RUMOR: Bethesda is Facing Large Scale Issues Behind the Scenes

Fallout 76 has been the talk of the town recently, and for once not for good reason. Normally, the fan-favorite IP is making headlines for its vast post apocalyptic open world, filled with deep lore and interesting characters; but as of late, the state of the new multiplayer iteration of the series is being viewed as the exact opposite. Lifeless, buggy, empty, and lonely have all been buzzwords swarming around Fallout 76. While fans try to stay positive on the studio knowing that more traditional experiences are in the pipe from the main Bethesda Game Studios Rockville, Maryland studio, such as the new IP Starfield and the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls VI, a flurry of new rumors surrounding that studio are painting a darker stroke of the current climate.

In a post on 4Chan’s video game centered forum board, one user insinuates that much of the company is panicking behind the scenes on more than just Fallout 76. Responding to a comment, the user states:

So, you can all take the confirmation from the other day that Blades is delayed. I told you but you thought it was coming out with TGA.

Here’s a review: it’s a shit show right now. Starfield has been STUCK in a set of a half dozen NOWHERE development loops for almost 2-3 years. Entire studios are devoted to fixing these, but Maryland NEVER accepts the solution and they are always starting over. Space combat does not work in this engine. One studio made it work in a new engine, it was pretty awesome – but Maryland threw a fucking fit. Do we make a new level creation tool set, or so we pigeonhole a broken space combat feature into the old kit. Literally one year going back and forth on that and as of today we are NOWHERE. A half dozen more things like that.

Because shit is stuck, the story has been rewritten TWICE, and a while game’s worth of levels and bosses had been made and scrapped. People are seriously asking who is in charge.

Blades is about the only thing that’s making progress. And it’s shit. It’s not fun. Here’s what it is: it kind of works – that is, it seems to mostly function. But my god after the 2 minutes of novelty , tap and swipe swordplay – oh god it’s dull. VR fake, shallow TES is also fun for about 5 minutes. Still, soo many bugs, especially cross-platform (main reason for delay).

Fallout 76 is killing us, it’s causing panic and all these projects are unraveling.

Here’s the rub, though: the main problem is our CEO – a huge jackass who have never touched a videogame and is the worst sort of cash grabby EA type of person you could imagine. He has threatened physical violence on management and devs to get loot boxes etc into games.

No shit, look this up: he’s formerly a banking con man who got a slap on the wrist twice BECAUSE HIS CRIMES WERE DEEP IN GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION. Something about the drug trade and terrorism. No, I don’t have any inside knowledge on that – google BCCI.

A quick summary of the major points are as follows:

  • Blades is delayed due to its lack of fun, but is running functionally for the most part; biggest issues are with cross platform performance.
  • Fallout 76 is now the main focus with all of the major Bethesda Game Studios branches. Panic around the game is starting to have multiple projects unravel.
  • Starfield seems to be stuck in a development loop. Bethesda had multiple studios working on trying to fix the project until Fallout 76 issues, but has since started over multiple times. The Gamebryo/Creation engine seems to be the biggest issue. Supposedly one studio created a new engine for it that worked, but the head studio in Maryland wanted nothing to do with it. Story has been rewritten twice, and there seems to be no clear direction or no true leader assigned to the project.
  • CEO is trying to over-monetize multiple projects in anyway he can, from loot boxes to DLC. No background in games, but does have a bit of a shady past with association to the BCCI scandal in 1992.

The user, who remained anonymous, insinuates that he is an employee at one of the central Bethesda Game Studios; and considering he names the main Maryland studio as someone he’s working with, it seems he may be an employee of the Austin, Texas branch. If so, that would line up considering the development of Starfield seems to be headed by the Austin studio. Starfield has been rumored to be in development for several years, with preproduction beginning not long after Skyrim released. Rumors circulated that the game was supposed to be revealed at Bethesda’s E3 2017 conference, but was cut late into the event’s production.

What is truly interesting are the remarks regarding the CEO he mentions. By safe assumption, I would have to imagine he means the CEO of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of publisher/developer Bethesda, who is Robert Altman. After doing some research, Altman was charged in indictments by the New York District Attorney and the Department of Justice, as well as being named in a civil suit by the Federal Reserve in 1992, due to his alleged involvement in the BCCI scandal. Altman was acquitted of all charges, but it does line up with the rumors stated above. But all of this is also public information that is easily accessible.

