Man it has been a slow month for gaming. Is it just me or is or is there a lack of juice this fall season. Fall used to be about AAA titles generating a ton of buzz. Maybe it’s because new consoles are a year away and publishers are keeping everything in their pants. Because of this, I have not been writing as much, but finally there is something intriguing that is happening, thanks to Rockstar Games.
Red Dead Online players have been spotting NPCs that look a little worse for the wear. Some have speculated that this is a glitch, but come on, I know a fucking zombie when I see one.
The original Undead Nightmare was an expansion for Red Dead Redemption back in 2010. That title just so happened to be released right around Halloween time.
So take this with a huge grain of salt, but multiple sites are reporting about possible leaked details regarding Grand Theft Auto 6. This all started initially on a Reddit thread.
Lengthy bulleted list below.
The next GTA title has been in development since 2012 (1 year before GTA 5 launched). Production didn’t actually pick up properly until mid 2015. Even then it was on ice while the teams focused on RDR2.
It’s another Rockstar Worldwide Production, not just one or two studios, but all.
Codename is PROJECT AMERICAS.
Set in both Vice City and a new fictional location based on Rio de Janeiro, with some linear missions taking place in Liberty City (not open world), think Ludendorff in GTAV. Also been recently hearing about Cuba but I ain’t sure?
Game will balance realism and arcade. WON’T be as realistic as RDR2.
One playable protagonist this time. Male, not female, despite supposed leaks.
Set in 1970s-1980s.
You play as an up and coming drug lord-wannabe named “Ricardo”. Another key character called “Kacey” is a part of the narrative. You start off as a grunt doing runs as a cocaine smuggler from Vice City to the new large South American area (and visa versa?) before making connections with big time drug lords and making your way up. Multiple cities. There will also be a GIANT prison which will play a part in the game.
Will feature a “CHAPTER” system similar to a Tarantino flick or RDR2.
Weather is a heavy focus. Hurricanes, floods, etc.
Buildings change over the eras, vehicles too. This causes headaches apparently but they managed to nail a pipeline and get it working. So older, rare classic cars get more expensive as time progresses etc. Full economy. Next level.
HEAVILY inspired by Netflix’s Narcos.
They want to have an incredible 70s/80s soundtrack, but jury is still out on that one.
A younger Martin Madrazo will make an appearance as will his father who is a big drug lord at the time. You do some missions for the Madrazo family involving hits on other gangs.
Drug empire building is a mechanic similar to Vice City Stories but bigger. MUCH bigger. Think the GTAOnline system and dial it up to 10. There you have it.
You can only have weapons on your person. No arsenal in your back pocket. Think RDR2 and Max Payne 3.
Your personal vehicle (similar to GTA5 but can now change it) will be like your horse saddle in RDR2. All your equipment is stored in the trunk. Similar to LA Noire. You also store your body armour in the car. If you wear it, it appears, no longer just an invisible thing lol.
There will be tons of subtitle reading. Think Max Payne 3 amounts. Because the characters speak the language they’re native to. Very immersive. Like watching an episode of Narcos. Whenever you’re in South America, don’t expect to hear much English. Vice City however is a mix of everything. Mostly English though.
Last bit of narrative info, it will discuss topics such as HIV and the immigration crisis of the time. A fictional version of Fidel Castro etc. Though I’ll be PISSED if our protagonist dies from AIDS or some shit.
Next Gen only. Not PS4/XB1.
Game is now their primary focus, alongside another title (which I believe to be Bully 2).
Game is still in Pre-Alpha so names, locations, details could and probably will change.
No ETA on a release date.
Rumors can be fun, but remember kids, they can also be bullshit.
Bloomberg is reporting that they have learned from their various rats and snitches within the industry that Nintendo’s cheaper and more portable version of the Switch console will arrive by the end of June, right around E3 time.
For those who were hoping to hear something about a more powerful version of the Switch, similar to the PlayStation Pro or Xbox One X half-steps, well, as my Sicilian Grandmother used to say, you’re shit out of luck.
According to a report from Polygon, anonymous sources with knowledge of the title’s development status claim that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not include a traditional single-player story mode. This will mark a first for the franchise, as all previous titles shipped with a single-player campaign.
According to the sources, the project was behind schedule and the only way that developer Treyarch could hit the October 12 launch date was to forgo the single-player story mode. This may lead to some speculation that perhaps a story mode could be “patched” in later.
Running parallel to this story is a rumor from Call of Duty fan site CharlieIntel stating that is has information from sources close to Activision that Raven Software has been onboarded to develope a battle royale mode for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Activision has responded, of course with an obligatory “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation. We look forward to revealing Black Ops 4 on May 17.”
The title is reportedly well into development and is targeting a release in 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Even though just a rumor, the information comes from Liam Robertson of Comicbook.com, who correctly leaked details Assassin’s Creed Origins, while still in development. So he has a solid source, but still a rumor, none-the-less.