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New Switch Lite and Pro Rumors Surface From the World’s Largest Financial Newspaper


Update: Parts of US Gamer’s translation have been called incorrect by outlets with a better track record for Japanese translation. Corrected information has been included below. 

The rumor mill has been buzzing with reports of new Nintendo Switch models on the horizon in recent months, and today yet another one surfaced. The latest comes from Japanese publication Nikkei, the world’s largest financial newspaper and the same group that reported Nintendo was working on a smaller, cheaper Switch in January. They’ve since acquired more information from their sources about both the “Switch Lite” and a second, more powerful model.

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that two new Switch models are in development. That story stated that the lighter, cheaper model would cut out rumble features. Eurogamer corroborated some of those details and added some more claims of their own. According to Eurogamer, the cheaper Switch will be handheld-only and re-designed to be more “kid-proof.” Both sites reported that the other model would feature improved hardware, but not on the level of PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X.

The latest Nikkei report is in a similar vein, but it contradicts some of the finer details. According to Nikkei’s sources (as translated by US Gamer), the cheaper model is indeed coming this year (specifically this Fall), but it will be compatible with a dock and TV. It’s unclear what sacrifices this model will have to make to reach the cheaper price point.

As for the rumored “Switch Pro,” Nikkei believes its release is further out. According to their sources, a “next-generation” version of Switch is in development, but its planned release has been pushed back due to technical issues that include troubles with the operating system and power consumption. It’s unclear whether this “next-generation” Switch is the same as the Switch Pro or an entirely different piece of hardware, but it’s hard to imagine three separate iterations of Switch all deep in development at the same time.

As usual with these types of unconfirmed reports, we advise a healthy dose of skepticism. It seems extremely likely that Nintendo has new hardware in the works, but the exact details are unknown. Perhaps Nintendo’s E3 Direct will clear things up.

Update: According to Dr. Serkan Toto and Gematsu the information about power consumption problems is an incorrect translation on the part of US Gamer. They both see the second, more powerful console as being a next generation device rather than a “Pro” Switch. The confusion about a “delay” seems to stem from the fact that Nintendo is still in the experimental phase, and it’s unclear who will be heading up development. Gematsu reports that Nintendo is experimenting with operating system changes, but any claims of it causing a “delay” are false according to Dr. Toto. 

Source: Nikkei (via US Gamer)

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Rumor: Miyamoto and Aonuma are Addicted to Crypt of the NecroDancer

During the most recent Nindies Showcase, we were surprised to learn that Nintendo is lending one of their most popular franchises to an indie developer for a crossover game. Brace Yourself Games, developers of Crypt of the NecroDancer, are making a Hyrule-themed sequel called Cadence of Hyrule. So how did this partnership come about?

Game Informer set out to find the answer to this question. Ben Hanson inquired about the process in a Nindies interview with Nintendo’s Kirk Scott, and he was told that the process is “organic.” Scott said that indies shouldn’t just reach out to Nintendo and ask, but that they might, for instance, run into a Nintendo producer at a bar and strike up a conversation.

Imran Khan then put forward a different scenario. Khan claims he was contacted by “someone who would know” that gave him the real scoop on Cadence of Hyrule. According to Khan’s unnamed source, the real reason Brace Yourself Games got to work with the Zelda IP is that Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto and producer Eiji Aonuma are huge fans of Crypt of the NecroDancer. Khan says the duo became addicted to the game after its release on Switch and decided they had to get in contact with the developers.

Obviously, Nintendo and Brace Yourself Games have not confirmed the validity of this story, but if true that must be a huge ego boost for the NecroDancer team. Miyamoto has inspired and excited countless developers over the years, so getting him addicted to your game to the point that he wants to hand you the reigns to Zelda is quite the achievement!

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Rumor: Sony is Looking to Buy Take-Two Interactive

As the next generation looms on the horizon, Sony and Microsoft are both doing everything they can to prepare for a strong launch and emerge as the early leader. Microsoft has been buying up small and medium-sized studios left and right, but Sony just might be going for the win all in one move. According to the latest rumblings from industry analysts, Sony is trying to buy out Take-Two Interactive.

