Halo 2: Anniversary Edition Could Be a Reality

June 7, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Last E3, Microsoft promised that the Xbox One Halo experience would begin in 2014. Most fans took this to mean Halo 5 would be releasing this year, but we now know that’s not the case. Other than Halo 5, the most popular guess fans have had for the 2014 Halo Xbox One game is a remake, or anniversary edition, of Halo 2.

Microsoft has been pretty quiet on the subject, but when Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced that new drivers will allow you to use your Xbox One controller with your PC, he included a picture of an Xbox One controller being used with a tablet…which was running Halo 2.

Halo 2 tablet

Now, this isn’t a definitive sign of Halo 2 Anniversary, but Major Nelson has to know the excitement surrounding that possibility. Why did he choose that game to show in the picture? Well, whatever Microsoft has planned for Halo, we’ll probably find out in just a couple of days at E3.

We also hope to learn more about Halo 5: Guardians. We still don’t know a lot about it, although we’ve been told it will feature strong female characters, despite the Spartan in the logo not being a woman.

You know, if Halo 2 Anniversary is released in 2014 and Halo 5 is released in 2015, that will match up perfectly with the statement Steve Downes officially never made. We’ll know soon enough.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity: Four Assassins Shown on Banner

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Well, E3 is just around the corner, and that means preparations are well underway. Ubisoft has put up a huge banner outside of the area to advertise Assassin’s Creed Unity. It features four assassins, which has led some fans to wonder if Unity will have a co-op option for the campaign. Maybe that’s why it’s called “Unity.”

That’s not the only Assassin’s Creed rumor we have for you today. A GameStop advertisement suggests there will be two preorder bonuses for Unity, one of which is a mission called “Chemical Revolution.”

Meanwhile, a screenshot has surfaced which what appears to be a crossbow an assassin can conceal at his wrist.

Unity crossbow

All of these things are just rumors for now… but we imagine we’ll have a lot of answers in just a few days. E3 is almost upon us, and we can’t wait.

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Battlefield Hardline Leak Reveals Release Date

June 5, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Battlefield Hardline seems to have a problem with leaks. The game’s very existence was leaked before it was officially announced, along with videos of old footage that were taken down in short order. Then information about its beta was leaked, as emails about the PlayStation E3 Experience were sent out early (we assume). Now, two more leaks appeared in quick succession.

The first was another gameplay video. It has already been removed, but viewers who saw it in time came away with a favorable impression.

Next came a leaked trailer. Either it was an official announcement just pretending to be a leak, or Visceral and EA gave up, because the trailer was officially released shortly afterwards.

It’s a short trailer, but one very important piece of information it reveals is the release date. Battlefield Hardline will come out on October 21. If you’re interested in seeing more, there will be an E3 livestream of the game on June 9 at 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT. Are you going to watch?

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Sony Might Have 5 “Megaton” Announcements for E3

May 31, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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There are a lot of rumors and theories circulating about E3, but this is one of the most interesting (and credible). There is a NeoGAF user called DemonNite who is generally accepted to be a Sony developer, although no one knows who he really is. In the past, he’s teased things that have been true, and fans generally hold more faith in him than in other “insiders.”

Today, DemonNite uploaded a very strange video and later mentioned on NeoGAF that there was an Easter egg in the video. Take a look.

Now, if you’ve seen Tron: Legacy, you’ll recognize the video footage, but there are a few differences. First, Sony’s Kaz Hirai is in the scene, and the dialogue has been changed to be about Sony and E3. Second, the disk has “E3 2014 Megatons” written on it. Third, after the disk is placed on Hirai’s back, you can hear five distinct beeps. If you compare it to the original scene from the movie, the beeps have clearly been added.

Most fans believe this means Sony has five “megaton” announcements planned for E3. Since DemonNite isn’t speaking as an official source, we have to consider this a rumor, although it would explain why Sony thinks its conference deserves the big screen.

Do you believe this is a sign that Sony has five major announcements to make? What do you think they are? What do you hope they are?

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EA Teases Garden Warfare for PS4

May 28, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Garden Warfare PS4 tease

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the third-person shooter twist on PopCap’s tower defense series, has been rumored to be coming to the PS4 more or less ever since it was first announced. Since its February launch, however, it hasn’t appeared on anything other than the Xbox One and Xbox 360, with a PC version due near the end of June. Is it about to come to the PS4 as well?

EA made waves today by suddenly tweeting a strange “Fly Shooter” image that appeared to be a Plants vs. Zombies parody of Sly Cooper, along with the statement “It’s time for an announcement…”

They followed up with a “Chomper in disguise” for “Grass Princess” (a parody of Fat Princess), and then “a Zomboss alternate universe” for “Casket & Clunk” (Ratchet & Clank).

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All three parodied series are Sony exclusives, and each picture contains Garden Warfare’s tagline “Shooters just got weird.” It’s hard to imagine what else this could be about besides a PS4 version of the game, but there hasn’t been an official announcement yet. We’ll keep you updated.

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Watch Dogs is Almost Here: Final Bits of Speculation

May 26, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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As of tomorrow, we’ll have no further need to speculate about Watch Dogs. It will have launched for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, with only the Wii U version left unseen. In these final hours, let’s discuss a few final topics.

Aside from this unusual little promotion Ubisoft Tweeted last night, most of our new information on Watch Dogs comes from leaks and early copies. For example, one Reddit user held a Q&A session and claims the story alone lasts about 10-11 hours and is “satisfying and definitely worth playing,” but that you should “try all of the little side things” to get the most enjoyment out of it.

If you’re mostly interested in seeing the world you’ll be exploring, PlayStation Access has uploaded an overview of the entire map.

