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 Nintendo’s launch lineup for the Switch to a possible sequel to The Last of Us. Read on to see which items you’ll be most excited about if they turn out to be true.
1. Is Guardians of the Galaxy the next Telltale adventure?
Developer Telltale Games announced back in April that it was teaming up with Marvel to make an adventure game that would debut in 2017. Left out of the announcement was which Marvel property the game would be based on. Thanks to a kerfuffle between game makers and the voice acting union SAG-AFTRA, we may have an idea now.
During the hubbub, SAG-AFTRA released a list of games that were involved in a voice actor strike. On the list were two games made under the umbrella of O’Farrell Enterprises, LLC. One was The Walking Dead: Season 3. The other was Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Video Game. SAG-AFTRA has since edited the document so that it’s now listed as “Untitled Marvel Game aka Blue Harvest,” but the damage has been done.
That sounds like pretty solid evidence this game is in the works. And with the movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting theaters in May, it’s a safe bet that we’ll see a Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale adventure game sometime in 2017.
2. Will The Last of Us 2 be announced soon?
Sony is gearing up for its annual PlayStation Experience event, at which we’ll see what new PlayStation games we can expect to play in the coming years. According to a rumor that sprang up on the gaming forum NeoGAF, Sony may use the opportunity to announce a sequel to the post-apocalyptic game The Last of Us.
Seeing as developer Naughty Dog just released Uncharted 4 earlier this year, it might seem early to announce The Last of Us 2. But the developer tends to crank out a new game every two years, so it’s possible The Last of Us 2 could come out sometime in 2018. With the PlayStation Experience running December 3-4, an announcement certainly seems possible.
3. Will Zelda miss the Switch launch?
Nintendo insider Emily Rogers has some bad news for Nintendo fans. If her sources are correct, the hotly anticipated game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not launch alongside the Nintendo Switch in March. Instead, this massive action role-playing game will probably release sometime in the summer — if not fall — of 2017.
That’s because the game’s localization is taking longer than anticipated. Word is that localization will run to December, at which point it will require at least another four to six months of testing before it’s ready for prime time.
While it would be unwise to take this as the gospel truth, Ms. Rogers has a strong track record with Nintendo rumors. As for official word, don’t expect to hear anything until at least January 12, when Nintendo plans to reveal more about the Switch, including its price, release date, and launch lineup.
4. Is a Red Dead Redemption remaster in the works?
That’s the rumor, anyway. It’s unclear what it’s based on, and there are reasons to think it’s not true. For one, Rockstar Games has made Red Dead Redemption backwards compatible on Xbox One, meaning you can play your Xbox 360 copy of the game on the latest hardware. Rockstar also announced it’s bringing the game to PlayStation Now, a game streaming service that lets you play PS3 games on PS4.
Since the original Red Dead Redemption is (or soon will be) playable on the latest generation of gaming hardware, there’s little reason for Rockstar to devote resources to remastering it. It’s possible, but it doesn’t seem likely.
5. Is the game teased in Watch Dogs 2 called Pioneer?
A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the possibility that Ubisoft was teasing its next major franchise within the game Watch Dogs 2. According to some intrepid reporting by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, that’s exactly what the company was doing. The game is real, and it’s currently called Pioneer.
Development is hitting some snags (as often happens to games), so it’s possible Pioneer might not even come out. So exercise caution before getting too excited about a space exploration game from Ubisoft.
6. Is Ubisoft making a Mario RPG?
Speaking of Ubisoft, Let’s Play Video Games has the scoop on a new Mario game that’s apparently not being made by Nintendo. According to this rumor, Ubisoft is developing a turn-based role-playing game that will feature Nintendo’s Mario characters as well as Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbids.
Separate sources at Ubisoft and Nintendo have confirmed to the site that the game is in development, but a final title hasn’t been decided yet. Internally, it’s being referred to as Mario RPG: Invasion of the Rabbids. It will reportedly feature a new Rabbid version of Bowser, who will function as the game’s primary villain.