It's E3 season, which means the rumor mill is spinning like a greased dreidel. Here's the weirdest bit of hearsay to come down the pipe yet: Retro Game Studios, the developer behind the Metroid Prime trilogy, is reportedly working on a Star Fox racing game spin-off.
The rumor solidified over the weekend thanks in part to "leaks" on 4chan and Reddit, where redditor DasVergeben (who's reported on rumors before) writes the game is "something like Diddy Kong Racing mixed with F-Zero essentially. But more like F-Zero gameplay. It will have an adventure mode of some kind (think Diddy Kong Racing) and there will be some boss fights and a hub world like it too.
"It is called Star Fox Grand Prix."
While you might understandably be tempted to chuck this rumor straight into the Pre-E3 Poppycock trash bin, note Eurogamer news editor Tom Phillips admits whispers about Retro's Star Fox racing game have been drifting in the ether for a little while now. He's not the only one who's heard the rumblings. A source familiar with the details says "Star Fox Grand Prix" is a name that's been going around secretly for some time.
Retro's not handling Metroid Prime 4, which gives the studio time to work on something else. Retro is a talented studio; Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a good reminder it's a strong developer outside the 3D adventure genre. And if a Star Fox racing game just sounds too outlandish to work, remember it was around this time last year when everyone thought the rumored idea of a Mario and Rabbids cross-over was too stupid to possibly exist.