This is Rumor Has It – ya know, like that song the nice lady sang about the dude with the break up and something about rain getting set on fire. Whatever. What I’m getting at it there’s always rumors. We thrive off of them. We Speculate what truth there is behind them. We build expectations from unconfirmed information. So, every week I’ll be sifting through our industry’s rumors to make sure we know exactly what to expect. Or maybe I’ll only help a little. Fuck it. I guarantee nothing.
E3 just wrapped up, and it was relatively disappointing. A whole mess of rumors seemed so awesome, and their awesomeness turned to falseness after a few short hours of conferences. Apparently, incredible surprises weren’t allowed in at this year’s E3 – save for Watch_Dogs. I admit the lack of “oohs” and “ahs” is my fault, though. I should never have said, “Gabe, this is your year. What better time than now for everything you ever wanted?”
I’ve come to terms with Mirror’s Edge 2 not being there, but it’s real. It has to be. A famous twentieth century, rapping canine once said, “I gotta believe!” So I will.
Regardless, many rumors showed up over the last few weeks and turned out to be nothing but fallacies. To ease the disappointing blow, let me run through some of the bigger let downs. Prepare your bodies because you’re about to relive the misery these games left in their absence.
Retro Studios: Seriously, this was one of the two things I wanted from Nintendo this year. And with Retro themselves saying they’re working on something everyone will really enjoy only a few weeks prior to the big show, it was easy to think they’d be the highlight of Nintendo’s show. Nope.
No sign from the big guys at all. Seriously. When asked about it, the Purple Pikmin himself said Retro’s game won’t be out for a while. Well, that’s kills a lot of interest in the Wii-U’s launch window. Wait. Maybe Retro was at the show and nobody even noticed. Maybe that “something everyone would like” was in front of our eyes that whole time. No, it can’t be.
Kingdom Hearts only showed what we thought it would show: In “Well, at least something was there” news, Kingdom Hearts 3D looks stupid good. I loved Birth by Sleep with all of my heart (Get it? I did a thing). But the HD collection rumor really got me going.
The idea of bringing every Kingdom Hearts game to our lovely HD consoles was really ambitious. Seeing a DS getting ported to a console made the idea a little shaky, but I still kept my hopes up.
Once again, I was wrong. Whatever. “I guarantee nothing,” remember?
No Final Fantasy: I lied. There was no Final Fantasy game we cared about at E3. Final Fantasy XIV was there. Yeah. Remember that gem? Well it’s getting some reboot or something. Cool.
There’s not even a whisper of Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Not really surprising, but I was really excited for a rename. Something about it makes me think the game would actually come out.
Tokyo Game Show is the usual place for all things fantastically final, so maybe my rename will still happen. One can dream, but hopefully it won’t be a Fal’cie’s dream.
No Next Gen Consoles: Jack Tretton said the next Sony console will not be the cheapest, not be the first to come out, but the best one on the market. That little remark is more clear and understandable than anything Nintendo has said over the last two years about the Wii-U. It’s embarrassing, Reggie. Do something about it.
It wasn’t much of a surprise that Sony didn’t show anything for their next console, though. It was surprising that they didn’t push the Vita much. Seriously, what was up with that?
Maybe some of these rumors will come true later on this year. It might take until next year for some of these to see the light of day. And there’s always the possibility for these to be fake. That makes me sad, so I’ll keep my dreams alive…Mirror’s Edge 2.