Rumors suggest that Red Dead Redemption 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II are two of the first third-party titles to be unveiled in 4K on Project Scorpio.
The first games to run modified versions on Project Scorpio are expected to be demonstrated soon, based on marketing materials acquired by Windows Central. Several first-party titles are proposed to be part of the hardware’s demonstration line-up including Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, and State of Decay 2, but third-party titles Red Dead Redemption 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II are also mentioned to be shown off in true 4K, along with titles from other popular series like Call of Duty and Madden.
The report further claims that the Project Scorpio’s 4K–compatible library will be larger than just the games that launch with the support. The system’s “change resilience” will reportedly allow games that run at 900p or 1080p on Xbox One to scale up to 4K on Scorpio. Of course, fans wanted to hear what Xbox’s Phil Spencer had to say about the Project Scorpio 4K rumors. Spencer played it coy as usual, although he did verify that he was happy with what both first and third-party developers had in store for us.
Spencer has teased that we may learn more about Project Scorpio prior to this year’s E3, and this 4K support reveal could be what he was referring to. Neither Red Dead Redemption 2 nor Star Wars Battlefront II have official release dates, but recent leaks may have revealed when Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch. Star Wars Battlefront II is also dropping this fall, with its first official reveal coming later this month.
It’s looking like the 2017 installment of the Call of Duty franchise will be set during World War 2.
After major backlash over Infinite Warfare’s future setting, you’d expect this year’s CoD to be something radically different, especially since sales for the latest game were abysmal, or at least an attempt to return to the series’ origins. Which is what these leaked images seem to show. But if these images are real, that’s not what’s happening.
Activision has already talked about the next game going ‘back to its roots’ and featuring ‘traditional combat’, but each game takes three years to make and in 2014 you would’ve assumed that Sledgehammer Games would’ve started work on Advanced Warfare 2 immediately. The images were sent to YouTube channel TheFamilyVideoGamers, who waited a week to release them as they tried to check their authenticity.
The problem is that even though they look professional, the Second World War imagery means they’re pretty easy for someone to fake. All you’d need to do is just slap a CoD logo onto a random photo from the war and you’re mostly there. Activision promotes CoD has changed in recent years, but traditionally they announce the year’s new game in April or May, well ahead of E3 in June. If that’s still the case this year, then we may be finding out if these images are real sooner than you think.
Call of Duty fans were given some news on the possibility of seeing Black Ops II added to the Xbox One‘s backwards compatibility list this week, but it wasn’t good news.
Microsoft‘s Phil Spencer put to bed any rumours that the game would be revealed this week, indicating reports were “not true.” In addition to this, a fan tweeted at Spencer and asked if Black Ops II might be added later this month, but Spencer said he can’t share that kind of information.
Black Ops II is the most-requested game for backwards compatibility on the Xbox Feedback site right now with more than 211,000 votes. There are already four Xbox 360 Call of Duty games playable on Xbox One: Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Call of Duty: World at War.
In addition to that news, Hitman: Absolution, while id Software shooter Rage, which was already Backward Compatible, is finally available to purchase digitally on the Xbox One store. Both games join the likes of LEGO Indiana Jones, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City which were added earlier this month.