E3 leaks are getting bigger and happening faster than ever before. The show hasn’t even started yet, and news is pouring out as if the internet was a busted faucet. This leak, however, is pretty massive, as Bandai Namco has essentially just had every big announcement they had to offer completely spoiled for them.
The leak is apparently due to an unfortunately public link on their website, which had the entire list of games available for everyone to see. We don’t know who’s responsible for this kind of screw up, but it’s probably safe to say that someone’s in trouble.
So, what games did Bandai Namco intend to surprise us with?
Let’s start with the absolute biggest bombshell: the reveal of the newest From Software game. A little while ago, we reported that master procrastinator George R. R. Martin was brought in to consult on their latest project, and it looks like that rumor was right on the money.
The game is called Elden Ring, and it’ll release on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Martin actually looks to have been a bigger part of the game than he let on, as the leaked press release actually mentions him as one of the co-creators of the game’s world, along with studio president, and Dark Souls creator, Hidetaka Miyazaki. It’ll be a fantasy action RPG, and could be a return to a more Dark Souls kind of gameplay, after the departure that was Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
This is a massive announcement, as we knew From Software had other irons in the fire, but we didn’t know we were going to find out about their next game so soon. The idea of a new Soulsborne game with a story and world influenced by the creator of Game Of Thrones is something that is definitely worthy of some major hype.
If that was the only leak from Bandai Namco, then that would have been bad enough, but alas, there’s more.
Tales Of Arise is the latest game in the long-running Tales Of JRPG series. The game looks like it will be pretty gosh darn beautiful, if the leaked screenshots are anything to go by. It also promises incredible animations, an updated battle system, and a brand new story taking place on a distant planet.
The Tales Of series hasn’t seen a new game since 2016’s Tales Of Berseria, which received pretty decent reviews. The game is also set to release on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Finally, the last reveal ruined by the world wide web is for a Ni No Kuni re-release for PS4 and PC, but apparently not the Xbox One. The game will be remastered, and will also get some improvements to its overall performance.
The game is also going to be ported to the Nintendo Switch, which is great, because Ni No Kuni seems like the type of game that would be perfect to play on the go. However, this port will apparently not get the remaster treatment, which isn’t all that surprising, as the Switch just seems happy to get anything ported to it.
This has got to be a pretty sizeable blow to Bandai Namco, as their entire E3 is kind of ruined at this point. Unless they have some other announcement that they were smart enough to not bring anywhere near the internet, this is pretty much everything that they were to show at the event. Kind of defeats the purpose of paying for a booth at E3 when a series of tweets share the info before they even get a chance.
The leaks just keep on coming, and it makes you wonder what news is going be left to share by the time E3 actually begins.