Keep in mind, all of this is considered to be rumors and you should take it with the biggest mound of salt possible, but it is interesting to see how some of the supposed rumors or “leaks” lineup with various events surrounding the company. Personally, I hope none of this is the case because I want to see the company continue to succeed. They provide some of the most detailed worlds and craft some of the grandest adventures in gaming, and I truly think their narrative is only beginning from the publisher aspect (DOOM, Wolfenstein, Prey, etc). Yet, where there is smoke, there is at least the smallest flame.

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RUMOR: Microsoft Deep in Talks On Purchasing Studio Traditional Associated with PlayStation

Microsoft has continued to put themselves into position for future success over the last few years, after adjusting from the rocking start of the current console generation. Multiple acquisitions of long-time AA studios, along with the creation of multiple in-house developers have given the Xbox brand a stable of first party development teams that could help cut the distance Sony has created with the PlayStation 4, going into the future; and it seems they still aren’t done.

Twitter user Klobrille, who has dropped gaming news and rumors in the past, has released a tweet hinting that Microsoft is well along in acquisition talks with a studio who is traditionally associated with Sony and the PlayStation family of consoles. “Let’s make this Monday a bit more interesting” Klobrille begins. “I can say that Xbox is in advanced talks (a few months) with a mid-sized studio that historically worked together with PlayStation.”

Klobrille doesn’t go on record stating the name of the studio via Twitter due to the ongoing negotiations, but it has sparked the imagination of gamers and the media alike on who exactly the studio in question is.

One studio who could possibly fit the bill would be Ready at Dawn, out of Irvine, California. Known best for its work on last decade on the PSP with various God of War entries and the critically acclaimed Nintendo Wii port of Ōkami, the studio has most recently handled the development of Lone Echo for Oculus Rift in 2017 and the PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886 in 2015. The studio began working with Microsoft on the 2017 multiplayer brawler Deformers, that released on the Xbox One and Windows PCs; and given their lack of involvement with Sony for the past three years, it may look like the studio may be aiming their sights on the console team in green.

Another rumored studio would be Quantic Dream, the studio behind the PlayStation exclusives Heavy Rain (2010), Beyond: Two Souls (2013), and most recently, Detroit: Become Human (2018). Focusing on an interactive storytelling approach, much like that of now-closed TellTale Games, Quantic Dream has not released a game on a Microsoft platform (the last being 2005’s Fahrenheit on the Xbox) since partnering exclusively with Sony.

While we wait for more details on what to expect from Microsoft and their continued endeavor to support first party exclusives in the future, fans can continue to speculate on what exactly the company has hidden up their sleeve.

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RUMOR: New Details Leak on Respawn’s Star Wars: Fallen Order Game, Launching November

This past June at EA’s E3 2018 Play press conference, Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella confirmed that the studio will be bringing a new Star Wars experience to players in the near future, entitled ‘Star Wars: the Fallen Order’. While no gameplay footage or a release date was revealed during the event, Zampella assured fans that new information would be coming in the near future on the game; and while nothing official has been stated, we may have just landed a plethora of info surrounding what the game truly is and when we can expect to play it.

According to Reddit user u/Xyzsvtabc’s post on the subreddit r/StarWarsLeaks, the game will be coming out in November 2019 and takes place five years after ‘Revenge of the Sith’. He/she stated:

They said this is coming out in November. It takes place about 5 years after Revenge of the Sith and follows the main character whose name is Cal (I forget his last name). He’s was a paduwan that survived the efforts to kill all of the remaining jedi. Not a ton of gameplay info but some of the other story lines are that he has a mentor figure who is a woman named Ceres. The only other thing I remember is them talking about other characters they would come across from some of the comics. The mentioned the 9th sister and 2nd sister? Something about Inquisitors? I wish I could remember more about this. They showed a ton of artwork.

The user states that he was invited to a marketing presentation held by Disney, which provided details on what the Star Wars brand has for the upcoming new year. Along with the details regarding Fallen Order, he/she also provides details on a number of other Star Wars related projects, including the newly announced Mandalorian streaming show and the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX.

Respawn Entertainment, who are responsible for both entries in the Titanfall franchise, have been an EA owned development studio for over a year now, being purchased in November 2017 for an estimated $151 million in cash and $164 million in equity. The studio had also previously worked on the Call of Duty franchise before the implementation of Infinity Ward in 2010.

Many fans hope Respawn’s newest project will be a return to form for the Star Wars IP in regards to video games. This console generation has not been the kindest to fans of the classic space opera, as the franchise’s Battlefront series has negatively swallowed up the majority of the spotlight on its regards to gaming. Littered with loot bozes and microtransactions for basic elements to the gameplay at launch, the most recent entry, Star Wars: Battlefront II, was received an overabundant amount of negative feedback from fans and members of the industry alike; along with one of the most downvoted responses in Reddit history from an EA customer service representative, over 688,000 downvotes at the time of this writing.

