While video game releases have been slow this season, video game rumors are making up for the deficit. All kinds of exciting details about upcoming games have seeped through the cracks over the past week, and we’ve collected seven of the best ones right here.
So whether you’re interested in Castlevania, Fallout 4, Gears of War, or any number of other games, do yourself a favor and keep on reading. Not all of the rumors and leaks may pan out, but most of the items this week come on good authority. Read on for the details.
1. Is IGA teasing a new Castlevania-like game?
Koji Igarashi, “IGA” for short, is one of the top creative people responsible for the Castlevania series, with masterpieces like Symphony of the Night under his belt. IGA left Konami last year, squelching many fans’ hopes that he would make another game in that beloved style.
It looks like fans can put those worries aside, as IGA has created a website called SwordOrWhip.com that seems to be teasing just such a game. On the site, a pixelated IGA sits on a throne, idly swirling a glass of wine in his hand, while a text box asks you to click on an icon of a sword or a whip.
The implication is that a new Castlevania-style game is in the works, and it’s up to fans to determine whether the primary weapon is a sword or a whip (Castlevania games have gone back and forth over the years). Many have speculated that this is site has launched in preparation of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign that will get the project off the ground.
If true, it wouldn’t be the first time a famous developer has left a big company to fashion an indie game that’s similar to the titles that made them famous. The maker of Mega Man did something similar with the upcoming game Mighty No. 9, as did the Banjo Kazooie team with the just-funded game Yooka-Laylee.
UPDATE: Rumor no more. There is now a Kickstarter campaign for the project that you can check out and support if you’re interested.
2. Lots of Lego Dimensions sets leaked
Lego announced recently that it would release a series of video game-integrated toys, much like Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo Amiibos. What we didn’t know was what kinds of toys would be in the lineup — until now.
This leak comes from Lego itself, believe it or not. According to documents posted by the block-building company (and spotted by Brickset), the Lego Dimensions toy series will include team packs featuring Doctor Who, Portal 2, Jurassic World, Scooby Doo, and The Simpsons.
That’s a lot of great franchises for Lego to have locked down prior to launch. But it’s a smart move, considering how crowded the market for such toys has become. Looks like Nintendo, Disney, and Activision are in for some spirited competition when Lego Dimensions launches later this year.
3. Is Bethesda planning a Fallout 4 reveal at E3?
Ever since Bethesda announced it would host its first major press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, speculation has run rampant about why the developer/publisher would choose to put on such a pricy show now. The obvious reason is because it has something big to announce.
And what could be bigger than Fallout 4? It’s a game Bethesda is likely to be working on, and it’s also an important enough title to headline a conference of that magnitude.
Well, the German site PC Games reports that it heard from an inside source that Bethesda will indeed announce Fallout 4 at the conference, and that it will show the game to the press with a 30-minute behind-closed-doors gameplay video. Whether this report is reliable is unclear, but a Fallout 4 announcement seems very likely at this point.
4. New info about a Gears of War remaster
It appears that Brazil’s video game rating board has unearthed some new details about the not-yet-announced Xbox One remaster of the original Gears of War game. According to Gematsu, the game is in development at Splash Damage Studios and will be called Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.
With this news, it’s looking ever less likely that we’ll get remastered versions of the full Gears trilogy — at least, not all at once. The rest of the Gears games could be remastered later, but it seems that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has spoiled us all.
5. Is Dishonored: Definitive Edition in the works?
A new Gears of War remaster wasn’t the only game spotted on the Brazilian games rating board site this week. An apparent remaster called Dishonored: Definitive Edition has also made an appearance. The game is set for a 2015 release.
This make sense, too, as Bethesda is thought to be making a sequel to the game for new consoles. The original 2012 game was excellent, so a remastered version could whet players’ appetites until the sequel launches, whenever that may be.
6. Will Xbox One get DVR functionality?
During Microsoft’s initial pitch, the company put a big spotlight on the Xbox One’s media capabilities. Since then, the media messaging has been dialed back to focus on games instead — but that doesn’t mean Microsoft has left media behind.
Microsoft has announced it will abandon Windows Media Center on PCs once Windows 10 comes out. In its place, says tech reporter Paul Thurrott, will be new features added to Xbox One — specifically, DVR functionality.
Many people who used Windows Media Center had PCs set up in their entertainment stand to record and play back TV shows and movies. If the sources Thurrott spoke to are correct, Microsoft may update the Xbox One as early as this year to give it DVR functionality.
7. Will Microsoft release a 1TB Xbox One?
This week, the Spanish retailer LameeSoftware posted a listing for an version of Xbox One that comes with a 1 terabyte hard drive. The listing has since been removed, but not before Video Gamer got a screenshot.
Currently, all Xbox Ones come with 500GB hard drives. Those fill up fast, especially if you download digital games, which can ring in at upwards of 50GB each. If you need more space, the only recourse current Xbox One owners have is to plug in an external hard drive.
Microsoft adding more built-in hard drive space is a no-brainer. And it will become even more necessary if the aforementioned TV DVR rumor turns out to be true.