Rumour round-up: E3 2008

E3 2008 is in full swing...and so are the rumours.

Bungie teaming with EA for unannounced game

Bungie plans to show off a new game at this year's E3, but the Microsoft briefing came and went with nary a peep. Some industry sources are suggesting that Bungie will present its new game at EA's press conference, scheduled for later tonight. But what game? We've heard two rumors: one rumor suggests that Bungie's new game will be a Master Chief-less Halo shooter with a more realistic, Rainbow Six-style feel. Another rumor pins Bungie's new game as a 2D platformer starring a fat, plunger-wielding plumber. Knowing Bungie's eclectic tastes, either (or both) of these rumors could be true. Bungie partnering with EA would also make sense, given that EA can surely afford to pay the rock-star fees a studio like Bungie would demand. But for now, it's all guesswork and hearsay.

God of War 3 to debut at Sony press conference

With Microsoft's E3 2008 press event over, all eyes are shifting to Sony and Nintendo. Sony's press conference will be an important one for the company. Losing PlayStation 3 exclusivity for Final Fantasy XIII is a harsh blow to the platform, but Sony can turn the tides by showing off a hot new game. We're betting that Sony will show off the first details of God of War 3, the bloody hack-and-slash game that took the PS2 by storm. It's pure speculation, but the timing seems right and Sony needs a heavy-hitter to remind gamers why they should invest in PS3.

New Zelda trailer to debut at Nintendo press conference

Nintendo also finds itself in an interesting position this year. With Microsoft's E3 2008 press conference highlighting the Xbox 360's gradual shift toward mass-market -- complete with cutesy avatars and music games -- Nintendo's dominance over the casual market is slowing down. What to do next? In Nintendo's case, it means appealing to hardcore Nintendo fans. A Nintendo fans love nothing more than Zelda, leading us to believe that Nintendo will show a short teaser trailer of a new Wii or DS Zelda game. Pure speculation for now, but nothing would get fan interest buzzing more than a new Zelda game designed for the Wii from the ground-up.

The Who to play at EA's Rock Band party

E3 is historically known for extravagant parties, and 2008 looks to be no exception. Sure, there's no mega Sony bash at Dodger Stadium, but EA is doing it up rock star-style with a Rock Band party set for this Wednesday night. We grilled EA, trying to figure out the specific act, but couldn't get any hard intel. Interestingly enough, a reliable little birdie told us yesterday that the band in question is none other than The Who. Is it for real? We'll find out soon enough!

Sony to unveil new super-secret PSP game

The PSP is selling extremely well, so it should come as no surprise that Sony will continue to reveal big-time PSP games. GamePro is set to see a "super secret PSP demo" this week, and we're thinking it will be a well-known franchise, given Sony's "brand umbrella" strategy. LittleBigPlanet, perhaps? What do you think?

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Chris Morell

GamePro (online)

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