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 slew of potential leaks about Final Fantasy. Read on to see which items you’ll be most excited about if they turn out to be true.
1. Will the X-Men be in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite?
Now that we know Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is in the works, fighting game fans are wondering if their favorite characters will make the roster. The only Marvel characters announced so far are Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Captain America (with Ryu, Morrigan, and Mega Man X on the Capcom side). Some fans have speculated that the X-Men and Fantastic Four wouldn’t be in the game, thanks to entanglements from Fox owning the film rights to those characters.
But the NeoGAF commenter Ryce, who leaked the game’s existence before it was announced, has chimed in to say that X-Men and Fantastic Four won’t be in the core game, but they’ll become available as paid DLC.
While it’s not ideal to have to pay extra to play as Wolverine and Storm, I suppose it’s better than not being able to play as them at all. That is, assuming this rumor is true.
2. Will 2017 see loads of repackaged Final Fantasy games?
Square Enix may have some big plans for Final Fantasy next year to celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary. According to VGLeaks, the company plans to launch the first episode of the Final Fantasy VII remake on PS4 next year (with a PC version to follow in 2018). It will also release a PS4-exclusive bundle of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, as well as a Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Collection on PS4 and PS Vita. The collection will include the first nine installments of the Final Fantasy series.
Who knows if it’s all true, but it does seem unlikely that Square Enix would let the series’ 30th anniversary pass by without some way to cash in. This is a company that re-bundles and re-releases Final Fantasy games all the time, usually for no reason at all.
3. Will Dark Souls come to Nintendo Switch?
Nintendo fans have been working themselves into a frenzy over every scrap of information leaked, rumored, or announced about the upcoming Switch console. (Where was this enthusiasm for the Wii U, guys?) One of the big questions on everyone’s mind is what kind of third-party support the Switch will get. We know a number of developers have signed on already, but the games they have planned are mostly a mystery.
According to a recent Twitter post from games journalist Laura Kate Dale, developer From Software is considering releasing the whole Dark Souls trilogy on the Switch. Apparently, the company already has Dark Souls III running on the Switch, but hasn’t committed to releasing it quite yet.
Playing the Dark Souls trilogy on the go would be great, but it would be even better if From Software committed to bringing upcoming games to the Switch. As you may remember, when the Wii U launched, it got a handful of then-recent AAA games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Mass Effect 3, but third-party developers abandoned the platform soon thereafter. Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen to the Switch.
4. Will GameCube games come to the Nintendo Switch Virtual Console?
The Virtual Console is Nintendo’s digital store for classic games from past Nintendo consoles. To date, the most recent games on offer have come from the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS. According to three separate sources speaking with Eurogamer, the Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console will offer GameCube games as well.
Apparently Nintendo already has three games working on the platform: Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. That’s good news for anyone who had a GameCube and wants to play some of their favorite games again. Actually, since those games are all excellent, it’s good news for anyone who likes good games, period.
5. Will Pokémon Stars let your Pokémon follow you?
This one’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s worth hearing out. Some Pokémon fans get excited about the idea of seeing their pocket monsters follow the player on the world map, something that hasn’t happened in the series since 1999’s Pokémon Silver and Gold. So when Twitter user @KazoWAR mined the data in Sun and Moon and found walking and running animations for every Pokémon, they were disappointed that the feature was apparently cut from the game at some point.
The hope is that Nintendo will put those animations to use in Pokémon Stars. Incidentally, Pokémon Stars hasn’t been announced, but is rumored to be a Nintendo Switch version of Sun and Moon. To recap, this rumor is based on hints of a feature that was apparently cut from Sun and Moon and pegged on a game that might not even exist. Sounds like a stretch, though that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not true.