Find some salt and pinch it: Wal-Mart look to have accidentally just confirmed many new unannounced games in their listings. It’s impossible to verify any of this, but leaked retail listings have outed games long before they were officially announced — Shadow of War immediately springs to mind.
Snagged by the reliable Wario64, the screenshot below shows the following games:
“Just Cause 4 Splinter Cell Dragon Quest 2 LEGO DC Villans Borderlands 3 Rage 2 Gears of War 5 Forza Horizons 5 Assassin’s Creed”
There are also a bunch of obvious games in there, including annual sports releases and previously announced sequels to The Division. Wal-Mart even make a pretty good joke by implying that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a game that’s actually going to come out.
The erroneously published listing were available here on the Wal-Mart Canada website, but have now been removed after someone must have realised their mistake. Still, they’re out there now and plenty of E3 presentations might have been spoiled with their accidental reveals.
Considering that we’re coming up to E3 2018, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this batch of games be properly revealed. There were rumblings last year of a Rage 2 that didn’t quite come to fruition, but Bethesda have always said that Rage is an important IP to them. Splinter Cell should come as a half-surprise; Sam Fisher’s return in Wildlands might have just been testing the waters. The other most notable leak is Gears of War 5 with The Coalition presumably again taking the reins. It makes sense, too: Microsoft need to build on their exclusive library.
If I was cynical man (which I am), I would say that this kind of thing seems to happen an awful lot from Wal-Mart. If I was a cynical man (which I am), I would also say that maybe this wasn’t that accidental at all and might be part of a wider strategy to ramp up pre-orders.
We have reached out to the publishers in question for a comment.
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