The Gaming World Rumour Mill

From the 22nd to the 24th of September Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre was home to the Eurogamer Expo.

My brother and I arrived at the centre at 9:30am, an hour and a half before doors opened so we were near the front. It’s lucky we were there that early because the queue was eventually the length of the building and the building was long.  The atmosphere was relaxed with people just chatting or playing on their handhelds.

At 11am, doors opened and the gamers streamed in. The whole place was like a cave of wonders, with gaming treasures all around us.

I started of with a bit of Ico HD and it looked and played well. My brother gave Shadows of The Collosus a go and it too looked stunning.  Then we moved onto Assassin’s Creed Revelations which had the multiplayer set up, 2 teams either side of the large promotional divide. Our team played a few rounds and won them all.

By this time queues were forming at all the big draws, the biggest at the OnLive booth where people went to claim there free consoles. The line never seemed to get smaller and so I didn’t get a free console.

Skyrim was also a huge draw and I watched others play it, as again the queue was so long. The visuals were simply breath taking and I can’t wait to fully immerse myself in it.

Rage was also on show and again it looked great with decent gameplay, a mix of Borderlands and Fallout.

Then we went to Ubisoft’s Dev conference, where the devs showed off exclusive screens and artwork. The game itself looks brilliant, with a much darker tone.

Other games we played included Uncharted 3 (awesome), TinTin, which is a simple puzzle platformer, Rugby 2011 where I lost heavily against my brother, PES 2012, though good not quite a FIFA contender.

There was so much to see and do that the 1 day I went just wasn’t enough. Maybe next year I’ll go all 4 days.

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Scarecrow may not be a big feature or feature at all in Batman: Arkham City.
According to Rocksteady’s Paul Crocker said:

“In Batman: Arkham Asylum we had the whole Scarecrow thing, and we didn’t want to do that again we wanted something different.”
Now, this might just mean that if Scarecrow features there won’t be the same sort of encounters that occurred in Batman: Arkham Asylum or it might even mean that due to the high number of villains that will be appearing this time round, there just isn’t room for Scarecrow to terrorise Batman.

 

 

The weather outside is a bit crappy. That means you can do the best thing and game or the next best thing and read some rumours regarding your favourite hobby.

 

Max Payne 3 getting  first public showing on October 1st or 2nd.
Over those 2 dates the First Look Expo is occurring in Holland. Yeah, the First Look Expo. Now, Max Payne 3 is yet to get a public first look so where better than an event called First Look. Max Payne has been relatively quiet but if it is showing  in a few weeks, expect a release date to be revealed soon after.

Status: Unconfirmed

 

Xbox 360 getting a 3D patch.
Whether you’re a fan or not, 3D is currently the darling of the gaming industry. Nintendo have got in on it, albeit with mixed results. Sony have been championing it for months, with the PS3 capable of 3D and now it looks like Microsoft are joining the party. Rumours are that a firmware update adding 3D functionality to the 360 is only a couple of weeks away. Don’t be surprised if the update hits by October, with a new advertising strategy in the run up to Christmas.

Status: Unconfirmed

 

PS Vita release date is November 12 in Asia. Before 31st March everywhere else

This rumour could have a lot to go for it. Tokyo Game Show is only a little time away and PS Vita will have a big presence there. It’s almost guaranteed that the release dates will be revealed at TGS and since Japan usually gets hardware a few months before the West then it make senses that November will be that time. Sony is releasing the Vita this fiscal year and that ends on March 31st, so maybe Vita will be released early March or even February in the West.

Status: Unconfirmed

 

3 Million Dirt 3 Keys Leaked
AMD were partnering with Codemasters to give away some codes to those who purchased AMD products. These codes could be used to get Dirt 3 via Steam. Yesterday, reports were hitting that the codes had been leaked. Today, AMD confirmed that the codes had indeed been leaked. Now, before you get all excited about picking up a free copy of Dirt 3 with a compromised code, don’t bother. Steam will block all the codes and they will not work. Buy the game and support the devs guys.