Since this is strictly nothing but a rumor at this time, please remember to take this tidbit of info with a grain of salt. With that said, having a major blowout on Fallen Order at next year’s EA Play conference at E3 may tie in well to the 2019 theatrical release of Episode IX, set to release in next December. For now, we must use the force to help our patience while we wait.

RUMOR: Mortal Kombat XI to be Revealed at the Game Awards 2018, Leaked Info

In a report we posted a few weeks ago, it is rumored that Mortal Kombat XI is officially in development and possibly quite far a long, with additional language voicing taking place now. Building off of that, it now seems like we might be seeing the storied fighting series official announce its newest entry very soon.

In a 4chan post, a user claiming to be a QA tester with NetherRealm Studios has stated that Mortal Kombat XI will be unveiled to the world at the upcoming Game Awards 2018 show on Thursday, December 6th. He is quoted as providing the following information, verbatim:

>reveal in vga
>it will have 4 years of dev cycle (1 year concept 3 year full development) longest to date. 
> concepting actually even started while making MK X. They were always thought back to back games in terms of story
> It has proper adventure mode , new version of Shaolin Monks type of gameplay. pretty big deal , you can play and customize your character in this mode,lots of items for customize weapons etc shit too. Also boxes (daily, buyable etc..) 
>adventure mode is 2 player co-op , online or single. drop in drop out
> Story mode and adventure are different both are included. story mode is normal NRS game style.
> story evolve about 3 main character
> punishing raiden ; hes now punishing anyone trying to even dare to attack earthrealm 
> emperor liu kang and empress kitana ; preparing army and trying to find something of stone left from ages of those deity gods in MK universe(cant remember names elder god or something)
> Shang Tsung and Reiko they made deal with Kotal Kahn to protect and rule outworld security , reiko has it’s own agenda though gets killed middle of it.
> uses UE4 instead of UE3 like all other games of NRS
> animation cancel its actually not a.cancel but something of pseudo of it. Much as you can expect from a western company i guess looks infinitely better than MKX in terms of animations. Something similar to UMK3

> fujin is playable character
> johnny cage,goro,sonya,kano,baraka,mileena,ferratorr %100 not playable

That’s a lot of info to unpack, and a lot fo it would align with the development timeline that is rumored to be with the game. One of the biggest pieces of information to come out of this “leak” is the supposed return of an adventure-style mode of play, similar to the Konquest mode found in the fan-favorite entry Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. While a traditional story mode will still remain, the adventure mode will allow players to completely customize their character in a multitude of ways, similar to that of an RPG.

The last release in the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat X, was released in April 2015, to an swell of positive reviews. The game has stopped receiving DLC content since 2016’s release of Mortal Kombat XL, which includes all downloadable content available with the title.

With the Game Awards 2018 only five days away, fans of the series may not have wait much longer until they can hit their friends with the patented Scorpion chain again.

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RUMOR: Rocksteady’s Next Superman Project Possibly Leaked, Reveal Soon?

Rocksteady Studios, the development team behind the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham series, have been laying pretty low over the past few years, but have confirmed that they have a project in the works. We reported a few weeks ago that another Warner Bros studio, WB Games Montreal, may be showing an upcoming DC game to the press currently, but it looks like Rocksteady may be ready to speak on their new game as well; and it may just feature one of DC Comics’ greatest heroes.

First noticed by Reset Era user ‘est1992‘, a listing for a game developed by Rocksteady Studios entitled Superman: World’s Finest appeared on the site Game System Requirements. The site, which is primarily a hub for users to check what specifications a computer needs to run certain games at certain levels of quality, doesn’t provide an option for users to upload games to the site, giving it a little more credence to he possible listing. Est1992 also noted that the site also listed the upcoming Devil May Cry 5 a month before it was officially revealed.

While there is much to be skeptical around the post, some suggest that the site may pull from a Steam database that holds code and information surrounding current and future games on the storefront. It’s also not unfathomable to think that the site acts like other various outlets, and will list rumored games at times, if they are lead to believe something will be announced soon, giving them a jump on posting about it.

Superman has had his fair share of struggles making the leap to the gaming medium, with most games focused on him receiving poor responses from both fans and critics alike. The most infamous entry, Superman for the Nintendo 64 (1999), has been at times hailed the ‘worst game of all time‘.