Take-Two Interactive’s stock is currently up over 5%, and according to investment firm Wedbush Securities, this is due to Sony being in “advanced board level discussions to acquire Take-Two Interactive in a mostly cash deal.” If true, this would be an absolute bombshell. As the parent company of both 2K Games and Rockstar Games, Take-Two holds some of the most popular video game properties in the world, including Borderlands, Civilization, Grand Theft Auto, and Red Dead, as well as a variety of sports games.

Update: Speaking with Games Industry, Joel Kulina of Wedbush Securities distanced himself from the story, stating that he’s not sure who quoted him as saying that. He speculated that someone acquired a trading note he wrote and asserted that he did not give any phone interviews on the subject. Kulina has no solid source on the matter, and says it’s “purely unconfirmed market speculation.

It’s unclear who originally started this rumor, but the surge in share prices for Take-Two began before Kulina’s note was published, so his note is not responsible for the increase. This “market chatter” may be a contributing factor in the stock surge (as is the upcoming reveal of Borderlands 3), but is there any truth behind it, or is it just wild speculation that managed to take off? Take-Two Interactive has declined to comment.

Source: Market Watch

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Rumor: Mortal Kombat Movie Plot and Character Details Leaked

A new Mortal Kombat movie (reportedly a reboot) has been planned at Warner Bros. for quite some time, and now it’s finally close to becoming a reality. Writer Greg Russo has confirmed that the project now has “a script, budget, location, director, and cast lists,” and is just waiting on the final green light. If the film moves forward, we may already have a pretty good idea of what to expect thanks to a recent leak.

That Hashtag Show is claiming to have the exclusive scoop on the Mortal Kombat movie reboot, including plot details and a character list. Keep in mind that a synopsis and character list leaked last year, but it later turned out to be an old script that the writing team had since abandoned. However, That Hashtag Show is confident that this updated info is the real thing.

According to their sources the movie “will center around a washed-up boxer (Cole Turner) that is recruited to help protect Earth (and his daughter). He must join forces with a team of fighters that are locked in an eternal battle with killers from another dimension.” It is also believed that Joel Edgerton is being targeted for the role of Kano. That Hashtag Show posted details about Kano and other fighters in their updated character list:

COLE TURNER – A washed up boxer that still puts up a good fight. He loves his daughter Emily and will do anything to protect her. He is recruited to fight in Mortal Kombat and turns out to have a mysterious upbringing.

EMILY – Cole’s 12-year-old daughter who is already a skilled boxing trainer. She proves to be tougher than she looks.

KANO – The large, rugged Australian ex-special forces turned merc-for-hire wanted by Interpol for arms dealing and drug running. He’s killed a lot of people yet still has a goofy attitude.

LORD RAIDEN – The Thunder God leader of the humankind’s contestants in Mortal Kombat. He oversees their training for the tournament.

SONYA BLADE – The tough blonde dressed in military gear and ready to become a stronger champion.

JACKSON “JAX” BRIDGES – With “Arms like cannons” he recruits Cole to the Mortal Kombat tournament.

LIU KANG – A Shaolin warrior from the White Lotus society that has the ability to throw fireballs.

KUNG LAO – A stoic warrior monk who throws his hat like a deadly frisbee.

SUB-ZER0 – The ice ninja with deadly eyes hidden behind a gruesome mask.

MILEENA – The female Outworld assassin dressed in leather armor and wielding deadly sais.

SHANG TSUNG – The ageless Outworld general that oversees the tournament and it’s fighters.

You’ll probably notice right away that some pretty big names are missing from that list, but don’t panic. That Hashtag Show doesn’t believe this to be a comprehensive list of every character in the movie. They noted that there is a “very good chance” of other characters popping up, including Scorpion and Kabal.

As usual, we’d advise you to take this rumor with a healthy dose of skepticism. At this time Russo and others attached to the project have not confirmed any of these details.

Source: That Hashtag Show

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Rumor: Pokémon Sword and Shield Details Leaked

During the recent Pokémon Direct, we finally got our first look at Pokémon Sword and Shield. Ahead of the big reveal, there were countless supposed leaks detailing the eighth generation, but most proved to be largely incorrect. However, since the Direct, an old 4chan post that nailed some key details has been making the rounds. If it’s the real deal, then we now know more about the upcoming Pokémon adventures than what Game Freak has revealed.

