The E3 season is a time of great announcements and revelations, and game publishers go to great lengths to keep their surprises a secret until the big time comes. But no matter how hard they try to keep all the secrets hidden, leaks always find a way to emerge in the days and weeks leading up to their big events.
Are they really that bad? You may miss this singular moment of sheer surprise, but some leaks can lead to pre-advertising at even higher levels causing anticipation for a great game. There’s a big difference between waiting for something and having a reasonable expectation (with screenshots!) That it will happen, after all. Whether you live them or hate them, leaks are inevitable and by 2021 there are plenty of them.
With E3 (and all the rest of the summer gaming events) just around the corner, here’s a look at what we’ve seen before.
E3 leaks show so far
💧 Two-point campus – The Two Point Hospital follow-up appeared prematurely in the Microsoft Store last week, and although it was removed in a relatively short order, the list was long enough for everyone to look good. Two Point Campus will allow players to build and manage their own higher education institute, where students can enroll in courses such as Knight School and Gastronomy, which will teach them how to make "giant pizzas and huge cakes." Obviously, it's ready, so I hope to see it made official during the Xbox / Bethesda showcase.
💧 Game Marvel XCOM – 2K Games gave us a two-for-one leak last week, starting with a "turn-based action game" from Firaxis, codenamed CODA and described as "XCOM with Marvel Heroes." Personally, I'd rather have XCOM, but this one might have a better chance of building an audience than Square Enix's fighting Avengers game: the leak source said the characters will be voiced by "famous actors," opening the door to the possibility that the game is related to Marvel movies rather than comics.
💧 The derivation of Tiny Tina from Gearbox – The second part of the 2K leak points us to a new Borderlands game centered around Tiny Tina, possibly called Wonderlands. This was given credibility by the discovery of "PlayWonderlands" in the source code of bechaoticgreat.com, a teaser site for "a new Gearbox and 2K adventure" that will be revealed tomorrow, June 10, on the live broadcast of Summer Game Fest Kickoff.
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💧 Final Fantasy Origin – A Final Fantasy Souls? Sure, why not? According to reports, in development on Team Ninja, this (if the rumor is true) will be similar to Nioh, with a "more accessible" game than other entries of the genre and difficulty settings, which are also not a common feature of Souls. The expectation is that it will appear during Square Enix's E3 program and the hope is that it will have a new title if it does, if only to avoid confusion with the 2002 release. Final Fantasy Origins.
💧 Elden ring – Will Elden Ring finally appear at E3? This is one of the big questions of the year, and our internal Ringer has a good feeling about it. Some of this, no doubt, comes from a tweet by Geoff Keighley alluding to escaping from the players' prison (where he appears to have been trapped since he didn't show Elden Ring last year). past), but is reinforced by a leak in early May of the alleged images of Elden Ring. It’s dark and blurry, lasts seven seconds, and doesn’t really show us a lot of anything, but as Shaun said at the time, at least it’s one thing.
Escapes for the end of the year
💧 BattleCat – BattleCat is He-Man's giant feline companion. Apparently, it’s also the working name of a new competitive shooter in development at Ubisoft that will mix features from the Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon and The Division series in various game modes, including one that sounds alarmingly like Sonic the Hedgehog. However, this aspect is quite solid as these things move forward, although the leak indicates that it will not appear at this weekend's Ubisoft Forward event.
💧 The Heartland Division – The Division: Heartland was announced to the world on May 6th. Ten days later, images of closed beta games exploded through the door. It was low quality, but it revealed elements of the game that Ubisoft hadn't shared yet: it's a third-person cover shooter, at least one type of NPC enemy is called Pilgrim, and players can use two weapons and a melee weapon, and make dodge and slide rolls. To all intents and purposes, it seems to be a division game, although, as the title and key art of Heartland suggest, it takes place in a much more rural setting than other games in the series.
💧 Skater Tony Hawk Pro – Jess Margera, CKY drummer and Bam's brother, appeared to be tossing the coin of a new Tony Hawk Pro skater during a recent Behind Closed Doors podcast. CKY has a track on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 soundtrack, and Margera said during the interview that she will have a song about "the new one will come out too." The band does not appear in Tony Hawk's newly released remaster Pro + Skater 1 + 2, and later in the interview, Margera says that her children are already playing this game anyway, strongly suggesting that she is talking about something completely different, like a new Tony Hawk. Game Pro Skater.
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💧 Call of Duty: Vanguard – The word on the street, thanks to a leak in March, is that the next Call of Duty game will take us back to the morally simpler glory days of World War II. The details are still very much fluid: Modern Warzone reported that some elements of the game were set in the 1950s, possibly pointing to a high history setting where the war did not end in 1945, while Eurogamer he said it will have a traditional World War II setting, but one way or another it looks like we are going back to the past. A more recent rumor claims that it will not appear during the E3 festivities, but it will be revealed at a war zone event at the end of this year.
💧 Shin Megami Tensei 5 – This relatively recent leak came to us through the official Japanese website Shin Megami Tensei, which prematurely posted details about the upcoming game, including the November 11 release date. It is possible that this date is only for Japan and so far Shin Megami Tensei 5 appears exclusively for Nintendo Switch (so we are releasing it) Central person for this one), but Atlus has started bringing its games to PC and so we have enough hope to include it in our list.
Filtered and confirmed: a special case
💧 Battlefield 2042 – The latest iteration of EA's long Battlefield series leaked so much that developer DICE made a joke about it on Twitter. Despite the volume of leaks, ranging from blurry screenshot to a title, nothing too important escaped, and in the end everything turned out to be legitimate: Battlefield 2042 has been officially unveiled today, the first salvation of the battle which is approaching for your online attention. .
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It’s a long list of leaks, but remember that more will almost certainly come. The big summer of online events starts seriously tomorrow with Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live, which starts at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET) and the showcases of major publishers don’t they start until Saturday. There’s a long way to go to get even more out of it, and frankly, I’ll be surprised if nothing else does. To get the full schedule of all the shows that will take place this summer, keep your eyes firmly on our E3 2021 schedule.