With the biggest video game conference in the world going on this week, the rumor mill has been churning at breakneck speeds of late. We’ve been keeping an ear to the ground, and have collected the three biggest rumors we’ve come across below.
Since so much news is flying around this week, it’s possible that some of them could have been confirmed or denied by the time you read this. But that’s the risk you run when you talk about rumors during E3 week.
With that out of the way, it’s game time. There’s no looking back. Here are the hottest rumors and leaks to hit the web this week.
Is The Last Guardian nearing completion?
In case you haven’t been following this story over the past, oh, six years, you may not know the story behind The Last Guardian. It’s a game that’s been in development since 2007. It was officially unveiled at E3 way back in 2009, and that was the last we’ve seen of it. Which might not be a big deal, except that it was being made by the incredibly talented developer Team Ico, the makers of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
Each year since 2009 fans have hoped for a new look at The Last Guardian, and each year their hopes have been dashed across the jagged rocks of disappointment. That may change this year.
On episode 427 of the PS Nation podcast, noted game developer Stewart Gilray said, “I did hear a funny story about Last Guardian. It’s a certain somebody’s software team [is working on it], and that certain somebody is the guy who helped out with the architecture of the Vita and PS4. I’m led to believe that he’s — his team — is now running Last Guardian to finish.”
The man whose name Gilray skirted, Polygon says, is Mark Cerny, the lead system architect of Sony’s systems.
In a separate instance, The Guardian reported that it “has it on good authority” that we can expect to see The Last Guardian at this year’s E3.
Is this a case of “where there’s smoke there’s fire”? Could be! The best part is that we won’t have to wait long to find out; Sony’s E3 press conference begins Monday, June 15 at 9 p.m. eastern time. If The Last Guardian is nearing completion, that’s when we’ll hear about it.
Has Destiny’s next expansion leaked?
Thanks to some leaked marketing materials, Kotaku reports that Destiny’s next expansion will be called “The Taken King.” It will launch on September 15 and will cost $40. One of its marquee features is that it will open up a new subclass for each of the game’s three existing classes.
Along with the new subclasses come new elemental super abilities. Here’s what Kotaku says to expect:
[A]n electrical storm for Warlocks (arc); a gravity bow for Hunters (void); and a flaming hammer for Titans (solar). Hardcore Destiny players will notice that each of these abilities revolves around the element each respective class lacks today.
And unlike the last expansion, “House of Wolves,” “The Taken King” will also come with a high-level raid. This one will have players go up against a group of enemies called The Taken, who are led by Oryx, the father of a character players killed in a previous raid.
Will Metal Gear Solid 5 have micro-transactions?
According to the Italian PlayStation Store pre-order page for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the game will include micro-transactions.
The verbiage is in Italian, but according to IGN:
The line “Acquisti in-game opzionali,” which roughly translates to “optional in-game purchases,” confirms suspicions first raised by a few recent previews of The Phantom Pain.
Micro-transactions in AAA games is nothing new, but it’s something many gamers find annoying since most games $60 out of the gate, and that seems like plenty to spend on a game. As long as you can get the full gaming experience without buying any in-game extras, however, gamers probably won’t be too upset.