Not all hope is lost for the Son of Krypton and his gaming escapades. Rocksteady, who has received praise for its handling of the Batman license, has shown both comic and gaming fans their ability to handle super heroes in a 3D space, all while incorporating smooth and fluent combat mechanics. Rumors of Superman: World’s Finest started picking up earlier this year, surrounding the possibility of the game being presented at E3 (included the supposed leaked marketing material shown below). Unfortunately, Rocksteady released a statement after the popular gaming and entertainment expo, saying the understand fans disappointment surrounding their absence, but wanted to deliver a game game said fans would be proud of; alluding that more would be shown soon.

With the Game Awards getting set to air next Thursday, December 6th, could we bet set to see the reveal of Rocksteady’s next project? We will have to tune in to see!

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RUMOR: ‘The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’ Teased for Nintendo Switch

It looks like Nintendo might be bringing the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to the Nintendo Switch, and giving it the HD treatment.

During the Legend of Zelda Concert in Osaka, Japan today, series producer Eiji Aonuma teased the crowd by saying “We know what you’re thinking: Skyward Sword on the Switch, right?”, which was received to mass applause from the audience, sources say. Various Japanese and Chinese Twitter profiles began spreading the information earlier today, with a few native speaking user providing translations. GameXplain made a video providing tons of translated tweets on the subject can be found here.

Skyward Sword, which released in November 2011 on the Nintendo Wii, is canonically the first entry in the series, confirmed by the series official timeline by the Hyrule Historia publications from Nintendo and Dark Horse Comics. The game, which was the first Zelda game to fully use the system’s motion controls in realistic fashion, was received extremely positive by both critics and fans. Many fans consider it to be an underrated entry in the series, which has pushed fans to ask to see it be brought back into the spotlight on Nintendo’s newest hardware.

The Legend of Zelda series continues to stay in headlines, with the recent hint from Game Informer editor Imran Khan that the next entry in the series may be “coming sooner than we think” along with a job posting by Nintendo specific to the series; and it looks like it isn’t stoping anytime soon. As always, take this with a huge grain of salt. Until official confirmation from Nintendo, please consider this a rumor, but here’s hoping we get to see the game make its way on to everyone’s favorite hybrid system!


Game Informer Editor Hints Next Zelda Entry Coming “Sooner Than We Think”

Outside of the Super Mario Bros series, the Legend of Zelda might be the second most recognizable gaming franchise in gaming history, with its newest entry Breath of the Wild hitting store shelves last year to astronomic critical acclaim and commercial success. With the development timeline for Breath of the Wild starting towards the begin of this decade, and considering many Nintendo platforms normally only see one mainline Zelda entry in its life cycle, its understandable for consumers to think the next entry in the storied fantasy series is still relatively far down the road; but according to Game Informer editor Imran Khan, we may be seeing the Hero of Hyrule return sooner rather than later.

In this past week’s Game Informer Show podcast (embedded below at the corresponding timestamp), Ben Hanson, Kyle Hillard, Brian Shea, Suriel Vazquez and Imran Khan sat down to talk about a number of topics, mostly revolving around their newest gameplay impressions from the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate. While touching on various topics, the group brings up views on when the next Zelda entry could be. While Hanson thinks the next entry could be a co-op game in the similar vein of Triforce Heroes, Imran responds “I was just thinking what should I say about that. The next Zelda will probably be sooner than we think.” When pushed for more information, he continued saying “I will talk to you guys off camera about stuff”, in a hesitant manner.

Triforce Heroes, which released in October 2015, is one of the first co-op oriented Zelda games to hit a Nintendo console in a decade, and while it received mixed reviews critically overall, fans and critics alike praised its multiplayer component. Since then, the team has remained somewhat quiet, leading fans and members of the media to insinuate that they may possibly be working on a new title for Nintendo’s newest console, the Nintendo Switch. When asked to confirm that the Triforce Heroes team was involved in the upcoming Zelda project, Imran timidly responded “Um, not exactly.”

Since its initial run of DLC ended this past December, fans have been craving for more Breath of the Wild content, whether it be in the form of DLC or even a Majora’s Mask style sequel. With Nintendo posting a recent job opening for a Zelda-related position,  which for all intents and purposes looks to be a replacement hiring, many signs point to the next epic battle between Ganon and Link to save Hyrule is well under way. We could even possibly see the franchise return to its 2D roots with a reimagining entry, such as the long rumored remake of Link’s Awakening (albeit on the Nintendo 3DS). Either way, we know that the long running series of fantasy adventure will inevitably return to the console, and we can only hope sooner rather than later.

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