Remember, any details given out about Watch Dogs are technically still rumors, but we’ve only got a short time before we’ll get to see everything for ourselves.

If you’d to see things a little early, though, the same Youtube user who shared 25 minutes of Murdered: Soul Suspect has started a Watch Dogs playthrough. Take a look and tell us what you think!

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Halo 5: Guardians Set for Fall 2015

May 16, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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After many rumors and much speculation, we finally have a release window (as well as an updated title) for Halo 5, although it’s one that might disappoint some fans. Halo 5: Guardians is set to release sometime in fall 2015.

Some people are understandably upset that it isn’t coming out this year, but Microsoft has repeated its earlier statements that the trailer shown at last year’s E3 was never meant to be for Halo 5 specifically, but rather to alert fans that the Xbox One Halo “journey” would begin in 2014.

However, Microsoft still isn’t going to tell us what the 2014 part of the journey entails. 343 Industries General Manager Bonnie Ross has said more information about that will be revealed at E3. Of course, the most popular rumor is that a Halo 2 Anniversary remake will be released this year, which would match previous rumors.

Rumors are flying about Halo 5, as well, so let’s take them one at a time. First, the official art (pictured above) shows another Spartan. Early reactions suggested the character would be Cortana in human form, Kelly-087, or Sarah Palmer. However, executive producer Josh Holmes shot them all down with a single message:

Note that this character is referred to as he, so this isn’t a female Spartan. (And since Holmes clearly calls him a “mysterious Spartan,” he probably isn’t the Bornstellar-Didact, either.) As for him being a new character, that still leaves some room for interpretation. If it merely means new to the games, rather than the entire Halo universe, he could be an existing character from other media.

Moving on to a related topic, look very closely at the breast of the armor on the right side (the Spartan’s left side). There’s a tiny emblem there, and it shows what appears to be the symbol for ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence). Therefore, this Spartan is most likely either an intelligence agent or closely linked to one.

And for the last rumor, have these “Guardians” mentioned in the title been present for the entire series? Ever since the first game, if you die in multiplayer and no player is responsible (for example, if the boundary turrets in Snowbound kill you), the game credits the death to “the Guardians.” Even Halo Waypoint acknowledges them.

Halo guardian death

Is it just a coincidence, an arbitrary word used for these occurrences now re-used in an entirely different context? We probably won’t know for sure until 2015.

Halo 5 concept art

Enjoy this piece of concept art, remember not to take any of our speculation and rumors too seriously, and share your own theories in the comments below.

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Darksiders Could Come to Xbox One and PS4

May 12, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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All we have for you this time is a rumor and a hope, but for action-adventure fans, it could be just the thing to look forward to. Darksiders, the apocalyptic (literally, as you play as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) video game IP developed by Vigil Games, has fallen into uncertain territory since the dissolution of its publisher, THQ. Darksiders was one of the many properties bought by Nordic Games.

This could have meant the end for the series, but its former creative director, Joe Madureira, came out today saying it is “not dead” and Nordic is “very committed to continuing the series.” While he isn’t sure he’d be involved with a third game, he joins fans in hoping for “exciting news.”

Of course, since he isn’t involved with the series currently, we can’t take this as confirmation of a Darksiders III. However, since he says Nordic Games is interested, we’ll take it as a credible rumor. Since Darksiders appeared on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and Darksiders II was for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U, we would definitely expect the hypothetical Darksiders III to reach the Xbox One and PS4.

While we wait for something more concrete, share your impressions of the series and your hopes for what a future game would involve.

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Yes, “New Titanfall Experiences” Are Planned

May 7, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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During EA’s earnings call yesterday, the company revealed several pieces of information about games currently under development. What we missed, however, was their other announcement: that EA and Respawn have made a new Titanfall deal.

Now, no one actually said they’re working on a sequel to Titanfall. In fact, Respawn’s Vince Zampella confirmed the announcement with the exact same wording used by EA, that “new Titanfall experiences” are coming.

The specific wording makes us wary of announcing this as Titanfall 2 confirmation, but we’d consider this to be a pretty strong indication of such a game, especially since we were expecting one anyway after the success of Titanfall. Whatever it is, it’s momentous enough to warrant a new deal, after all. Is it a new game? Will it be an Xbox One exclusive? Will it appear on the PS4? If this is a game already under development, is it one of the titles EA plans to announce at E3? Let the rumors and speculation commence!

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Possible New Halo 5 Story Details

April 21, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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At this point, fans of the Halo series are probably dying for any rumors about Halo 5, which may or may not be the Halo game coming to the Xbox One sometime this year. The latest theories come to us from the Halo comics.

There is a twelve-part comic series called Halo: Escalation, set after the events of Halo 4. It deals with the UNSC Infinity, and begins with a mission to escort the Arbiter to a meeting with the Jiralhanae (the Covenant species nicknamed “Brutes”). Issue 8 was just released, and according to its description, the Master Chief enters the story with this issue:

“The Master Chief returns in “The Next 72 Hours: Part 1”! After defeating the Didact, John-117 joined the crew of Infinity . . . but why did he leave? The mystery begins here. Halo® lead writer Brian Reed (Amazing Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel) reveals the secret events that immediately follow the end of Halo 4.”

This doesn’t provide us with very much to go on, but it sounds as though the Master Chief may have a secret mission. And if there are “secret events” the series protagonist is involved in immediately after the end of Halo 4, it sounds like something that will be important to the next game.

Additionally, some rumors claim the Didact is still alive–and this could tie in with the secret mission–although for fans who haven’t read the novels, this is complicated by the fact that there is more than one of him.

Whatever the case may be, we hope we hear more definitive things about Halo 5 soon. Microsoft claims to have big plans for E3, and this should be a part of them.

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