the games on current hardware. So with the 10th anniversary of Halo 3 coming up in September of next year, it’s no great stretch to assume we might be looking at shiny new version of that game as well.

A NeoGAF forum member recently noticed something (vaguely) unusual in a new book called Halo Mythos: A Guide to the Story of Halo that seems to (thinly) suggest this is the case. One image in the book shows a scene from the end of Halo 3, but according to the post, “they seem to have used the blur assets of [Halo 2: Anniversary] to do this art.”

So it’s all but confirmed, right? Hardly. But seeing as Microsoft not doing an anniversary edition of Halo 3 would be the company breaking with tradition, it seems like it will probably happen — even if this “evidence” isn’t legit.

2. Will the Nintendo NX be announced Wednesday?

A Nintendo Entertainment System and controller on a white background.

Nintendo Entertainment System | Nintendo

Lately, video game personality Kevin Pereira has been using social media to tease something having to do with Nintendo. He tweeted, “Anaheim. Nintendo. GameStop. Let’s get cozy.” He’s referring to the GameStop Expo, which kicks off Wednesday, September 14. He followed up on various social media channels showing images of screens displaying Nintendo-related imagery, including Mario, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach, and Luigi.

Some gamers on a NeoGAF thread are wondering if Nintendo has hired Pereira to help unveil the NX at the event. After all, Pereira did host the Nintendo World Championship last year, which means he and Nintendo are no strangers to one another. Others on the thread are swatting the idea down, saying the GameStop Expo isn’t an event where any company would announce new hardware. But since the world is waiting with bated breath for any word from Nintendo about the NX, you can’t blame fans for hoping.

3. Is Destroy All Humans coming to PS4?

Sony may be taking its time, but the company is gradually bringing various PlayStation 2 games to the PS4’s digital store. One that has yet to be announced is Destroy All Humans. Which is strange, because the European games rating board just rated it for release on PS4.

Destroy All Humans originally launched on PS2 and Xbox in 2005, and received decent reviews. The game puts you in control of alien colonizers and has you, as you might have guessed, destroy a bunch of humans. If you have fond memories of playing the game a decade ago, you probably won’t have to wait long to buy it on PS4 — even if Sony hasn’t bothered to announce it yet.

4. A Warcraft adventure game has leaked

Blizzard Entertainment is notoriously brutal when it comes to canceling games that don’t live up to the company’s exacting standards. One game Blizzard scrapped in the ‘90s after two years of development has just leaked online. It’s a point-and-click adventure game called Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans.

For all intents and purposes, the game is finished, with the animations, puzzles, and voice work already completed. Take a look at the leaked version of the game in the video above, and Google it if you want to download it and try it for yourself.

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