It’s time once again for a roundup of all the video game leaks and rumors that have hit the web in the past week. All kinds of exciting details of upcoming games and hardware have seeped through the cracks — and we’ve collected them all right here. So whether you’re interested in Nintendo’s next system, an Uncharted trilogy remaster, or a new Darksiders, do yourself a favor and keep on reading. Not all of these rumors may pan out, but most of the items this week come on good authority. Read on for the details.
Will Nintendo’s NX run Android?
Without solid details about a big upcoming product, it seems, people will latch onto anything they can get. Nintendo has said its next gaming device is in the works under the codename NX. The company also says it won’t give more details about the NX until 2016.
The big news here is that the Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports the NX will run on Google Android software. The original article is in Japanese so it’s tough to parse how reliable the source is, but it’s worth considering.
In some ways this would make sense, as Nintendo has also announced that it will begin dabbling in mobile games for smartphones and tablets. If its next device runs on Android, it could presumably run those games as well.
Another reason this would be a good move on Nintendo’s part is that Android is home to thousands of games already, games that could also potentially run on the NX. This would help solve Nintendo’s recent issues with third-party game developers, who have been abandoning the Wii U en masse of late. For any platform to be successful, it needs third-party developer support.
Very little is known about the NX so far, but many have speculated that the device may be a hybrid between a console and a handheld. This would consolidate Nintendo’s struggling console business with its fairly successful handheld businesses in hopes of creating something more popular than either alone. However, take all of this information with a large grain of salt, because Nintendo plans to keep its lips sealed until next year.
More hints at an ‘Uncharted’ trilogy remaster
With Uncharted 4’s release delayed to early 2016, fans could probably use something to help alleviate the pain of waiting for another of Nathan Drake’s adventures. And with all the remastered editions of last-generation games hitting the new consoles lately, it would be no surprise if Sony and Naughty Dog released a souped-up Uncharted trilogy on PlayStation 4 to help build momentum for the upcoming sequel.
That’s exactly what’s going to happen, according to the Dutch site InsideGamer. The leak comes from video game insider Tamaki, who apparently has a decent track record of reporting unannounced games. The move wouldn’t be a surprise, especially with Sony announcing that God of War III Remastered is coming to PS4 in July. I’d wouldn’t be surprised to see Sony announce get a remastered Uncharted trilogy this month at Sony’s E3 press conference.
Amazon outs remastered Darksiders 2 title and cover art
It seems like every week another retailer accidentally releases information about an upcoming game. This week it’s the remastered edition of Darksiders II, an action adventure game starring the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse that’s stuffed full of combat, platforming challenges, and puzzles in a mostly pleasing way.
Last week Amazon accidentally listed the game with its title and cover art. The cover art, shown above, has since been removed from the site, but the title remains Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition. Yep, “deathinitive.”
THQ, the makers of the original game, went out of business shortly after its release, but Nordic Games acquired the rights and plans to continue the series. This remaster is the first step down that road.
Is this the new Xbox One controller?
Microsoft announced last week that it would release a new Xbox One controller with a built-in headphone port. Thanks to another retailer leak from Libro (the page has been removed), we now know what at least one version of the new controller may look like — and it looks pretty cool.
Why would Microsoft release a new controller? Because using a headset with the current one is a pain. You have to snap on a bulky adapter that has built-in mute and volume controls and costs an extra $25.
The new port seems to be the only functional change to the controller. It retains the shape and button placement of the original controller, but with a “covert forces” camouflage color scheme.
Need for Speed release date and details leaked
For this leak, Microsoft has no one to blame but itself. A listing for the upcoming Need for Speed game briefly appeared on Xbox.com, revealing its release date (November 3) and unannounced details about the game. According to the listing, the game will include five modes, overlapping stories, and a West Coast Urban setting. Vroom vroom.