Some rumors have already proven to be true.
E3 2019 feels like it's already underway, with Google Stadia Connect, EA Play, and other pre-E3 events revealing several announcements and trailers. In addition to these officially sanctioned events, rumors and leaks have popped up, spoiling potential surprises that are lined up for E3 and its various press conferences. To help you keep track of the rumors that appear to be legitimate, we're rounding them all up here.
[Update: Many of the big leaks and rumors concerned things that ended up revealing themselves at the Xbox press conference. Elden Ring was confirmed as the new game from George RR Martin and From Software, the studio behind Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro. Even bigger news was the new Xbox, Scarlett, now called Xbox Series X. Microsoft confirmed it will release Holiday 2020 alongside Halo Infinite.]
Remember, nothing detailed in this article has been confirmed unless otherwise noted--we'll let you know if any of these are announced before E3. Quite a few have already been confirmed, including Death Stranding's release date, the fact that Call of Duty 2019 will be a new Modern Warfare, and Watch Dogs Legion.
What you'll find below is a collection of speculations based off of small tidbits of information, leaked details, and investigative reports. That said, if our collection of E3 2018 rumors is any indication, some speculations can turn out to be fact. Last year, rumors that E3 2018 would see the announcement of Hitman 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey ultimately turned out to be true. Prior to E3, there was also speculation that CD Projekt Red would show off Cyberpunk 2077 (and boy did they) and that Bethesda would announce something Fallout related (and we got Fallout 76).
More leaks and rumors are bound to pop up the closer we get to E3 2019, so continue to check back on this article as we get closer to June. We'll continue to update the following list of rumors as they come up (provided there's weight behind them).
George R.R. Martin And From Software Collab Is Elden Ring
The rumored collaboration project between author George R.R. Martin (A Song Of Ice And Fire) and From Software (Dark Souls, Sekiro, Bloodborne) has been leaked, and it's called Elden Ring--key art was shown alongside the leak as well.
The novelist has already confirmed he's been consulted on some game that's being made by a Japanese developer but didn't reveal which one. Rumors popped up in March that the developer in question is Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice creator From Software. Gematsu has since reported that someone "familiar with ongoings at From Software" confirmed the rumors to be true, but neither Martin nor From Software have made an official statement.
Regardless, the rumors go on to say that, whatever the game is, it will feature various kingdoms to explore and that killing the rulers of each kingdom will allow you to unlock powerful abilities. Gematsu's source (which the outlet has stated they have not been able to verify) has added that the game is internally known at From Software as "GR," has been in development for three years, and contains a world and story that's a collaborative effort between Martin and Dark Souls III and Bloodborne director Hidetaka Miyazaki. The game is also supposedly scheduled to be revealed at E3 2019 during Microsoft's press conference.
Even if the source hasn't been verified, it all sounds fairly plausible. Especially since, back in January 2019, Miyazaki announced From Software was already working on two games, both of which would come out after Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and be similar in scope and tone to From Software's Soulsborne titles. Both Miyazaki and Martin are known for their intricate dark fantasies, so a partnership between the two is very believable. With Sekiro only a few months old, though, it doesn't seem likely From Software would announce another new game for 2019 (even if it has been in development for three years). Seeing a trailer at E3 teasing a TBA 2020-2021 release seems a bit more plausible. We'd happily love to be wrong though.
The New Tales RPG Will Be Tales Of Arise
While we don't know much about the nature of the new entry in the long-running Tales RPG series, we do know that it'll be called Tales Of Arise. A few screenshots were shown along with the leak, and it appears that the series is undergoing a major visual overhaul with realistic-looking environments with some anime-inspired touches to stay in tune with the series roots. It's also been said to be slated for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Remaster Coming
Another Bandai Namco related leak points to a remaster of the hit RPG Ni no Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch. One of the striking elements of Ni no Kuni was its art style, which was done in collaboration with famed Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli. Ni no Kuni originally came out for PS3 and incorporated a heart-felt story with Pokemon-inspired battle mechanics--it looks like we'll finally be able to play it on current-gen platforms.
