The best part of any E3 show are the surprises. There’s nothing quite like watching the biggest gaming show of the year with fans across the world and collectively gawking as that completely unexpected title appears on-screen. It’s the kind of magical moment that elevates E3 above the status of just another industry show.
Of course, if you’d rather just say nuts to all that, then there are plenty of E3 leaks out there for you to enjoy now. Yes, without fail, every E3 season is accompanied by a series of industry leaks that spoil the surprises before publishers ever even hit the stage. This year is no exception. In fact, some of the leaks this year have been so strong that companies have had to reveal their games ahead of schedule.
Whether you’re just trying to keep up with the “leaked” games that are actually coming to E3 or the wildest rumors making the rounds around the internet, here’s a look at what’s been leaked ahead of the show:
What began as part of the now-infamous Walmart leaks – more on those later – is now a confirmed part of E3 2018. While few people were expecting to ever see a sequel to the cult-classic shooter Rage, we can confirm that one is on the way. What’s particularly interesting about this sequel is that it is reportedly being co-developed by the same team responsible for the excellent Mad Max game, Avalanche Studios. Add it all up and you’ve got an exciting post-apocalyptic open-world game that looks ready to surpass the success of the original Rage.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Activision and developer Treyarch have elected to reveal the next Call of Duty title ahead of E3 2018. Actually, the game’s formal reveal was a presentation worthy of an E3 showcase. As for the game itself…well, Black Ops 4 looks like the most interesting Call of Duty title in years. Between the game’s revamped multiplayer – which will emphasize team play and specialized roles – a time traveling Zombies mode, and the first battle royale mode in series history, Black Ops 4 might just have what it takes to free the Call of Duty franchise from its complacency.
There was no shortage of Battlefield 5 rumors leading up to E3 2018, so we weren’t surprised to see DICE formally reveal the game ahead of the show. The next Battlefield game doesn’t look like it will completely re-invent the wheel, but this World War II multiplayer shooter will tweak some of Battlefield 1‘s biggest annoyances while introducing an expanded character creation system that lets you evolve your soldier as you play.
We were shocked to learn that Bethesda is working on a new Fallout project and even more shocked to learn that Fallout 76 will likely be an online multiplayer title that will take the franchise in a slightly new direction. We know for sure that Fallout 76 will feature a story that focuses on Vault 76, one of the first vaults to open after the nuclear war, and that it will be at E3 2018. Beyond that, there are just those fascinating reports regarding what kind of game this will be and how it will evolve the survival elements of the series.
We weren’t sure if we’d ever get another IO-developed Hitman game after the developer was dropped by Square Enix, but it looks like Warner Bros. has picked up the ball and is ready to publish the Hitman sequel we so desperately crave. The latest Hitman game proved that this franchise is capable of surprising even longtime fans, and there’s little reason to believe that Hitman 2 won’t further the successful revival of this series.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
It looks like yearly Assassin’s Creed games are back on the menu, as Ubisoft has confirmed the development of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Based on early information made available through official – and unofficial – channels, this new game will take place in ancient Greece and will use many of the design elements and gameplay refinements introduced by Assassin’s Creed: Origins.Considering how surprisingly good that game was, we’re excited to see what Odyssey will add to this reinvigorated franchise.
Team Sonic Racing
Just hours after someone leaked a listing for a new Sonic racing game, Sega formally revealed Sumo Digital’s Team Sonic Racing. Anyone familiar with Sumo Digital’s previous Sonic racing games will tell you that this studio has been making some of the most underrated racing titles in recent years. We’re excited to see what happens when Sumo Digital once again steps behind the wheel of this series and tries to overtake Mario Kart as the premier name in modern kart racing.
The Walmart Leaks: Gears of War 5, Splinter Cell, Just Cause 4, and More
The most notable E3 leak so far is a series of games that were “revealed” by Walmart Canada’s website. The retailer featured listings for such major unannounced games as Gears of War 5, Splinter Cell, and Just Cause 4. While some wrote off these leaks as speculation on Walmart’s part, the fact that some of the titles from this list – including Rage 2 and Assassin’s Creed – have since been revealed means that the rest of the games on this list might get confirmed at E3 2018.
A New JRPG for Xbox One
Here’s a fascinating pull from the rumor mill. Phil Spencer took to Twitter recently to inform a fan that Microsoft plans to showcase a JRPG for Xbox at E3 2018. While he didn’t provide further details – and he mentioned that the game might not make it to the show – the fact that Microsoft is even talking about JRPGs when they’ve historically done little to feature that genre is certainly a noteworthy event.
Star Fox Racing from Retro Studios
File this one under solid speculation. Multiple sources are reporting that Retro Studios (Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze) are working on a new racing title featuring characters from the Star Fox universe. That information hasn’t been confirmed, but we do know that Retro Studios has been working on a new project for quite some time, and there’s quite a bit of evidence to support this rumor.
A New BioShock Game from 2K
Members of the Hangar 13 development team have suggested that there is a top-secret project in the works at 2K that they suspect is a new BioShock title. Details are few and far between regarding the nature of that title – some have suggested that the team behind it is currently trying to figure out what the game really is – but we’ve heard that 2K might just be ready to showcase something from the BioShock universe at E3 2018.
Devil May Cry 5
What we can tell you for sure about Devil May Cry 5 is that someone has registered a website related to the sequel. That website was also registered via a company that Capcom has used in the past for major video game releases. While that information doesn’t automatically equal a Devil May Cry sequel, there are other aspects of this story that lead us to believe that these rumors are more than just speculation.
Fortnite for Nintendo Switch
This one is only included as a “rumor” because it hasn’t technically been officially confirmed. However, we’ve already seen what appears to be official documents related to the reveal of Fortnite for Switch and the Korean Ratings Board has even issued a rating for the game. At this point, we’d be far more surprised to hear that Fortnite isn’t coming to Switch than to hear that it is.
PlayStation One Classic Edition
On the extreme end of E3 rumors, we have comments from PlayStation CEO John Kodera which touch upon the possible release of some kind of classic PlayStation console. While his quotes could be taken to mean that Sony is just interested in re-releasing some classic games, there are some who believe that Sony could reveal a classic edition console as early as E3 2018.
Bloodborne 2, Resident Evil 2 Remake, and SOCOM
While this rumor is a little too thin to completely support at this time, a supposed “leaked” list of games that Sony plans on showing at E3 2018 made it’s way to 4Chan recently. While some of the games on that list have been confirmed by Sony – including Death Stranding and The Last of Us 2 – there are some games on the list which seem wildly speculative. Nevertheless, we feel obliged to inform you that it’s possible that Bloodborne 2, Resident Evil 2 Remake, SOCOM: Coalition, BioShock Resurgence (VR), and Medievil will be showcased at E3 2018.
Our take? We honestly wouldn’t be surprised if any of these games were shown during Sony’s E3 2018 presentation, but there’s very little information out there to support the validity of this leak.