The video game industry might be going through its traditional slower period as the year revs into gear, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out all kinds of exciting possibilities. This week we have five rumors and potential leaks, several of which point to some pretty cool stuff for upcoming games, including Star Wars: Battlefield, Mortal Kombat X, and more. Read on for details.
1. Is all of this leaked Star Wars: Battlefront info true?
The third game in the Battlefront series, known simply as Star Wars: Battlefront, is heading to current-generation consoles and PCs toward the end of the year. In general, Battlefront games drop you into famous battles from the Star Wars universe and let you shoot at bad guys (or good guys, depending on which side you’re playing).
So far, all we’ve really heard about the upcoming game from developer DICE is included in this mostly behind-the-scenes trailer. Now, the site Making Star Wars has posted a litany of new rumors, although it doesn’t give any hint as to where the rumors/leaks might have come from. Notable among them are that the game could feature online battles with up to 64 players, and that the last section of the game covers the beginning of the upcoming J.J. Abrams sequel, The Force Awakens. You can read the full list here.
2. Is a new Rock Band coming to Xbox One and PS4?
For a few weeks now, we’ve had our suspicions that Rock Band might be coming back for an encore. The first hint came when developer Harmonix released new downloadable songs for the series after a two-year hiatus. Next, the company posted a survey asking fans what they would want in a new installment of the game.
Now these suspicions have been confirmed by “a person familiar with the plan,” according to Bloomberg Business, who says the developer is planning a new installment of the game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. No further information has come to light, but it seems like a safe bet, based on all the hints we’ve seen lately.
3. Will Sony’s Project Morpheus launch this year?
It’s been nearly a year since Sony first announced it was working on a virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4 called Project Morpheus. We haven’t heard much about it in the meantime, leaving many to wonder just when and if the product might make it to store shelves.
Sony still hasn’t said when the headset will launch, but the company did announce it will host a nearly four-hour event dedicated to Project Morpheus at the Game Developers Conference on March 3. No word yet about what will be shown during the event, but Sony promises hands-on time for attendees and more information about its plans for the device.
4. Will Mortal Kombat X get Predator or Spawn DLC?
Mortal Kombat X, which launches April 14, is one of the most anticipated games coming in the first half of 2015. It takes place 25 years after its predecessor, so its roster is made up of older versions of characters fans know, plus a handful of newcomers. According to some early rumblings, players might be able to access Spawn and Predator as downloadable content.
An unnamed source has informed Video Gamer that Predator, the violent, green-blooded alien from the ‘80s, will become available in a DLC pack to be released in June. The pack will also include Colonel Al Dillon, the character played by Carl Weathers in the 1987 film.
As for the other rumor, it comes straight from Spawn creator Todd McFarland himself. In an interview with GamerFitNation, he said he’s made a deal with developer NetherRealm Studios to allow the company to use Spawn in its games. Whether it will happen or not remains to be seen, but Mortal Kombat X seems like a perfect fit for the gritty comic character from the ‘90s.
5. Will the Xbox One get Windows 10 apps this year?
All right, who wants to compose Word documents on an Xbox One? It has been a few weeks since Microsoft announced that Windows 10 apps will be able to work across current Microsoft platforms, including the Xbox One. The problem was, the company hadn’t detailed how, exactly, that would work. Thanks to an anonymous source speaking with The Verge, we now have an idea (assuming it’s true).
The key piece of information is that Microsoft will offer a way for developers to turn regular Xbox One consoles into developer kits, which are usually expensive and difficult to obtain. Apparently, Microsoft will begin allowing developers to submit and publish apps on Xbox One starting in November. The source says Microsoft will announce more details during its Build conference in April.