 

PC Version of Dead Island is early developer build
PC gamers complained about how buggy Dead Island seemed to be.  Now, we’ve all encountered buggy games (I’m looking at you Fallout 3 and New Vegas) but at least we know the game is not an early build. Well, the more curious PC gamers decided to look into the bugs and apparently discovered that the version of Dead Island they paid for was in fact an early test build for the 360.  It was later confirmed that the wrong version had gone live for download. Oops.

Status: Confirmed

 

Monster Hunter Tri G is big Nintedo pre TGS reveal
I’ve commented before on how big Monster Hunter is as a series. Well, seems like it’s going to be avaliable on the 3DS soon, if some reports are to go by. Remember, how I said Monster Hunter is a console mover? Well it would be a great move by Nintendo to release a title on its flagging handheld and a reveal in Japan, where the series is the most popular, is just smart work.

Status: Unconfirmed

 

Devil May Cry HD Collection will be avaliable on PS3 and Xbox 360.
This long rumoured collection, which will apparently contain DMC 1, 2 & 3, has been spotted on the ESRB ratings list. The collection still hasn’t been officially confirmed but it really is becoming one of the worst kept industry secrets. I’m sure we’ll get a more definitive answer at Tokyo Game Show, where the new Devil May Cry will also make an appearance.

 

That’s it. Any tips? Just email gamingrumours@hotmail.com or contact me via Twitter.

 

 

 

 

The weekend was relatively peaceful on the rumour front, as they usually are but last night and early this morning rumours started flying around. Here are the ones that hold the most importance.

 

Battlefield 3 shipping on 2 discs for Xbox 360
The source of this rumour is a Japanese poster showing the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 will ship on DVD ROM x 2.

There hasn’t been confirmation yet but we all know BF3 is going to be big. Maybe this may just show how big BF3 will be. Will campaign mode be on one disc and multiplayer on another? Are the game modes on one disc and the special features, making of etc on another? Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Status: Unconfirmed

 

Syphon Filter 4 coming Winter 2012

This rumour comes from the guys and gals of OPM Italy. The rumours of a new Syphon Filter have been going around for months, ever since an accidental listing by PlayStation, which was quickly removed. Syphon Filter 4 is said to be a sequel to Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow, which was released on PSP.  Tokyo Game Show is round the corner so an actual reveal could be on the cards there.

Status: Unconfirmed
Dragon Quest X has a subscription fee

Dragon Quest X has only just been recently revealed for both Wii and Wii U but the sharp eyed among us (Kotaku) have noticed the following info:

Platform: Wii/Wii U
Release Date: (Wii) Planned for 2012/(Wii U) TBA
MSRP・User Fee: (Wii/Wii U) TBA

Also notice the lack of release date info for the WiiU.  The subscriotion fee also has yet to be announced, again could be revealed at Tokyo Game Show.

 

 

 

 


No returns!

Sorry, I had to get that little bit of childish behaviour out of the way. After yesterday’s quite long Rumour Round Up, today seems a lot quieter. What rumours surfaced today?

 

Team Bondi gone into administration!

This rumour first came about this morning and as the day has moved on it looks like this is true. Team Bondi are the developers behind LA Noire, which used their brilliant motion capture tech. However, soon after release, Team Bondi became embroiled in a lot of criticism mainly for how it treated people who worked there. Someone could still buy the studio and get it back on its feet, but with such a mixed reputation I believe Team Bondi has come to an end.
Status: Confirmed

 

Bioware working on Mass Effect Social Network Game

The link below takes us to a job listing for an artist to work on “an exciting, new, social game for gamers”.

https://jobs.ea.com/search/view.do?id=a0z50000000qRSMAA2

With Mass Effect 3 mere months away and it being the end of Shepard’s story, this social game points to something that is Mass Effect related. Dragon Age Legends was quite successful so Bioware would be mad not to go down a similar path for one its biggest IPs.

Status: Unconfirmed

 

Also you could potentially join GamingRumours on Black Ops as Treyarch’s FPS has a Double XP event going on from tomorrow until Tuesday.

 

 

 

Brace yourselves. Rumours are coming. Quite a lot of them too, but that would be because I didn’t update when I should have. Whoops. So what rumours have been whispered across Gametopia?