The 4chan post correctly predicted that the new games would be titled Sword and Shield and would be set in a region based on Great Britain. It went on to say that Galar’s Legendary Pokémon will be a metal snake and a wooden horse. Additionally, the alleged leak claims the eighth generation will introduce “Armored Evolutions,” with new armored forms for Charizard, Mewtwo, Flygon, and Zeraora. The Legendaries and the new armored forms will somehow be tied in with the lore of Meltan.

While it’s interesting that this anonymous tipster got some key details correct, we’d still advise some skepticism here. Great Britain as a setting was rumored by numerous other “leakers” that got pretty much everything else wrong. Correctly guessing the titles is a little more impressive, but they were definitely rumored by some and even hinted at by Junichi Masuda himself.

More recently, new Pokémon merchandise has surfaced that some people believe lends credibility to this leak. A new line of Pokémon key chains was recently unveiled, including two (not yet pictured) “Armored Mewtwo” charms. However, these charms are meant as a tie-in to the upcoming movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. Mewtwo wore armor in the original Mewtwo Strikes Back movie, so this just looks to be a movie-specific inclusion. Charizard is also getting a key chain charm, but there’s no indication of an armored version.

Source: SpawnWave, Nintendo Soup

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Rumor: Microsoft Revealing New Xbox Consoles at E3

During last year’s E3 presentation, Microsoft confirmed that they are working on new consoles. Little else was said, but sources since then have claimed that Microsoft is developing a true successor to Xbox One and a cheaper model that will rely heavily on Project xCloud to run more intensive titles. These two consoles aren’t expected to launch anytime in 2019, but we may be hearing more about them quite soon.

According to the latest from Thurrott, Microsoft is planning to show off the two consoles, code-named “Lockhart” and “Anaconda,” at this year’s E3. They’re not expected to confirm a price point yet, but they want to “begin to peel back the onion on these two devices.” Thurrott expects the consoles to launch sometime in the Fall of 2020. French gaming outlet JeuxVideo has published a separate article stating much the same.

Thurrott also claims that we’ll be getting a big update on Halo Infinite during Microsoft’s show, and it will be confirmed as a launch title for the next-gen devices. Thurrott claims the game’s story will adapt to player choice, and it may feature more RPG elements than past entries in the long-running franchise.

Source: Thurrott, JeuxVideo

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Rumor: Cuphead Coming to Switch in Microsoft Partnership

Yesterday, we reported on a juicy rumor from Direct Feed Games and Game Informer that said Xbox Game Pass is coming to Switch with Project xCloud support. This would give Switch owners access to tons of games that were previously Xbox exclusive and potentially even allow the console to run more hardware-intensive games. Today, another source has backed the rumor while also naming more expected ports to the system.

The latest buzz comes from major French gaming outlet JeuxVideo. They back up the claim that Ori and the Blind Forest is on the way to Switch and add that Cuphead is in the works as well. Beyond that, they believe Microsoft is considering bringing over bigger exclusives, potentially even including games like Halo, Gears of War, or Forza.

They also speculate that Rare Replay could be on the way, but that doesn’t seem to be based on inside knowledge. JeuxVideo believes that Xbox Game Pass will come to Switch this year and that there’s the potential for more than one hundred new games to be available to Switch users as a result.

They also noted that they haven’t heard anything about the rumored Scalebound revival for Switch. As we’ve explained before, we believe this rumor is false, and Liam Robertson agrees after checking with his sources close to PlatinumGames.

Source: JeuxVideo

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Rumor: Nintendo is Reviving an Officially Cancelled Game

Game Informer’s Imran Khan has been quite vocal about some behind-the-scenes details of Nintendo in recent weeks, making claims about the rebooting of Metroid Prime 4, the status of Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch, and the fate of Mother 3. Khan recently stopped by Kinda Funny Games for a chat, and while talking about the recent Nintendo Direct he dropped another Nintendo rumor.

