Pre-E3 2018: Rumor Roundup – the good, the bad, and the ugly

With E3 2018 just 8 days away, a whirlwind of rumors and leaks have surrounded the upcoming ‘super bowl’ of video games. As we come closer to the real thing, many gamers enjoy to find out what might be at the event before it happens. This can be a recipe for let-down, but as long as you don’t take these rumors and leaks too seriously, it could be fun for some people. In any event, we tried to discuss how likely each of these rumors are.

This year some leaks have led to instant confirmations by game companies who probably don’t want their fans to suffer waiting. There were still a lot of fake ones being created by fans who just wish to have their ideas come true. Perhaps some of the people who make fake rumors just want their ideas to get out there so that game companies might make them a reality next time around. Or perhaps some of them knew some real information that got delayed or changed last minute by executive decisions. Without further ado, here are the E3 2018 rumors!

STARFIELD

With Bethesda recently announcing Fallout 76 and rumors still swirling that they’ll be remastering Fallout 3 for the Nintendo Switch, another project is said to be on the horizon as well. Fallout 76 as you may have heard, will likely focus on online, open world survival elements that take the RPG development house in a new direction. Furthermore, leaks from retail described later on in this article seem to indicate that the game could come out rather quickly after its reveal. This would make sense as some multiplayer games take far less resources and time to develop, plus we don’t know how long Bethesda Game Studios has actually been working on this project.

A trademark has been actively engaged and expanded upon by Bethesda Game Studios called Starfield. The project as described by its copyright filings is a sci-fi role playing game with a lot in common with titles like Fallout or The Elder Scrolls. Last year a number of strange stars were spotted in the background of Bethesda’s E3 showcase. Many were extremely disappointed that the game wasn’t shown. The Elder Scrolls VI was said by Bethesda to be such an ambitious project that it has to be put on hold until better technology exists and more time can be spent fleshing out its evolved concepts for the evolution of the series. Fallout 76 is coming, but likely just a spin-off sized project for the likes of Bethesda Game Studios, who are used to developing much larger ideas.

Even if Starfield is still a couple of years away from being finished, gamers have spoken and they want to see it. Bethesda Game Studios is rumored to be saving it for a very brief mention which will announce but not do much to reveal the game. At the very least, we may find out that it exists, at most we might be told a little about what it’s going to be like and that it’ll be a pretty long wait until we hear substantial details.

HORIZON ZERO DAWN SEQUEL

dd. Others still are expecting Guerrilla Games to save such a sequel for the next generation and instead bring out another Killzone game. The shooter series was put to rest temporarily so that the GG studio could spread their wings and try something new. Horizon Zero Dawn was the open world, role playing game that resulted from that experiment and it has pleased the gaming world. In any event, we just might be lucky enough to find out what GG is working on next, even though Sony has said that they will just be focusing on a few games this year with their deep dive strategy.

SHADOWS DIE TWICE: BLOODBORNE 2 OR TENCHU: STEALTH ASSASSINS?

There’s some heavy debate online as to what From Software’s next project will be. They revealed a very intriguing teaser last year which showed some gruesome yet mysterious scenes followed by the tag-line Shadows Die Twice. Though many have speculated that this could mean a practical sequel to the hit souls-like title Bloodborne, it’s also been argued that the catchphrase indicates the revival of the ninja-based Tenchu stealth action series. Perhaps we will find out once and for all at this year’s E3.

GOD OF WAR DLC

It has been rumored that the heavily praised reboot of the God of War franchise will be receiving some sort of announcement for a continuation of its story through a downloadable content add-on. The next chapter in the game’s story could be told through an expansion that would be made available to download over PlayStation Network.

There aren’t any details yet on what that DLC would be like, but some believe that the game doesn’t have room for such an expansion. God of War’s Game Director Cory Barlog has stated before the game’s release that there were no plans for expansion-based content and his preference was to complete a game’s ideas in one package at its initial release. That being said, if a God of War DLC does get announced, it probably won’t be ready to play anytime soon.

THE NINTENDO PAPERS

Nintendo recently announced an 8th gen Pokémon game was in development for 2019 release and they put out Pokémon Quest as well as an announcement for Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee (coming this year). They have said that their showcase will only include games that are releasing this year, but there’s a chance they could still show future projects off to press as well. Nintendo will be holding a press conference as usual plus a Splatoon 2 championship tournament.

Every year somebody comes up with a piece of paper that they claim is printed off instructions on what Nintendo will secretly have at their E3 showing. This year was no different. We actually got two of these ‘Internal Use Only’ papers. They’re probably fake, and just really good guesses by fans as to what surprises Nintendo might have coming up. Take these readings with a grain of salt, as they have been right as often as they’ve been wrong.

