E3 2018 is just around the corner, which means that E3 2018 rumors, leaks, and speculation have arrived in full force. Like any pre-E3, the road here has been filled with a lot of brief, official announcements of games like Fallout 76, The Division 2, and Super Smash Bros. for Switch that will be shown in more detail at E3.
Like any pre-E3, there have been a whole lot of unofficial leaks and rumors. Some of these have since been confirmed (see Rage 2, Hitman 2, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey). Here are some of the rumors floating around that haven’t been confirmed, alongside speculation of the likelihood that we’ll see them come to fruition at E3 2018. And after you’re done, check out our full list of every game confirmed for E3 2018.
Star Fox Grand Prix Rumors
Nintendo’s always a good place to start when it comes to rumors (just look at the fact that we’ve been holding our breath for Mother 3 for a decade). We know that Smash Bros., Metroid Prime 4, and a slew of Pokemon games are on their way to Switch. But one of the big rumors is regarding a possible Star Fox spin-off game from Retro Studios called Star Fox Grand Prix. Sources say that the game feels like a cross between F-Zero, Diddy Kong Racing, and a traditional Star Fox game, and that it would be released in 2019.
VERDICT: It’s most-likely real, but we probably won’t see it at E3.
Gears of War 5, Just Cause 4, and Splinter Cell Rumors
Early on in May, a Walmart Canada listing outed a whole mess of video games, and it was a lot to unpack. Some have already been confirmed, including Rage 2 and LEGO DC Villains. Some are complete madness, such as Forza Horizon 5 — the safe money is that Microsoft and Playground don’t just skip FH4. And of course, it seems like an inevitability that a new Gears of War, Just Cause, and Splinter Cell game are all in the works. But will we see them at E3? Just because a game popped up on this listing, doesn’t mean it’s coming to E3. We’re looking at you, Borderlands 3.
VERDICT: This leak seems pretty legit. Don’t be surprised to see the reveals of some combination of new Gears, Just Cause, and Splinter Cell games in the next week.
Fortnite for Nintendo Switch Rumors
At this point, Fornite for Switch seems like the worst kept secret in the industry. Even if it hadn’t already popped up on the Nintendo eShop, the fact that the biggest game on the planet would come to the newest console with the most momentum and a phenomenal attach rate is an absolute given. Hell, after Thanos showed up in Fortnite, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the game appear on Nintendo’s E3 2018 Direct featuring some sort of weird and awesome exclusive content.
VERDICT: It’s all but certain we’ll see it at E3.
Killer Queen Black, Overcooked! 2, and Dragon Ball FighterZ for Switch Rumors
When 4Chan leaked a traditional “out of focus and askew photo of a company’s E3 lineup,” it wasn’t really taken all that seriously. But then, as we mentioned above, signs started pointing to Fortnite on Switch being legit. And then Paladins was announced for Switch. Given how relatively-mundane this leak is, it’s a safe bet that we’ll be seeing a Dragon Ball FighterZ port, the sequel to the much-beloved Overcooked!, and the incredible arcade game Killer Queen finally coming to consoles with Killer Queen Black.
VERDICT: Like Fortnite, we’re fully expecting this to be a part of Nintendo’s E3 lineup.
Perfect Dark and Fable Rumors
While Sony has been completely transparent about the four major games they’re going to be focusing on at E3, Microsoft has been relatively quiet about their lineup. Forza Horizon 4 is a safe bet. Microsoft confirmed a rumor that Crackdown 3 would be once again delayed, this time into 2019. But what about recent rumors that both Perfect Dark and Fable were being rebooted, with the former being worked on by Playground? We’re taking these rumors with a bit of salt, but E3 2018 is definitely time for Microsoft to impress us with a hint of what’s to come over the next few years.
VERDICT: As much as we’d love to see Perfect Dark and Fable, the rumors simply don’t have enough weight to them.
Devil May Cry 5 Rumors
With the incredible Resident Evil 7 and Monster Hunter World both out the door, we’ve been wondering what Capcom has been working on. We know Mega Man 11 is on the horizon, but what about their other major franchises? Well, given the news that Capcom has just this week registered the “Devil May Cry 5” domain name, we think we’ll be seeing the return of Dante at E3 2018. The big question is, will it be a true sequel? Will it wipe away everything from Ninja Theory’s DmC? Or will it be a complete reboot?
VERDICT: Solid chance this is happening at E3. The question is, on which stage?
Cyberpunk 2077 Rumors
CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 has been a white whale of ours for a better part of the decade. Since the game’s 2012 (!) reveal, the studio has gone on relative radio silence regarding the project, instead (and understandably) focusing on The Witcher 3. However, now that Geralt’s story is done, it finally seems like it’s time for Cyberpunk 2077 to come out of hibernation. Given that the official E3 exhibitor directory lists CD Projekt as a part of the show, it’s safe to say it’s finally time for the Polish studio to lift the curtain.
VERDICT: We’re confident this will be at E3, but like DMC 5, the question is where will it be.
Rocksteady’s Superman/Justice League Rumors
These rumors seem to always bubble up right before E3. After the amazing things they did with the Batman Arkham trilogy, we’ve all been curious as to what developer Rocksteady would do next. Sticking with a DC Superhero seems to make sense, which is why we keep listening when rumors of a Superman or Justice League game pop up. It’s been three years since Arkham Knight was released back in 2015, so we’re about due to hear what the developer has in store. A recent supposed poster leak pointed at a game called “World’s Finest,” which comic fans know mean a team-up of Batman and Superman. Regardless of what the project is, we can’t wait to see what Rocksteady has lined up next.
VERDICT: Logic makes it seem like E3 2018 is a good time for Rocksteady to reveal its next superhero adventure, but these rumors don’t hold much weight to us.
Nintendo 64 Classic Rumors
Given how hard it was to find an NES and SNES Classic on store shelves, Nintendo replicating that success with the Nintendo 64 seems like a given. We have a trademark for the miniature console, as well as our list of the games that Nintendo NEEDS to include in the package. So the question now isn’t so much is the N64 Classic happening, but rather when. E3 seems like a good time for a big reveal, but the SNES Classic was announced shortly after E3 last year, so maybe Nintendo will follow the same pattern and wait a few weeks to showcase the Nintendo 64 Classic.
VERDICT: We think this is real, but Nintendo probably won’t show it at E3.
Prey DLC Rumors
We know Bethesda’s E3 2018 showcase is going to shine a spotlight on the recently-revealed Rage 2 and Fallout 76. But that doesn’t mean that the publisher is going to forget about some games that have already come out. At last year’s E3, we saw Dishonored 2 grow with Death of the Outsider. This year, given the recent Twitter tease from the official Prey account, there are rumors that we’ll be getting a similar expansion to Arkane’s atmospheric 2017 shooter. Rumors continued to build when Arkane updated Achievements in Prey, which ended up spelling out a hidden message.
VERDICT: Bethesda’s conference has to be more than just Fallout 76 and Rage 2, and Prey DLC seems like an obvious fit.
These are just some of the rumors we’ve heard, but what about you? Let us know your favorite E3 rumor, and which games you’re most excited to see over the next week.