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

Ash of Gods Story Trailer – Small indie dev team Aurum Dust are currently hard at working wrapping up development on Ash of Gods, a turn-based tactical RPG with “rogue-like storytelling”, and have shared a new story-centered trailer for the game.

Rainbow Six Siege: Outbreak Teaser Trailer – Ubisoft has further teased their upcoming Zombie-themed co-op event and new Operation Chimera update in Rainbow Six Siege through a new trailer called “Ash’s Call to Arms”.

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos Trailer – A new title from the Square Enix Collective, Rogue Heroes : Ruins of Tasos, was shown off through a new trailer giving a extensive looking at the co-op action RPG with rogue-like elements.

Puyo Puyo Tetris Heading to Steam – The next Sega title revealed to be making the jump to PC is Puyo Puyo Tetris, a solid mash-up of both popular puzzle games which arrived on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 last year.

FOX n FORESTS Teaser Trailer – I always keep an eye out for interesting small indie titles out there, and FOX n FORESTS is one that intrigued me due to its visual and sound design which aims to make it appear as if it is a long lost Super Nintendo game.

Smoke And Sacrifice Reveal Trailer – Curve Digital and Solar Sail Games have announced Smoke and Sacrifice, a open-world, narrative-driven RPG with elements of survival games that is styled with beautiful hand-illustrated visuals.

Injustice 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer – Everyone’s favorite group of chelonian crime fighting brothers are shown off in the new Injustice 2 trailer for none other than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Rumor: Ridge Racer 8 Switch-bound, Metroid Prime 4 Developer Revealed – A rumor has surfaced recently which has potentially revealed not only the mystery developer behind Metroid Prime 4, but also that Ridge Racer 8 would be heading exclusively to Nintendo Switch.

My Nintendo Gold Point eShop Spending Coming – MyNintendo users have been long awaiting the Nintendo Switch rewards for the program and what they entail and Nintendo have at last announced their plans for them.

Dragon’s Crown Pro Dated – Dragon’s Crown Pro, an updated version of the PlayStation 3 / PlayStation Vita RPG beat em’ up from Vanillaware was revealed to be launching on May 15, removing the mist from the previously vague Spring 2018 release.

Far Cry 5: Guns For Hire Trailer – A new Far Cry 5 trailer compiles footage of many of the fighters you can recruit to join your resistance against the Eden’s Gate doomsday cult in Hope County, Montana.

Kerbal Space Program Expansion Dated – Kerbal Space Program, the successful 2015 space flight simulation game, will see its first expansion titled ‘Making History‘ launch next month on March 13.

Overwatch Lunar New Year 2018 Trailer – The Lunar New Year Overwatch event has returned for a second round this year with new cosmetic goodies and a updated CTF mode.

Dragon Quest Builders Switch Launch Trailer – Dragon Quest Builders has officially launched for the Nintendo Switch, offering everything the original version offered plus the addition of new exclusive content in the form of a Great Sabrecub mount that allows you to gather new materials to create new retro customization options.

Attack on Titan 2 Multiplayer Trailer – A new Attack on Titan 2 trailer highlights the multiplayer aspect of the game which allows players to meet up with other scouts online in both cooperative and competitive modes.

Kingdom Hearts III D23 Expo Japan 2018 Trailer – Kingdom Hearts fans at last are getting another new look at the long-awaited third entry thanks to a new D23 Expo Japan 2018 trailer and a theme song trailer.

Final Thoughts

I conveyed my thoughts on this to an extent in the original post, but one interesting rumor that popped up this week was that not only would Ridge Racer 8 be a Nintendo Switch exclusive, but Bandai Namco Singapore could possibly be working on Metroid Prime 4.  The Ridge Racer 8 news is very believable and shouldn’t be questioned too much considering the series has jumped around many platforms despite possibly being most well known for the original PlayStation titles.  Them developing Metroid Prime 4 does raise some questions, however still does sound possible in some ways.

Before this rumor we knew that Metroid Prime 4 was being developed by a “talented new development team”.  Bandai Nacmo is by no means a new developer obviously, however the specific Singapore studio within that company has only been around since about 2013 meaning they probably haven’t had many huge titles under their belt and could be considered relatively new.  Keep in mind that Metroid Prime 4 has also probably been in some sort of developmental state for a couple years at least meaning the studio would have been even younger from the beginning of the project.

So we can probably justify them as a new team and check that criteria off, but what about the fact that the LinkedIn experience listing detailed the game as an unannounced IP.  Metroid Prime 4 is neither a new IP or unannounced game which one might think is debunk worthy, however I don’t think it’s that easy to throw the possibility out.  The news of what studio is working on the game has been very secretive and under wraps, so I’m guessing that this individual was aware of that and used this wording to keep it a mystery.  However why he would follow this up by just suddenly revealing the existence of Ridge Racer 8 for the Switch is beyond me.  Apparently several members of this same studio were also revealed to be working on some secret project as well which seems to be the same one referenced here.

The last detail that does make me believe this to be true is the fact that it is described as a first-person shooter / adventure game exclusive to Nintendo Switch.  Metroid Prime 4 obviously fits that description and while a FPS adventure game sounds a bit broad to be a specific title, I just don’t see a studio developing a Switch exclusive first-person shooter unless it is using a popular IP such as this.  Ports like DOOM make sense since it was an established great shooter that many would enjoy the novelty of having a portable version of it.  I suppose it’s not impossible that it really could be some new IP, but it would be a huge risk as the audience looking to play new shooters is usually on PC or one of the two higher end consoles available.  It would be very bizarre to me to see something that like only for Switch, abandoning hundreds of thousands and potentially millions of sales on key platforms.

I can’t really say how I feel about them developing the game if that is indeed true since I’m not really familiar with their track record.  Considering the studio hasn’t been around for very long though, much of the experience will come from what each individual brings.  Overall I think I am pretty optimistic as I would like to see some new minds give their own spin on Metroid Prime.  I personally am hoping it will capture some of that raw Metroid feel that I got from the original on Gamecube, but with some amount of evolution similar to what we saw happen with Zelda last year.  I’d be okay with something that just feels like more Metroid Prime, but it would be nice to feel very impressed if not blown away.

I’m assuming the game will be one of the big showcase titles at E3 this year so we should hopefully not have to wait long to see what the title is all about and how its changed.

Hope you all have a great week!