According to the latest buzz Khan has heard, Nintendo is bringing back a game that was previously canceled. He stops short of giving many details, but he says as he digs deeper into his sources he’ll eventually publish a full article on the topic. The mystery game was, according to Khan, “Very much a title that was dead and buried. Very officially cancelled.”

So which scrapped game is Nintendo bringing back to life? It’s hard to say, and speculation has been running rampant. Nintendo Insider claims that the game in question is Scalebound from PlatinumGames, but frankly, this seems implausible. Former Platinum Producer Jean Pierre Kellams says this is highly unlikely and points to IP issues (Microsoft had the publishing rights last we knew) and the difficulty of taking a game that was in development for Xbox One and bringing it to Switch. Additionally, PlatinumGames is already working on Bayonetta 3, Babylon’s Fall, Astral Chain, and multiple mobile games. 

Source: Imran Khan

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Rumor: Nintendo is Bringing VR to Switch in 2019

Nintendo has been more hesitant than other developers to dabble in virtual reality, as executives like Shigeru Miyamoto and Reggie Fils-Aime have suggested it doesn’t really fit Nintendo’s style. However, that didn’t stop Nintendo from filing patents for VR tech, and two years ago then-President Tatsumi Kimishima said Nintendo wanted to bring VR to Switch. If recent rumors are true, they’re finally taking that leap soon.

Earlier today, Emily Rogers posted an article at Nintendo World Report stating that multiple sources are expecting a Nintendo Switch VR announcement sometime this year. The report claims that “a small, select number of traditional first-party software titles” will receive VR support in the near future, but it’s not clear which games will be chosen. Soon after, GoNintendo reported separately (with their own source) that virtual reality support was specifically coming to Nintendo Labo.

This all follows the fact that (per Anime News Network) Nintendo recently entered a joint enterprise named “VRM Consortium.” This is a group of 13 Japanese companies aiming “to develop the international virtual reality business with a focus on 3D avatars.” Additionally, dataminers discovered a VR mode hidden in Switch last Summer. Finally, there’s the fact that Nintendo General Manager Shinya Takahashi told the BBC last year that Nintendo was preparing to announce new hardware.

It’s not clear exactly what sort of virtual reality experience Nintendo is aiming for, but it sounds like they’re gearing up for a big reveal. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for an official announcement, perhaps around E3.

Source: Nintendo World Report. GoNintendo

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Rumor: At Least 5 Unannounced Switch Exclusives Coming in 2019

Nintendo Switch has a strong lineup of exclusive games announced for 2019, including Yoshi’s Crafted World, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Animal Crossing. Given that it’s only February, there could still be plenty more games in the pipeline that we don’t know about, and there’s good reason to believe that’s the case.

We never got the rumored Nintendo Direct in January, but there are many insiders who believe it’s still coming (albeit a bit late), even after Nintendo made several game announcements on Twitter. Meanwhile, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa recently promised fans would be delighted by an upcoming game reveal.

The latest development comes from Emily Rogers on Resetera. Rogers has leaked several major Nintendo projects in the past, including last year when she teased details about Pokémon: Let’s Go ahead of its reveal. According to a post she made on gaming forum Resetera, Nintendo has quite a few unannounced exclusives in the works, and they’re expected to launch at least five of them in 2019.

Rogers claims there are eight games that she knows for sure are well in development with a 2019 target. She sees all eight of these as having around a 70% chance of launching. I reached out to her for clarification on that figure, and she confirmed that she knows the identity of these games and is reasonably certain they’re all targeting 2019. However, there’s some chance that one or more will be pushed back to 2020 as Nintendo contemplates the best time to launch and market them.

She sees five more 2019 launches as the bare minimum based on the lineup she’s seen. The total of eight in-development titles includes the following:

1. Mystery game #1
2. Mystery game #2
3. Mystery game #3
4. Mystery game #4
5. eShop game #1
6. Mystery Wii U port #1 (2013 title)
7. eShop game #2
8. New Labo Kit

Rogers also reports that a second Wii U port is in the works and may be targeting a 2019 release as well. However, she’s less certain about the release schedule for this game, giving it only around a 50% chance of launching this year. Similarly, she’s uncertain about the status of the game Retro has secretly been working on since sometime after Tropical Freeze. Rogers is unsure if the game completed development or was scrapped. Based on previous reporting, we believe this is likely the rumored Star Fox Grand Prix, but Rogers doesn’t specify that. She also mentions the rumored Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch, but her knowledge is limited to what other sources have already said publicly.