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch (Trailer, Software Demo, Tournament)
  • Punch-Out! Become the Champion (Trailer, Software Demo)
  • Metroid Prime: Renegade (Trailer, Gameplay Footage)
  • Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion (Trailer, Software Demo)
  • Fire Emblem Memories (Trailer, Gameplay Footage)
  • Fallout 3 Anniversary for Nintendo Switch (Trailer, Gameplay Footage)
  • Yoshi’s Flipping Island (Trailer, Software Demo)
  • Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee (Trailer)
  • F-Zero SX (Teaser Trailer)
  • Fortnite for Nintendo Switch (Trailer, Gameplay Footage)
  • Star Fox Lylat System (Trailer, Gameplay Footage)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening 3D (Trailer, Gameplay Reveal, First Hour Shown to Press)
  • Luigi’s Mansion for Nintendo Switch (Trailer, Gameplay Reveal, First Hour Shown to Press, First Quarter of New Boss Rush Mode Shown)

GHOST !UH9bl/x392

If you dig even further, the waters begin to muddy as rumors can be found on forums and message boards all over the net. Unverifiable, and likely fan hopes and wishes rather than actual leaks, most of these are not worth your time. A previous rumor agent called Ghost !UH9bl/x392 who had successfully revealed information ahead of last year’s game events is potentially being impersonated this year. If it is indeed the same person though, this could be vital information.

However, Ghost’s leaks conflict with Nintendo’s announced plans for this year’s E3. The game company stated that they’d only be showing off games that release in 2018 at E3. That being said, Ghost was one of the setup crew for previous events and claims to be installing Nintendo’s E3 press hardware this year.

The impostor of Ghost claims that Metroid Prime 4, two versions of the 2019 (8th generation) Pokémon game, Bayonetta 3, Pikmin 4, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD, Super Mario Maker 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Wario Ware, a new Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, Yoshi, Mario Party 11, and a New IP in the horror genre will all be playable by press even if not necessarily publicly announced yet. The list seems too good to be true, a usual indicator that it’s just fan fiction. Ghost also claims that all of these are Switch games and that there are no 3DS press showings this year.

RETAIL LISTING LEAKS

Gamestop, Amazon, Best Buy, and most of all Walmart have all been guilty this year of accidentally blowing surprises before the big event. While RAGE 2 was posted on Walmart early alongside a number of other titles, Bethesda scrambled to prepare a confirmation and revealed that the game does exist and will be shown at E3 2018. Some of their less extreme scenarios involve retailers simply putting up release dates for games without realizing that the company behind the title hasn’t let the public know when it will come out yet. These are sometimes actually just placeholder dates or outdated information though, so no one for sure if they are the real release dates.

  • The Last of Us Part II – Leaked by retailers to be releasing in September 2018. This makes sense with Days Gone being delayed until 2019, but we will find out for sure at E3.
  • Splinter Cell – Leaked by retailers to exist, could be announced at this year’s E3 by Ubisoft. When Konami took over Metal Gear Solid and Kojima Productions was forced out, Sam Fisher’s scene paying homage to Solid Snake and saying he’s “the last one” left in the stealth action genre went viral. This could’ve been the foreshadowing that another Splinter Cell is coming.
  • Just Cause 4 – Leaked by Walmart to exist, still not confirmed yet by Square Enix and Eidos Interactive.
  • Borderlands 3 – Leaked to be at this year’s E3 by Walmart, confirmed to exist but not confirmed if it’s ready to be shown yet by Gearbox Software.
  • Dragon Quest 2 – Leaked by retailers, multiple western Dragon Quest games confirmed to be in development, but probably meant to be Dragon Quest Builders 2 or the Dragon Quest 11 game.
  • Destiny Comet – Walmart leaked this claiming it is a standalone game instead of a DLC to Destiny 2. It might be real. Bungie has recently made fans unhappy with stripping content, hidden XP limits, and a huge loot box focused mictro-transaction controversy. This could be the size of The Taken King and aim to please fans finally.
  • Fable 4, Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 5, and Halo 6 were all leaked by retailers, but we might only seen one or two of them actually announced by Microsoft at this year’s E3 – if any.
  • Lego DC Villains is leaked as a new game that could be announced at E3 2018.
  • Fallout 76 – Leaked release date is July 31, 2018 or August 1, 2018.
  • RAGE 2 – Leaked release date is some time in 2019.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey release date is leaked to be in the year 2019.

So there you have it. We debated even posting these, since they’re almost all probably false. But the good news is that this E3 seems to be pretty massive even without rumors like these. While most of the industry seems to be taking a ‘focus more on each game’ approach with less games overall, there should still be plenty of projects from each company and a few surprises thrown in for good measure. We will be covering E3 2018 on our own website as well with the same approach of deep diving and researching as much as we can rather than just rapid-firing off light, surface coverage. So feel free to join us for lore, gore, and more.

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