4 Video Game Rumors: ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Remasters 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. A whole mess of Nintendo NX rumors

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | Nintendo

You practically need an encyclopedia to keep track of all the rumors surrounding Nintendo’s next video game console, code named NX until the company decides to, you know, formally announce the thing. A whole pile of rumors about the NX has accumulated in just the past week. I’ve bullet-pointed the highlights for easier digestion, but you can go to the source of each one for many more details.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that NX games will be on cartridges rather than discs.
  • Anonymous sources have told Letsplayvideogames that, like the PlayStation 4, the NX will have a dedicated Share button. The button apparently won’t let you stream gaming sessions, but it will let you capture video clips and share screenshots on social media channels.
  • Nintendo insider Emily Rogers reports that the NX will have a roughly 6-inch touchscreen, with 720p resolution, and will fall below PS4/Xbox One in terms of power.

These all seem reasonable to me, but we’ll have to wait for confirmation from Nintendo — which, considering that the console is supposed to hit store shelves in six months, is way past due.

2. More evidence of Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection

Assassin’s Creed

Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed | 20th Century Fox

For the first time in seven years, we won’t get a brand new installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise this fall. But if this rumor is true, fans eager to commit historic assassinations won’t be left wanting.

We’ve already seen evidence suggesting that Ubisoft may be preparing a remastered Assassin’s Creed trilogy called the Ezio Collection for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. More evidence for the collection’s existence has just popped up at the French site GameBlog, which posted photos of marketing materials for the game.

Apparently, the collection will come with Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, along with all of the games’ DLC, as well as two animated movies starring Ezio.

3. Is this new feature coming to Pokémon Go?

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Pokemon GO | Remko de Waal/AFP/Getty Images

Some gaming fans of a technical bent enjoy perusing the code of their favorite games to see if they can spot upcoming features that haven’t been announced yet. That’s what a pair of coders did recently with Pokémon Go, and they uncovered something that may hint at upcoming functionality.

The feature in question is a “buddy system” that lets you choose one of your Pokémon to walk around with (like how you can walk with eggs to make them hatch). Apparently, buddying up with a Pokémon would give you candy, a crucial element for evolving your creatures on the way to collecting them all.

4. Is Red Dead Redemption Remastered on its way?

John Marston aiming a gun at the camera.

Red Dead Redemption | Rockstar Games

Rumors of a sequel (or prequel) to the 2010 masterpiece Red Dead Redemption have been circulating for a while now, but they seem to be picking up steam in recent months, with the biggest one showing a leaked map of the game’s open-world environment.

But before we get a sequel, we may be dipping back into the original game. According to the Korean website Game Focus, a remastered version of the 2010 game will be announced on September 7, the very same day Sony is hosting a PlayStation event to unveil the PlayStation 4 Neo. Will Rockstar Games announce a remastered Red Dead at the event? It’s possible, especially considering there’s currently no way to play the game on PS4.

The remaster would apparently come out sometime next year, which could help set the stage for the sequel.

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