It’s been a busy week in the world of video game rumors, as tons of unverified information has leaked about some high-profile games. We have possible details on Mass Effect 4, Super Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat X, and Star Wars. Plus, members of a video game forum have posited one of the most insane connect-the-dots theories ever conceived about Metal Gear Solid; it’s so bizarre we just had to throw it in. Read on for the details.
1. Does this crackpot Metal Gear Solid theory hold water?
Before we dive down this particular rabbit hole, it must be said that Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is famous for his pranks and viral marketing attempts. It wouldn’t be surprising if he did something big and unusual to promote the upcoming game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which launches September 1.
But even for Kojima, this one’s a doozy. Members of NeoGAF have noticed that a doctor character in the upcoming game looks very similar to a real-life doctor who’s planning to perform the world’s first human head transplant. This led forum-goers to dig deeper to see if this is merely a coincidence.
They found some interesting (if reaching) connections between the head transplant doctor and the Metal Gear Solid universe. For one, the top candidate for the real-life procedure is, or at least shares a name with, a CG artist and game development supervisor. For another, the real doctor has a book with chapter titles that include “Heaven” and “Gemini,” two words that also appear in the Metal Gear games. Gemini is particularly interesting, as the gemini in Metal Gear Revengeance are two bodyguards with cybernetic heads — one of whom gets decapitated. It gets stranger from there.
Is Kojima crazy enough to stage something so elaborate just for a marketing campaign? Almost certainly not, but if you read through the NeoGAF post, you can follow along as gamers pick up the breadcrumbs.
2. Have Mass Effect 4 details leaked?
If this leak turns out to be real, we’re looking at a cornucopia of details about Mass Effect 4. Prior to this, Electronic Arts has said the game was in the works but offered little concrete information other than that it will not star Commander Shepherd, the hero of the previous three installments.
A Redditor claims to have taken a survey about Mass Effect 4 that revealed an incredible amount of information about the upcoming game. According to the post, Mass Effect 4 will center around a “Pathfinder” character who explores vast swaths of outer space in search habitable planets for humanity to colonize. Along the way, you’ll encounter outlaws, warring alien races, and lots of “ancient technology” left by mysterious creatures known as the Remnants.
The game will apparently be four times as large as Mass Effect 3, and you’ll be able to start up new colonies on planets across the galaxy.
Keep in mind that none of this may be true. There’s very no concrete evidence here, but the story is not obviously false. Also, a similar situation that leaked loads of details about Dragon Age: Inquisition prior to its unveiling turned out to be true.
3. Is Street Fighter’s Ryu coming to Super Smash Bros.?
Nintendo said that it will continue introducing new characters to Super Smash Bros. through DLC. The company has even created a website that lets fans vote for their favorite video game character. Nintendo says it will “consider” adding the winning characters to the game’s lineup of fighters.
While digging through the code of the latest update for the game, The Cutting Room Floor seems to have stumbled upon a hint that Street Fighter’s Ryu will soon be making his debut in the game. The evidence is a sound file that contains music from Ryu’s stage in Street Fighter II. Also included is the music that’s played at the end of each match in Street Fighter II.
While the whole thing is still very much in the rumor stage, the sleuths say the update also includes audio files related to Fire Emblem’s Lucas, whom Nintendo has already confirmed will be added to the game soon.
Adding Ryu would make a lot of sense. He’s the most popular Street Fighter character, so he would be the obvious choice if Nintendo decides to pick someone from that series. And Capcom would presumably be on board with the decision, seeing as the company has already allowed Mega Man into the game.
If you’re interested in seeing your favorite video game character enter the fray, be sure to cast your vote in Nintendo’s online poll.
4. Are Star Wars figures coming to Disney Infinity?
According to several sources who spoke with Polygon, Disney is gearing up to release a line of Star Wars figurines to go with its Disney Infinity games. Presumably the figures would release along with a new installment of the game series.
Last year, a line of Marvel superhero figures launched alongside Disney Infinity 2.0. No announcement has been made for Disney 3.0 yet, but if the rumor is true, you can probably expect to see both the game and the Star Wars figurines by the end of the year.
5. Can you play as the unplayable characters in Mortal Kombat X?
One of the strange things about Mortal Kombat X is that a number of the characters you fight against in the single-player campaign never appear outside of the campaign — including Baraka and Rain — which means you can’t play as them.
At least one player of the PC version of the game has apparently found a workaround to this restriction. It’s a semi-complicated process that involves renaming certain files in the game’s directory, but if the above video is to be believed, it appears to work. Redditor XVermillion explains how to do it here:
There are other files you can change to get stuff like Rain’s name under the health Bar but the only files I modded are in the “Assets” folder I believe; there should be 2 associated with Rain (RainA.xxx and another one I can’t remember but you can just search the folder for Rain)
Anyway, I backed up the files for Shinnok (the character I’m replacing) and renamed Rain’s files to match those associated with Shinnok’s 1st costume slot (CHARShinnokA.xxx and one other, the one that matches Rain’s other one) and moved ‘em to the folder and overwrote Shinnok’s old files with the newly renamed Rain files.
What you see is just me playing in training mode with what the game thinks is Shinnok but is using Rain’s model and moveset.