For those that don’t know Cavern Blogs are pretty much my end of/start of the week post (depending how you look at it) that wraps up the previous weeks news highlighting a selection of the posts. There is also a final thoughts section on the bottom where I’ll briefly discuss my own thoughts about select stories from the week or my own gaming experiences.

This Week in Gaming News

Demon’s Souls Online Japan Online Shutting Down – Demon’s Souls fans in Japan only have three months left to get in some co-op and invasion fun as the servers have been announced to be shutting down in the region on February 28th, 2018.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Characters Trailer – A new character trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has surfaced just days before its launch this past week.  Covered characters include Rex, Pyra, Nia, Dromarch, Tora, Poppi, and more.

Rock of Ages 2 Update Brings Back Skee-Boulder Mode – A notable update to Rock of Ages 2 adds the Skee-Ball style Skee-Boulder mini-game that was featured in the original in addition to Ranked War matches which allows players to gain points with wins and climb a leaderboard.

RUINER Savage Update Trailer – Owners of this year’s hidden indie gem RUINER have some new content to look forward to with the release of new updated titled ‘Savage’.

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall Expansion Announcement Trailer – Firaxis Games isn’t quite done building content for Civilization VI as seen with the announcement of a expansion titled ‘Rise & Fall’.

Yooka-Laylee Switch Release Announcement Trailer – Playtonic Games revealed that Nintendo fans will at last be receiving the Nintendo Switch version of the game next month on December 14th.

Nova Nukers! Announcement Trailer – Lemonbomb Entertainment have announced Nova Nukers!, a multiplayer battle party game with support for up to four players locally or online.

Nintendo Reportedly Planning Cereal with amiibo Boxes – Nintendo is reportedly partnering with Kelloggs to release a new cereal simply called “Super Mario Cereal” sometime in the foreseeable future.

PUBG Going Mobile – Chinese game publishing giant Tencent announced their plans for a mobile version of this year’s surprise hit Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.

Shin Megami Tensei V Announcement Trailer – Atlus has announced that Shin Megami Tensei V is officially heading west, news that also comes with a translated version of last month’s first Japanese trailer.

Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition New Trailer – We are just a couple weeks out from the launch of Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition and Capcom has shared a somewhat spoiler-filled trailer for the all-inclusive new version of the game.

Wizard of Legend Announcement Trailer – Budding indie duo Contingent99 have shared a new trailer for their upcoming 2D action dungeon crawler Wizard of Legend.

Final Fantasy XV Will Have Three New Episodes in 2018 – Square Enix have officially announced that Final Fantasy XV will see the release of three new episodes throughout 2018.

PlayStation Plus Games for December 2017 – The next set of PlayStation Plus titles have been announced.

ARMS 4.1 Update Adds Springtron Character – A new ARMS update has gone live introducing yet another new character, Springtron, who appears to be a sinister robotic spin on Springman.

Super Mario Cereal Officially Announced – Following the leak earlier this week, Nintendo and Kelloggs have now officially announced Super Mario Cereal, a marshmallow sprinkled breakfast treat that includes the bonus perk of a box that has a dual function as a amiibo.

Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 Switch Launch Trailer – Check out the launch trailer for the double feature of Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 on Nintendo Switch, a series of spin-off games which filled in story gaps in between mainline titles.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Kid Buu Character Trailer – Bandai Namco is back again with another character trailer for Arc System Works upcoming fighter Dragon Ball FighterZ, this particular one showcasing Kid Buu.

EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 5 New Promo Video – D3Publisher has shared a subtitled version of the latest Earth Defense Force 5 promo video showcasing character classes and more in a comedic fashion which is meant to immerse players into the over the top series.

Final Thoughts

Highlights this week ranged from sad news that Demon’s Souls servers would be shutting down early next year to a bit more weird with the reveal of a Super Mario Cereal with boxes that have amiibo nfc chips built in.

Fans of Final Fantasy XV were also probably happy to hear that the game will continue to receive DLC support throughout 2018 with three more episodes.  This likely means the quality of life and feature updates will continue as well, along with more content for the game’s recently launched Comrades co-op multiplayer mode.   I actually bought this game way back when it launched, but only put a few hours into it.  I have conflicted feelings about it, somewhat regretting picking up the console version since its coming to PC, but also I am happy I didn’t play it much considering so many updates have come out since then to make it a better experience.  I’d still like to play it someday and will consider picking up the PC version if I can find a decent enough deal.  I never bought any of the DLC thankfully, so it won’t be as big of a waste as it could have been.

This week we can look forward to both The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience, both of which I am expecting big announcements from.  I am mostly curious about Nintendo’s plans for The Game Awards as they are almost guaranteed to show off something.  The most likely scenario is a trailer for the Breath of the Wild DLC which is supposed to launch this year still apparently despite the fact that we still don’t have a date.  I am really hoping this DLC reveal really blows me away because the first part of the season pass was quite underwhelming.  I am also crossing my fingers for an even bigger announcement than this though, however Nintendo usually likes to save these major reveals for their own Directs.  I’d expect to see what From Software has been cooking up at one of these two events, however I think it is more likely to be Sony’s considering the large chance we could see a Bloodborne sequel or perhaps even a Demon’s Souls remaster.  They did say no more Souls games I guess, but I don’t know if that included remakes or remasters as well.

Anyway, be sure to stay tuned this coming week and weekend as I’ll be rounding up every new trailer coming from both events.