As usual, this rumor is unconfirmed by Nintendo at this point. Rogers has accurately reported many things ahead of time in the past, but sometimes leaks turn out to be incorrect or a developer’s plans change after the fact. Even Nintendo’s official statements can be contradicted by internal shifts, as evidenced by Fils-Aime stating that Metroid Prime 4 was “well in development” with a release target in mind just two months before the game was completely rebooted. That said, if this leaked lineup represents anything close to Nintendo’s actual release schedule, 2019 certainly won’t be lacking in quantity. Hopefully, it’s equally matched in quality.

Source: Emily Rogers

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Rumor: Resident Evil TV Show Coming to Netflix

Back in 2017, we heard rumors that Constantin Film was planning to reboot the Resident Evil film franchise. Little materialized from this project until a year later when we reported that Constantin was shifting gears and planning a Resident Evil TV show instead. It’s been nearly a year since that report, but now we finally have another update, courtesy of Deadline.

According to their exclusive scoop, Constantin now intends to bring their planned Resident Evil show to Netflix. It’s expected to follow the basic premise of the games while expanding the universe and deepening its mythology. The Umbrella Corporation (and the chaos they cause) will be a major focus, and it is said to feature “action sequences and Easter eggs.”

Constantin has reportedly chosen Johannes Roberts to write and direct the series. The project is apparently still in the early planning stages, so don’t expect an official reveal any time soon. That said, the hype surrounding the Resident Evil 2 remake is certainly motivation for Capcom to get this rebooted TV series rolling!

Source: Deadline

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Rumor: Smash Ultimate is Getting a Big Update Next Week

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is off to a phenomenal start with outstanding review scores and record-breaking sales numbers, and Nintendo is just getting started. Future updates will add in new fighters, stages, Mii costumes, and more. Nintendo hasn’t yet revealed when we can expect this content to roll out, but according to the latest buzz from the rumor mill, the first big update might be just around the corner.

This tantalizing tidbit comes via a data miner who goes by SnowmealDome. After digging around in the Smash server, they discovered data indicating that a Version 2.0.0 update is coming sometime next week. They haven’t unearthed any details regarding the content of this update, but we can speculate.

Nintendo previously indicated that they were targeting a February release for the free Piranha Plant DLC, so it would make sense for the new fighter to be included in this update. It’s also probable that we’ll see some slight adjustments made to some of the fighters in order to balance things out.

What do you hope to see next from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: OatmealDome

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Rumor: Microsoft’s Next Gen “Anaconda” Has a Solid State Drive

At E3 2018, Xbox boss Phil Spencer teased that Microsoft is working on “the next Xbox consoles.” The fact that he pluralized the word has a lot of people curious about the future of Xbox, and rumors and reports have indicated that Microsoft is working on one ultra-powerful machine and another console with less power that focuses on cloud streaming. The latest update from the rumor mill claims to have the code names for both devices, as well as some hardware details.

According to sources that spoke with Windows Central, the more powerful of the two devices is being developed under the name “Anaconda.” This is seen as the successor to Xbox One X. Meanwhile the second console is seen as a successor to the less powerful Xbox One S, and it’s rumored to be called “Lockhart.” Unlike past rumors, Windows Central says nothing about the Lockhart model being focused on cloud streaming. They expect it to be around as powerful as the current Xbox One X, but with “refinements under the hood.”

One other feature Windows Central expects to see implemented in the next generation of Xbox consoles is faster load times. It’s believed that Microsoft will achieve this with solid state drives, but it’s unclear from their report whether this more expensive option will be utilized in both consoles or just Anaconda.

Source: Windows Central

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Rumor: Persona 5 is Coming to Switch

Last night at The Game Awards, Nintendo shocked all of us with the surprise reveal of Joker from Persona 5 as a DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. No one saw it coming, mostly because Persona 5 isn’t even available on a Nintendo platform, but that could be changing. According to the latest buzz on the internet, Joker’s Smash inclusion is a sign of things to come.