Ubisoft Announces A Rainbow Six Siege Spin-Off
Nibel, an industry insider known for reliably revealing new information about games prior to their official announcement, is at it again. This time it's for a Ubisoft game, which is supposedly going to be revealed during the company's E3 press conference.
Update: Rainbow Six Quarantine is a co-op PVE shooter that will be announced at Ubisoft's E3 2019— Nibel (@Nibellion) June 7, 2019
Rainbow Six Quarantine is rumored to be a spin-off of Rainbow Six Siege. Specifically, Quarantine supposedly transforms Siege's limited-time March 2018 Outbreak mode into a full game. Outbreak was a PvE mode that had you and a team fight your way through a three-mission long campaign, where you'd need to rely on the unique abilities of Siege's Operators to make tactical plays and strategically advance through zombie-like hordes. The mode was very popular, but we'll have to wait until Ubisoft's Monday E3 press conference to see whether the developer is transforming it into its own game.
Ninja Theory Reveals New Multiplayer Game, Bleeding Edge
Microsoft teased that it will showcase 14 first-party Xbox titles during its E3 2019 press conference, and it appears one of them will be from Hellblade developer Ninja Theory. A trailer for a game called Bleeding Edge leaked on ResetEra ahead of this year's Xbox briefing. This isn't the first we've heard of the title--its name had previously been leaked on NeoGAF--but it is the first we've seen of it, confirming its existence. Bleeding Edge is a 4v4 online melee combat game that resembles a cross between Overwatch and Rage 2, melding hero-based gameplay with the Mad Max-style aesthetic of the latter. According to the leaked trailer, a technical alpha test for Bleeding Edge will begin later this month, on June 27.
New Alien Game Is Revealed
Writer Chris L'Etoile, who is perhaps best known for his contributions to BioWare franchises like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, teased on Twitter that he might be working on a new Alien game. Whatever it is, he says it'll be revealed "soon."
Well that was a surprise.— a writer (@WS_Dandelion) June 4, 2019
To be clear to everyone interested, I'm not the sort of person who announces new games. I just talk about my part in the symphony.
Xbox Reveals Gamertag Changes
Sources told WindowsCentral that among Microsoft's E3 2019 announcements will be updates to Xbox Live Profiles and Gamertags specifically. Under the new, rumored system, users can create any name they want, even if it's already taken. In the case of duplicate name, a hash number would be shown at the end. So even if BiggestHaloFan was taken, you could choose BiggestHaloFan#001 or some other variation. The report also states that players may be able to create different names for different games. Go to WindowsCentral to see a full rundown of the rumors.
Ubisoft Announces Watch Dogs Legion [Confirmed]
An Amazon UK listing spoiled what looks to be one of the big surprises Ubisoft may have in store for its press conference. Watch Dogs Legion is apparently the name of the third Watch Dogs game. According to the leak, it's set in a post-Brexit UK and will allow you to assume control of any character in the world. [Update: Ubisoft confirmed Watch Dogs Legion with a brief teaser. That seemed to suggest the game is indeed set in the UK and will involve something unusual with NPCs.]
Destiny 2's New Shadowkeep DLC Goes Back To The Moon [Confirmed]
Destiny 2's future content is set to be revealed ahead of E3. But before that can happen, dataminers have uncovered what appear to be some of the key details about what's next. The upcoming expansion is reportedly called Shadowkeep and will launch this fall. It involves a return to a Destiny 1 location, the moon, with the Hive taking center stage as the main antagonists. Fans have also discovered an image file that references cross-save; as it stands, Destiny 2 players are locked to the platform of their choice.
Baldur's Gate 3 Is Announced [Confirmed]
Larian Studios appears to have some kind of announcement up its sleeve, as its website has been updated to tease something involving the number three. Your mind might quickly jump to Divinity: Original Sin 3, a follow-up to its series of games that have established Larian as an RPG powerhouse in recent years. But instead, it looks as if it might be something quite different.
