10 Real Video Game Leaks Everyone Thought Were Fake

Yup, that really was the PS5.

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Unless a piece of news comes from an official, verified source - like a game publisher or a movie studio - it's always best to take it with a grain of salt.

After all, anonymous 4chan users and unnamed industry insiders aren't exactly the most reliable folk you'll encounter online, and considering that many of the leaks and rumours within the gaming space ultimately amount to nothing, it's only natural that most fans will "press X to doubt" whenever a story lacks credibility.

But in some cases, those leaks and rumours that we dismiss as "fake", that we laugh at, that we refuse to believe... they actually turn out to be real.

It might be that the leak sounds too good to be true, or, it simply might not have enough supporting evidence. Alternatively, the source itself might be a random forum poster who claims to have inside knowledge - not exactly easy to believe. And then, some leaks just sound totally bonkers all by themselves!

Whatever the reason for doubting them, these leaks turned out to be completely genuine - even though, originally, most people didn't buy them.

10. Assassin's Creed Is Becoming A Pirate Sim

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There are many important staples in the Assassin's Creed franchise: annoying parkour movement that constantly sticks you to the wrong object, present day gameplay sequences that nobody wants, and, in recent years, bloated storylines that should really have been told in half the time.

But another important staple that nobody really talks about? The leaks.

It really shouldn't count as a proper Assassin's Creed game if it doesn't leak out ahead of time. Pretty much every entry in the series has leaked in one way or another - the existence of Revelations was extracted from an Ubisoft Facebook post, while Odyssey was outed thanks to an officially-licensed keyring - but the leak behind 2013's Black Flag is arguably the strangest.

In a January 2013 Reddit post, a user claimed to have overheard two marketing people, sat in a cafe, discussing an Assassin's Creed project called Black Flag. This Redditor provided no pictures or videos - the only "proof" they had was their word.

Needless to say, it's quite hard to believe random internet users who have zero credibility, so a lot of people doubted the leak. However, it turns out that eavesdropping on people in cafes is a rewarding venture, because the game - as we now know - launched in November 2013, and it was pretty damn awesome too.

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