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Fans were left wondering if this Twitter activity was related to the upcoming July event, and saw clues in who was following these accounts.

With the @PerfectDarkGame Twitter one of the accounts first followers was the original game’s producer Ken Lobb.

The Verge’s Tom Warren also reported that a Microsoft employee is following one of these accounts while another is registered to a Microsoft e-mail address.

But as the rumour mill was sent into overdrive Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg has on Twitter quashed rumours.

Greenberg tweeted: “I know everyone is hungry for news, but sorry to get your hopes up. These accounts have been inactive for years, it’s standard practice to secure social handles for our IP.”

While the @PerfectDarkGame Twitter posted: “I created this account after hearing about the @fable one and noticed perfect dark didn’t have one. Shortly after I received a follow request from Ken Lobb to which I accepted, I doubt if they didn’t have something in the works he wouldn’t have sent a follow”.