This info comes via Mystic Distance, a translator and writer for Persona Central. In a series of tweets, he indicated that the currently PlayStation-exclusive RPG is on its way to Switch with a new title, which is speculated to be Persona 5 Reloaded. Mystic Distance expects that the official announcement will likely drop next April during Persona Super Live 2019, possibly accompanied by the launch of Joker in Smash.

As usual, we’d like to remind you that this rumor is not officially confirmed by Nintendo or Atlus. That said… it just makes sense. Hopefully, we can expect an announcement in the near future.

Source: Mystic Distance

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Rumor: Disc-Free Xbox One Launching Next Year

Microsoft is currently hard at work on two new consoles under the “Scarlet” code name, set to launch a couple years down the road as the next generation of Xbox. However, that might not be all they’re cooking up. According to a new report from Thurrott, they also have new hardware in development that’s planned to launch next year as part of the current generation.

According to their sources, Microsoft is planning to release a cheaper version of Xbox One that doesn’t include a disc drive, playing only digital games. As such, Microsoft is planning to partner with retailers to offer a trade-in deal that lets you swap out your old discs for digital download codes. By going digital-only with this device, Microsoft hopes to offer it for $200 or less, making it a cheap and easy way to get into playing Xbox for newcomers.

Additionally, Thurrott claims that Microsoft intends to launch a slightly modified version of the Xbox One S next year. This model is expected to be slimmer and cheaper than the current one, but it’s not clear how that will be achieved. Thurrott does not expect it to ditch the disc drive like the other console, but they speculate that other features could be cut to lower the price and make it a cheap gaming machine.

Source: Thurrott

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Rumor: Animal Crossing Switch Launches Sooner Than You Think

During last month’s Nintendo Direct, we got the thrilling news that a new Animal Crossing game is on the way to Nintendo Switch. The reveal listed the upcoming game’s launch window broadly as “2019,” and no actual gameplay footage was shown. This has led many to speculate that the game is still early on in development, but according to a scoop from a source that has been correct in the past, it’s coming much sooner than we thought.

Insider Pixelpar recently published an article on Lootpots claiming to have some inside knowledge on Nintendo’s target for Animal Crossing. According to his source, Nintendo hopes to launch the game by the end of the first (calendar) quarter of 2019 or shortly after, which would put its release date sometime in March or April. Nintendo closes the books on the fiscal year on March 31st, 2019, so they’re likely pushing to have the game out before then if possible.

This information is, of course, unconfirmed by Nintendo at this time. That said, Pixelpar was one of the first to leak accurate information about Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee. His twitter account steadily dropped hints about key details, including the names, a month in advance of any official announcement.

Source: Lootpots

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Rumor: Universal’s Islands of Adventure is Getting a Huge Zelda Section

Over the past few years Nintendo and Universal Studios have been working on plans to launch Nintendo theme park attractions at numerous locations, starting with Universal Studios Japan. Construction began earlier this year in Tokyo, and the first park is set to open in 2020, with Orlando and Hollywood locations following. If the latest rumblings from the rumor mill are true, we now have a clearer idea of what we can expect at the Islands of Adventure Orlando.

According to Theme Park University’s sources, the entire Lost Continent section of the park is going to be replaced with a massive Legend of Zelda area. They report that Universal Studios Florida was originally planned to receive all of the Nintendo attractions, but the scope of the partnership has increased, and Nintendo attractions will be spread out across Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and the yet-to-be-named new park down the road. They have also heard that a Mario Kart attraction will be coming to the future park.

Of course, a project of this magnitude doesn’t happen overnight, and Universal’s plans shift as new parks are approved and old ones are torn down. Currently, Theme Park University believes the Zelda attraction is slated for 2021. At this time all of this information should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, as Nintendo and Universal have not commented on these specific details.

Source: Theme Park University

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Rumor: Here’s the Scoop on Microsoft’s Two Upcoming Consoles

During E3, Xbox head Phil Spencer teased that his team is deep in development of “the next Xbox consoles.” The pluralization of that word has had people wondering exactly what sort of shake-up Microsoft has planned, and today we may have our answer. According to a report from tech site Thurrott, Microsoft has two consoles in the works.

