6 New Video Game Rumors: ‘Burnout,’ Bioshock,’ and More
Each week brings a brand new batch of video game rumors to get you riled up over what may come to pass on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. This week we’ve collected information about a number of big franchises, including Call of Duty, Tony Hawk, Uncharted, and a whole lot more. Read on for all the video game leaks and rumors that are fit to print.
1. Is the next Tony Hawk game called Tony Hawk 5?
Retailers often slip up and list upcoming games before they’re announced, but sometimes leaks come from the unlikeliest of places. In the case of the next Tony Hawk game, this leak came from a caterer’s Instagram account.
We knew a new Tony Hawk game was in the works, but we didn’t know anything about it. Apparently, Activision held some kind of an event that featured the upcoming game recently. The event’s caterer was so pumped to be working for Tony Hawk that he posted a picture of the event. The picture shows a group of dinner tables set on a half pipe, with a projection screen in the background. On the screen is the title Tony Hawk 5.
Whoops. The caterer took the image down, but not before it had been immortalized elsewhere on the Internet.
In response, Activision issued a statement saying that Tony Hawk 5 was a working title, which effectively confirms the leak. But even if that doesn’t end up being the game’s name, the fact that Activision is considering that title indicates that the upcoming game may be a “back to basics” take on the series. That would be a good thing, because years ago, the much-beloved series began expanding in increasingly ill-considered directions that culminated in the awful game Tony Hawk: Ride.
If Tony Hawk 5 (or whatever it ends up being called) is more like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, we’ll be in good shape.
2. What’s next for Bioshock’s Ken Levine?
The visionary game designer Ken Levine is working on a new game with his unnamed development studio, but we don’t know very much about it. He’s been leaving breadcrumbs of information in recent months, including that the upcoming game will be set in a sci-fi world, run on the Unreal Engine 4, and that it will definitely be coming to PC. Follow Levine on Twitter if you want to pick up the breadcrumbs in real time.
3. Is an Uncharted remastered trilogy on the way?
It is if you believe Swiss retailer CeDe, whose website briefly listed a game called Uncharted: The Remastered Trilogy, set for a September 30 release date. The page has been removed from the site, but you can see the screenshot above.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see this collection launch this holiday season to tide fans over until 2016’s Uncharted 4, but the game’s box art on the listing is reportedly fan-made. To put it mildly, it would be exceedingly unlikely for developer Naughty Dog to use fan-made box art, or for CeDe to use that image as a placeholder. So take news of this collection with a grain of salt.
4. Did Amazon save Crytek?
We’ve known for several weeks that Crytek, the maker of Ryse: Son of Rome and the Crysis series, was in dire financial straits before a mystery company swooped in to save it. According to sources speaking on the condition of anonymity to Kotaku, that mystery firm is Amazon. Apparently Amazon struck a licensing deal with Crytek to use its powerful CryEngine for Amazon’s upcoming games.
Amazon has been dipping its toe in the world of video games of late but hasn’t made a big splash yet. With the CryEngine in its arsenal, that could be about to change.
5. Is Call of Duty coming to Wii U?
For several console generations now, Nintendo has lagged behind in terms of hardware power versus Microsoft and Sony. That means developers can’t release “straight ports” of their games on Nintendo systems, because Nintendo systems can’t run them.
As a result, Activision skipped a Wii U release for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the latest game in the series. It looks like Wii U owners may be able to get their Call of Duty on again this year. A NeoGAF user has noticed that Activision added an option for players to link their Nintendo account to its Call of Duty page. Does that mean this year’s Black Ops 3 will be coming to Wii U? We’ll have to wait and see.
6. Is a new Burnout-style game in the works?
For our money, Burnout 3: Takedown is one of the best racing games of all time. With its incredible sense of speed and its focus on knocking your opponents off the road, it offered a little something for every kind of racing fan. So it’s a shame that the series petered out after 2008’s excellent Burnout Paradise.
Fans of the series may be in for a treat, according to Alex Ward, a co-founder of Criterion Games, the company responsible for the series. Ward has left Criterion and started a new development team called Three Fields Entertainment. He took to Twitter recently to express appreciation that people love the Burnout series. He said, “The best things come to those who wait,” and “I think @3FieldsEnt will begin work on a racing title soon…”
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