As discovered in the metadata of the website, Larian may be working on Baldur's Gate III. This is the series that BioWare was famous for back in the day, and a third entry would be a major surprise, given that Baldur's Gate II was released way back in 2000.
Death Stranding Release Date, Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed [Confirmed]
Sony won't be at E3, but at least one of PS4's big first-party games will be getting details in advance of the show. Following a tease from Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding has taken over PlayStation's Twitch account. The ongoing stream features a varying number of hand shapes that seem to obscure footage of a trailer or gameplay. Among other things, we've seen some kind of bike vehicle that you'll apparently be able to use in the game. This stream is counting toward some kind of reveal--perhaps of a trailer--on May 29, but it's coincided with a leak of both its pre-order bonuses and a release date.
According to a mistaken Facebook post (removed, but shared on Twitter) from PlayStation's Taiwanese account, Death Stranding's PS4 release date is set for November 8, 2019. Separately, the pre-order page for Death Stranding on the PlayStation Store briefly went live, revealing the pre-order bonuses (once again, removed but still visible on Twitter). These include a PS4 theme and a variety of gold-colored in-game items, such as armor and sunglasses. [Update: Sure enough, this one has proven to be accurate--the release date is confirmed for November 8. We also got a new trailer.]
Ubisoft Announces Multiplayer-Focused Roller Derby Game
Through unconfirmed leaks, it's been announced that Ubisoft will announce a roller derby game during its E3 press conference. Called Roller Champions, the game supposedly rocks Fortnite-like character designs and Rocket League-like mechanics, arenas, and multiplayer modes. Based on the leak, Roller Champions looks to be both entirely multiplayer and an always-online game, with no option to play couch co-op.
No actual gameplay for Roller Champions has been leaked, but a video of apparent in-game visuals has. We've seen what looks to be two different arenas for players to skate in. The first is a sunny beachside track, while the second is an indoor, professional stadium. Like Rocket League, an assortment of randomly generated people populates the cheering crowd.
Ubisoft has already revealed it has three unannounced games in the works, all of which are scheduled to launch sometime between in Q1 2020. There's a chance that Roller Champions is one of those three games, as Ubisoft described all three unannounced games as full-priced releases that provide "unique experiences." As far as Ubisoft is concerned, you can't get much more unique than a roller derby game.
Microsoft Unveils At Least One Next-Gen Xbox Console
Microsoft is rumored to be working on two next-gen Xbox consoles, and it's possible at least one is being announced at E3 this year. The first, codenamed Lockhart, is supposedly the budget-oriented, standard edition of the console. Meanwhile, the second, codenamed Anaconda, is the high-powered version--equivalent to Xbox One's more powerful One S and One X variations.
Microsoft is already expected to discuss its plans for next-gen at E3 2019, but it's unclear if the company is planning something as big as a full reveal (complete with price points, launch titles, and features) or smaller teases of what's to come. There's been speculation that the next-gen Xbox consoles will be geared towards wider audiences with a lower price of entry, and include new technology in line with Microsoft's focus on selling games as opposed to hardware. This would fall in line with what Phil Spencer told GeekWire in regards to consoles.
"That is not where you make money," Spencer said. "The business inside of games is really selling games, and selling access to games and content in means like that is the fundamental business. So if you open it up, the more often people can play, the more they're enjoying the art form. It increases the size of the business."
Though it's still speculation, Microsoft's next-gen Xbox consoles are expected to release no earlier than Fall 2020.
Infinity Ward's Call Of Duty 2019 Is Modern Warfare [Confirmed]
Traditionally, Activision reveals the name of its new Call of Duty games in May, but the month is already almost over and there's no planned announcement in sight. That hasn't stopped fan speculation though, and rumors are pointing to the new Call of Duty game being Modern Warfare 4. However, it now looks as if the game will carry a number-less title--Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. That's according to YouTuber LongSensation. Whatever the game is called, it's been confirmed to appear at E3 2019, and it's already playable.