The first console is expected to be a relatively traditional follow-up to Xbox One: a more powerful box that plays games much in the same way every past Xbox console has. The second console is a bit more experimental in nature. Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a much cheaper option that works in tandem with a cloud streaming service, codenamed “Scarlett Cloud.”

This second box will feature much lower specs, as most of the hard work will be handled by Scarlett Cloud. The box itself will handle things like controller input, image processing, and collision detection, while Scarlett Cloud handles the rest. In theory, this allows for cloud streaming gaming without bothersome latency issues. The idea is that part of the game is running on your console, part is running elsewhere, and the Scarlett Cloud stitches it all together.

From what Thurrott has heard, all next-gen games will work across both devices, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on higher spec games if you choose the lower spec console. Both devices are expected to launch in 2020, although the streaming console is apparently further along in development.

Source: Thurrott

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Rumor: Resident Evil 2 Remake Details Leak

It’s been almost three years since Capcom first announced that Resident Evil 2 is getting a remake on modern platforms. Capcom has confirmed that it will be built from the ground up, not just remastered, and that it’s seeking to capture the spirit of the original. Aside from those few tidbits, it’s been radio silence since 2015.

Capcom may be playing things close to the chest officially, but if a report from gaming site Rely on Horror is to believed, someone close to the project has been leaking details. According to their source, the Resident Evil 2 Remake will be built in the RE Engine (like Resident Evil VII), but will feature an over-the-shoulder perspective similar to Resident Evil 4 instead of a first-person perspective. It’s said that the camera will occasionally be “stylized” differently, but it’s not exactly clear what this means. Rely on Horror speculates that the game will alternate between an over-the-shoulder perspective and a fixed camera perspective similar to the game’s original view.

Like Resident Evil VII, the remake is said to use photogrammetry scanning for improved photorealism. The game is said to run at 30 frames per second with a 1080p resolution on PlayStation 4, while the Pro version runs at 60 frames per second with a dynamically scaling resolution that will at times reach 4K and at times come short. Rely on Horror’s source claims it will be the best-looking Capcom game made to date.

As for content, the game will include campaigns for both Leon and Claire, just like the original. These campaigns are said to be much longer than the original, with new areas and new content. Capcom apparently contacted former employees who had worked on Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4 to recruit them to the development team for the remake.

As with all rumors, this is not confirmed information, so take it with a healthy dose of skepticism. All of this information sounds entirely plausible, but there’s nothing to back it up at this point. Rely on Horror’s source says Capcom may debut a trailer for the game at E3, but they have not confirmed any such plans. Hopefully we’ll have our answer soon.

Source: Rely on Horror

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Rumor: Pokémon on Switch Will Only Have the Original 151

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen an avalanche of Pokémon rumors from a variety of sources, and they all indicate that first Pokémon adventure on Switch will be a return to Kanto. The alleged Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee games (which now have registered domains) are said to be a revisiting of the first generation of games, and if the latest rumor to surface is true, Game Freak is really committing to that theme.

Today’s Pokémon gossip originally surfaced on 4chan (yeah, I know), but there’s reason to put some stock in it. The details were posted by the “Real Leaks” account, which is relevant because it was the first source to reveal many of the details about Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee that are now corroborated by multiple sources.

Way back on April 1st, Real Leaks made a post labeled “Let’s Go” that claimed the next Pokémon game would be a pair of Yellow remakes, Pikachu and Eevee versions. Real Leaks also claimed at the time that the games would feature Pokémon that follow you, that Red and Blue will play a role in the story (but not as the playable characters), and that the games would borrow some elements from Pokémon GO.

Many of these details have now been corroborated by numerous established media outlets, so perhaps Real Leaks lives up to the name after all. With that in mind, the leaker is now claiming that the Let’s Go! games will only contain Kanto Pokémon, the original 151 monsters introduced to the world nearly two decades ago.

If this turns out to be true, it would be a huge decision by Game Freak, akin to the move to include only new Pokémon in Black and White. Of course, the Switch games could also take a page out of Pokémon GO‘s book by adding new Pokémon to the adventure over time.

Source: Real Leaks

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