E3 is just over a month away. That means two things – my blood pressure is rapidly increasing, and retailer and publisher leaks are going to start flowing like water. The first big leak of the year comes to us via Walmart’s Canadian website, which has seemingly listed just about every game you could want in the next six to 18 months.
Take the list with a grain of salt, though, because for every likely listing is accompanied by a weird or hopeful one. There’s some stuff we know is in the works. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 has its own website already. We’ve seen multiple trailers for The Last of Us 2. Super Smash Bros. has already been announced as a 2018 Switch game.
Among things that qualify as potential leaks, there are a few names to raise eyebrows in this list. Borderlands 3 seems like an obvious sequel, and LEGO DC Villains makes sense as DC’s baddies have been getting as much attention as its heroes lately, but the “Villans” spelling isn’t inspiring any confidence. Splinter Cell has been floating around, and Ubisoft’s inclusion of Sam Fisher in a recent Ghost Recon Wildlands update seems to suggest they are getting ready to turn the lights back on for their stealth-action series. Rage 2, which would be a sequel to Id Software’s 2010 shooter Rage would be a big surprise, though, as the original didn’t exactly send people running to retailers.
Let’s talk about the weird ones and potential fake-outs, though. The standout on the list is “Forza Horizons 5,” which is not a real game that exists. We’re pretty sure Microsoft is going to announce Forza Horizon 4 this year, but there’s no such thing as Forza Horizons and Horizon 5 isn’t coming until 2020. It’s always possible Microsoft is doing something weird with the Forza series, but this seems unlikely. Also unlikely is Gears of War 5. Gears of War 4 just hit in 2016, while we haven’t had a Halo since 2015. “Dragon Quest 2” could refer to a sequel to Dragon Quest Builders, maybe. Maybe.
And then there are the games that are coming – but definitely not this year. Assassin’s Creed seems unlikely after Ubisoft’s critical success with waiting a year on Assassin’s Creed Origins. Listing a Final Fantasy 7 remake on a retail site sounds like someone’s hopeful fantasy, and Metroid Prime 4, while in the works, is likely a 2019 game at the very earliest. We still don’t fully believe that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is coming out.
Meanwhile, known-2018 releases like Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Spider-Man are missing from the list.
There’s a lot to chew on here. Like I said, though, you’ll want to take each of these listings with an ocean’s worth of salt.
Check out the gallery below for the listings, and click the link below to see for yourself – but it’s likely Walmart will have taken these down by the time we’re sitting down for lunch. And if there’s truth to any of it, someone’s likely going to be doing a lot of apologizing to some of gaming’s very biggest publishers.
We’ll probably find out when E3 2018’s glut of press conferences starts on June 10th.
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