Following the established rotation, Infinity Ward has been confirmed as the developer for Call of Duty 2019. Other than revealing Call of Duty will include a traditional single-player campaign and co-op gameplay in a "huge expansive multiplayer world," Infinity Ward hasn't announced any concrete details about the game. However, several teases and tweets from the developer's staff have hinted towards Infinity Ward working on a game related to its popular Modern Warfare series.
Rumors that Call of Duty 2019 is Modern Warfare 4 began when Infinity Ward senior communication manager Aston Williams dropped a hint pointing back to the series. Those rumors gained traction when five Infinity Ward veterans--all of whom had a major influence in developing Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, and Modern Warfare 3 before leaving Infinity Ward to go work with Respawn on Titanfall and Titanfall 2--changed their LinkedIn profiles to showcase their return to the Activision studio and crucial roles in Call of Duty 2019's development. [Update: Indeed, this year's Call of Duty is Modern Warfare, and it releases in October. It will have cross-play and no season pass.]
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Microsoft Brings Back The Fable Series
Speculations about a fourth Fable game have been circulating the internet for years, but a new rumor published by an alleged industry insider has revealed Microsoft is finally set to tease a new title for the series during the company's E3 press conference. Between the rumors that Microsoft is revealing a new console, a new From Software game, and now a new Fable, it certainly seems like Xbox boss Phil Spencer is keeping his promise the company would "go big" at E3 this year.
The industry insider, whose whole report can be read on NeoGAF, writes, "Some speculate it's actually Fable IV, but the reality is that it's a new beginning for the Fable franchise. This game started development in late 2017 and has been in development now for little over two years now. It is a next-gen game only and you will most likely not see it until 2021 at retail at the earliest. You will see a glimpse of a small teaser trailer most likely at this year's E3 and in 2020 you will see much more of the game."
Petri executive editor Brad Sams, who's well-known for his track record in reliably breaking Microsoft news, has confirmed on Twitter that he's heard a new Fable game is in the works. He doesn't know if Microsoft plans on revealing the game during E3 2019, but thinks it's "highly plausible."
If the full NeoGAF report is to be believed, we'll see quite a few other Xbox console exclusives at E3 2019, including previously announced Gears 5 and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Perhaps more importantly, the report suggests Microsoft is ready to start revealing the games being made by all the studios it acquired in 2018--starting with Ninja Theory, which is supposedly going to announce a sci-fi game scheduled for 2020 called Bleeding Edge.
Nintendo Announces New Switch Just After Its Direct
Nintendo has already confirmed it won't be announcing a new Switch iteration during E3, but that doesn't mean the company won't reveal its existence in the weeks prior to the show or immediately after. Sure it's no longer an E3 announcement at that point, but we're including it in this list anyway since we imagine the reveal is happening close to the dates of the show.
Unlike Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch is still relatively young and nowhere near the end of its lifecycle. That hasn't quelled the rumors of new iterations of the Switch, consoles that would be similar to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. Nintendo has a long history of making multiple versions of its hardware. That history is mostly handhelds, like the DS and 3DS, but Nintendo has made multiple iterations of its consoles too.
Seeing as it's been two years since the Switch's release, it stands to reason that Nintendo has a new iteration (or two) of its latest console in the works. This past March, The Wall Street Journal reported two new Switch models would release by the end of 2019. The first would be a cheaper, pared-down version while the second would be an enhanced variation aimed at more "avid" players.
In April, Japanese newspaper Nikkei seemingly confirmed the existence of the first Switch, again writing that it would release by the end of 2019. Later that month, Bloomberg lent further weight to the rumor of a new, pared down Switch coming in 2019 (only this time suggesting it could possibly release as soon as June). However, neither source confirmed the existence of a rumored enhanced Switch.
Nintendo has neither confirmed nor denied the rumors. But there's enough there to believe the pared-down Switch is coming this year, and empty spaces surrounding E3 present the perfect opportunity for an announcement--especially if the console does release in June. Nintendo has already confirmed it's holding its annual E3 Direct this year. The video presentation will feature quite a few games, but will most likely focus on Pokemon Sword / Shield and Animal Crossing, both scheduled for Switch releases in 2019.