By way of a run-of-the-mill update to its online product listings, Walmart Canada may have inadvertently revealed a number of surprises scheduled for next month’s E3. A hapless Walmart employee in an office somewhere in Canada must be feeling mighty introspective after their potentially serious gaffe.
The listings were first picked up by Wario64 on Twitter and hint at a host of unannounced titles including Just Cause 4, Gears of War 5, Destiny Comet, a new addition to both the Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell franchises, and Lego DC Villains. Though a new Assassin’s Creed game comes as no surprise given Ubisoft’s tendency to churn them out, a third Destiny so soon after the release of the second game seems unlikely.
Rather surprisingly, Rage 2 is among the listings as well. Hypothetically, Rage 2 is a sequel to the Bethesda’s lackluster first person shooter Rage released in 2011. Deciphering why Bethesda would resurrect an undistinguished intellectual property is perplexing (though they did briefly mention the possibility back in 2016), yet the developer responded to the leak with a witty Twitter retort. Taking aim at the shoddy listing placeholder, Bethesda went about highlighting apparent mistakes with colorful corrections that can only have been made in MS Paint. The fact the post contained no trace of a denial is revealing in itself.
Among the less surprising titles are The Last of Us 2, Borderlands 3, Beyond Good and Evil 2, The Division 2, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Most of these are known to be in development or their announcement is sufficiently corroborated. Some oddities also found their way onto Walmart’s site, such as Dragon Quest 2 and Forza Horizon 5. The acclaimed Forza racing franchise’s most recent iteration is Forza Horizon 3 and the likelihood of skipping an entry is resoundingly low. Similarly, Square Enix’s Dragon Quest is on to its 11th iteration and we suspect the listing is referring to a sequel to Dragon Quest Builders.
We are wary of jumping the gun and claiming these games are guaranteed to feature during E3. Yet, we can’t help thinking Walmart Canada may very well have spoiled some of the fun at E3. We like rumors and speculation, but certainties negate the mystic somewhat.