Deus Ex DLC news being announced Monday (as in the Monday gone…Told you I was slow)

This rumour started making the rounds when the Deus Ex HR news ticker teased a special surprise for Monday. We expected some news of DLC. We got a code instead. Of course, this being the internet, that code was cracked within pretty a much a day. It all leads to the following image:

Don’t rule out the possibility that this is teasing DLC and it is still the most likely result , well in my opinion anyway.

Status: Unconfirmed

Epic Mickey 2 is in development.

I’ll admit that I haven’t played the first Epic Mickey but from what I’ve seen of it the game looks quite interesting and something that faithfully explores the vast disney universe and its history.  The source of these rumours is a disney survey which hints that the sequel is in development and will be avaliable on the PS3 and Xbox 360 too.

Status: Unconfirmed

New Monster Hunter to be announced at Tokyo Game Show

The Monster Hunter series is big in Japan, seriously big as in helping boost console sales big, and growing in other places, the most successful probably being Monster Hunter Tri in the West. I’ve played one Monster Hunter game on the PSP and it was an enjoyable experience. An announcement at Tokyo Game Show of the new Monster Hunter would be big news. The rumour stems from a Japanese Analyst firm, who even expect two Monster Hunter announcments. Monster Hunter Vita/ Wii U anyone?

Status: Unconfirmed

Persona 4 to be announced at Tokyo Game Show

This stemmed from a tease in Famitsu and within a day, Persona 4 Vita and a Persona 4 fighter were both confirmed to be in development.  No TGS reveal, but almost definitely going to be shown at TGS.

Status: Confirmed

Modern Warfare 3 to have 32 player maps and modes on console

This was a big rumour and it came from the following image:

Apparently the image comes from someone who managed to sneak a picture of this out from a closed showing but there has been no confirmation of that. There also hasn’t been any confirmation from Activision about this image. We’re most likely to find out whether this is true on Friday, when the Call of Duty XP event starts.

Status: Unconfirmed

Bayonetta 2 getting a reveal this week

This came from a tweet by Hideki Kamiya, founder of Platinum Games and creator of Bayonetta. He said it would be revealed in a games magazine this week. However series producer, Atsushi Inaba, said Hideki was joking. So maybe it was all a big joke, or Mr Inaba is trying to stop news of a sequel getting out too early. Maybe no reveal this week, but TGS could be the perfect place to drop the announcement of a sequel.

Status: Unconfirmed
That’s your lot so far, and after all that typing I don’t plan to fall behind again.

Last week was Gamescom and even though some rumours flew around beforehand there wasn’t much, if any vlaidation. There was no major reveal of TimeSplitters 4 like I’d hoped but there are still other Expo’s still to come this year so hope still remains. Eurogamer Expo is up next and I have my tickets to sample all the gaming glory including Skyrim & Arkham City.

Anyway, today we’ve had a couple of interesting rumours appearing around the web, mainly courtesy of OXM.  Let the round up begin!

 

Fable 4 will be getting a 2013 release!

This one comes from OXM and I have to back them on this. Fable is a huge franchise. Sure we have Fable Journey to come out at some point in the near future but it isn’t Fable 4.  I’d expect an official announcement at next year’s E3 Expo, possibly the biggest reveal of Microsoft’s conference if the rumoured next gen Xbox is a no show.

Duke Nukem getting a series reboot!

After years in development hell, Duke Nukem Forever was released to mediocre reviews. It’s release was encased in drama just as much as it’s development but all in all, most reviewers just didn’t show Duke love. Now, it appears Gearbox will look at the series and give it a reboot, as seems to be the fashion.  Rumoured title for the first installation is Duke Begins.  A homage to Batman Begins, maybe?

BBC iPlayer coming to Xbox 360 soon.

Another one courtesy of OXM and isn’t much of a surprise. The BBC have stated that they want to do this and as Microsoft see the 360 as a media centre they’d want the biggest TV Streaming service in the UK on their box. I’d say this will go live within the next couple of months, probably October.

 

That is it for today’s Rumour Round Up. If you have any tips then e-mail me at gamingrumours@hotmail.com.

 

 

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