It’s been another week full of video game rumors and possible leaks. This week we’ve collected classified (if true) information about a number of big franchises, including Call of Duty, Batman Arkham, Guitar Hero, and more. Read on for all the leaks and potential information the video game industry isn’t ready to release.
1. Will this year’s Call of Duty be Black Ops 3?
Like clockwork, a new Call of Duty game comes out each year, bringing intense gunfights into family rooms around the world. This year’s installment is being developed by Treyarch, the studio behind World at War and Black Ops. Apparently Treyarch’s Twitter account briefly posted this tweet before deleting it: “Hint for 6 sec next game will start with B and O.”
If we’re trying to tie “B and O” to Treyarch, it’s likely the tweet refers to Black Ops. NeoGAF user Turkoop grabbed a screenshot of the tweet, which you can view here. The Black Ops games have been very popular, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that a third one is heading our way. If true, I just wonder if players will miss the sci-fi booster suits that made characters in last year’s Advance Wars more mobile.
2. Are the Batman Arkham games being remastered?
There’s little doubt we’re in some kind of golden age for remastered games, whether we like it or not. Some argue that the time developers spend on remastering older games would be better spent on creating new titles. But there must be a market for remasters, because they keep coming out.
A new rumor out of IGN Italy claims that Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City will be remastered for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by the end of the year. This wouldn’t be a surprise, as the (supposedly) final piece of the trilogy, Batman Arkham Knight, is set to launch this June. Having Rocksteady’s entire trilogy available on one system makes sense, but apparently Batman Arkham Origins, an offshoot of the series developed by a different company, will not be included in the remaster.
3. Will a new Guitar Hero be revealed in April?
We’ve been beating the drum that music games are set for a comeback for months on this rumor report, and here comes another hint. A substantial claim out of Gamereactor UK says Activision plans to announce a new Guitar Hero game in April. If true, the game would presumably be launched to compete with the Rock Band 4, which is set to release later this year.
On the other hand, the invitation Gamereactor UK was reporting on stated the event was set for April 1, a date notorious for fake gaming news (thanks to April Fools). A previous rumor suggested Activision would reveal the next Guitar Hero in June this year at E3. Who knows when the announcement will come, but when there’s this much smoke, there’s probably a fire somewhere.
4. Is the non-XL version of the New 3DS coming to the U.S.?
In Japan and Australia, Nintendo released two versions of the New Nintendo 3DS: a standard-size version and a larger XL version. Both are better than the previous version of the systems, thanks to faster processors, extra buttons, and better 3-D capabilities. You can read more about them here.
But that was in Japan and Australia. In the U.S., Nintendo only released the larger XL version, making fans wonder why they didn’t have a choice of sizes as players do in other countries.
NeoGAF user HUELEN10 posted an apparent FCC listing for the standard-size New 3DS. The listing doesn’t seem to exist now, but you can see screenshots on NeoGAF. Does this mean the U.S. is getting the standard-size New 3DS? Here’s hoping.
5. Will Netflix really make that Zelda series?
Just last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Netflix was in the early stages of creating a TV show based on the popular Nintendo franchise The Legend of Zelda. When questioned about the series in a new interview with Time, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said, “As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.”
What information, exactly, was not correct? It’s too early to tell, but it seems like someone may have gotten his or her wires crossed in the leaking or reporting of the story.