The time has come for another roundup of all the video game leaks and rumors that have hit the web in the past week. A number of exciting details of upcoming games have seeped through the cracks — and we’ve collected them all right here. So whether you’re interested in Red Dead Redemption, God of War, or any number of other games, 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.
1. Is Red Dead Redemption 2 in the works?
Rockstar San Diego played a large part in making 2010’s Red Dead Redemption, an open-world masterpiece that proved to be more than just Grand Theft Auto in the Wild West. The developer then went on to work on other notable Rockstar games, like L.A. Noir, Max Payne, and Grand Theft Auto V. Now that work on GTA V seems to be winding down, it looks like Rockstar San Diego is ready to move on to its next big thing.
What could that be, exactly? The studio recently posted a number of job openings that offer some hints. One is for a graphics programmer “to help breathe life, realism and fun into our next-generation games.” Another says that a network programmer will work on “open-world game elements,” and another is looking for someone to help create ”densely populated worlds” and bring the “best combination of realism and responsiveness.”
What the game in question has yet to be announced, but we do know fans have been calling for new installments of Bully and Red Dead Redemption for quite some time. Of those two, Red Dead seems the likeliest candidate for a new installment, seeing as the original game sold around 13 million copies, and the CEO of publisher Take-Two Interactive said last year, “It seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise.”
It’s still possible that Rockstar is starting an entirely new franchise. However, seeing as Red Dead Redemption has a proven track record, a sequel would be a safer bet.
2. What is 2K Games’s upcoming announcement?
A wise man once said, “Look to financial reports for hints of upcoming games.” OK, maybe no one said that, but those words are wise nevertheless. Take-Two Interactive, which owns 2K Games, revealed in a financial report this week that 2K would soon announce a triple-A game that will launch by March of 2016.
What could the game be? It’s hard to speculate at this point, seeing as a wide array of franchises exist under its umbrella. Whatever it is, you can expect to hear news about it at or before E3, which starts June 14.
3. Canceled Doom 4 footage leaked
Doom 4 was in the works for quite some time before being scrapped and remade from the ground up in its current incarnation. What that original Doom 4 looked like before being canceled was anyone’s guess — until now.
Footage of the game has leaked onto the web through murky sources. The videos keep being taken down, but if the one above doesn’t work, you can check out screenshots here.
4. Is PS4 getting a God of War 3 Remastered bundle?
It looks like Europe is getting a PlayStation 4 bundle that includes the upcoming game God of War 3 Remastered. That’s according to a listing on Amazon France, which lists a package that contains a PS4 console, a controller, and the game, all for 430 Euros.
Assuming this is an actual product, does this mean the U.S. will get the bundle too? We’ll have to wait and see.
5. Are PS4 and Vita getting a price drop?
People at Wholesome Gamer noticed something interesting at PlayStation’s official retail loyalty site. According to the fine print of a contest, the PS4 was listed as being valued at $349, and the PS Vita at $89. Normally, the PS4 sells for $400 and the Vita for $200. Does this legalese indicate that price drops are heading our way?
Unfortunately, this one’s doubtful. While the Vita’s negligible sales make it a good candidate for a price drop, the PS4 is another story altogether. The PS4 is selling like crazy, which means there’s no reason to drop the price yet. As soon as things slow down, sure, Sony is likely to drop the price to increase sales. That’s what Microsoft did by cutting the Xbox to $350 in November. But with Sony enjoying such a comfortable lead so far, there’s simply no reason for a PS4 price cut. Sorry, frugal gamers.