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
Way To The Woods Announcement Trailer – Check out the first trailer for Way To The Woods, a third-person adventure game following the journey of two deer as they try to find their way home in a strange world without humans.
The Swords of Ditto Gameplay Trailer – Devolver Digital shared a gameplay trailer for The Swords of Ditto, a upcoming co-op action RPG for PC and PlayStation 4.
Far Cry 5 Season Pass, Arcade Mode Trailers – Ubisoft dropped a couple of Far Cry 5 videos, one showcasing post-launch DLC content included with the Season Pass and another detailing the free new Arcade Mode.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Launch Trailer – Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition has officially launched across multiple PC platforms including Steam, Origin, and Windows 10 Store.
Rumor: Geralt of Rivia to Join Soul Calibur VI Roster – The first big rumor to pop up this week is discussion that Geralt of Rivia of The Witcher series fame may very well be appearing as a guest character in Soul Calibur VI.
Dragon’s Crown Pro Characters Trailer – If you are planning to pick up Dragon’s Crown Pro you may want to give the new character trailer a watch to help decide which one you want to start your journey with.
Fortnite Battle Royale Teams of 20 Mode Trailer – Epic Games have announced a new Teams of 20 mode for Fortnite Battle Royale. As you’d probably expect this functions similarly to standard Battle Royale, however the 100 players are instead divided into five teams of 20.
The Wizards Launch Trailer – Carbon Studio have fully launched their action-packed VR spell-slinging game The Wizards, sharing a brand new trailer to celebrate the leaving of early access.
Ubisoft Announces The Division 2 – Ubisoft have announced the existence of The Division 2, a sequel to their popular third-person shooter RPG which had a rocky journey from day one onward, but eventually found itself in a solid space thanks to some great updates.
Warhammer: Verminide 2 Launch Trailer – Fatshark Games opened the gates on the full version of Warhammer: Vermintide 2, allowing pre-order beta players to continue their journey slaying countless rat men and warriors of chaos.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Teaser – If you needed further proof that the next Call of Duty title will be Black Ops 4, look no further than a new teaser trailer which confirms its existence.
TORN Reveal Trailer – Aspyr Media have revealed TORN, a dark-science fiction mystery VR title inspired by The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror.
Nintendo Direct 3-8 Round-up – Here’s our one stop post for all the major details and trailers coming from this week’s Nintendo Direct.
FROSTPUNK Release Date Trailer – A new cinematic trailer for city-building game FROSTPUNK has revealed it will be launching on April 24.
We had a relatively big Nintendo Direct this week so as usual I’ll share my thoughts on what we saw. Nintendo covered both the 3DS and Nintendo Switch in this Direct which is great for Nintendo fans in general, but I’ll admit it is somewhat disappointing for Switch owners that would prefer to see Nintendo focus 100 percent on that platform. The Switch feels like it should be a replacement for both the Wii U and 3DS since the dual screen gimmick lost its shimmer a while back, for this reason I wouldn’t be very upset to see 3DS support dropped at this point. The platform has head a longer than average lifespan too, mostly thank to Nintendo livening it up with the beefed up New branded line.
The 3DS titles revealed did have some big winners for me personally with Wario Ware Gold and the Luigi’s Mansion port, however I can’t help but feel that I’d rather have them on the Switch. Wario Ware Gold is the exception to that maybe considering the dual screens are probably necessary for some returning microgames from Wario Ware Touched. Other than those two I wasn’t terribly interested in the other titles revealed which included a new Dillon game and another Mario & Luigi remake.
The Switch portion of the Direct was definitely more content heavy, with a lot of port reveals from both third parties and Nintendo themselves with the Captain Toad announcement. The most exciting port reveal was probably the Crash trilogy, unless you count Dark Souls: Remastered which was shown, but had been previously revealed. The Dark Souls coverage didn’t really get me that hype for the port with the silly Solaire amiibo announcement that unlocks the Praise the Sun gesture. Performance also looked a bit unstable which has me concerned. Thankfully there will be a network test so I can get a good idea if I’ll be willing to shell out 40 bucks to play the game again, however in a portable manner.
Mario Tennis Aces was one of the bigger stars of the Direct with Nintendo offering a lot of details about the new features. This looks to be miles better than the lackluster game they released on the Wii U, offering much more in-depth mechanics, a story mode, and a more varied roster. Like Dark Souls, a online test of sorts is planned before release so I look forward to the chance to see if I’m possibly sold on this title as well. Right now I’m leaning towards a yes on the purchase, but knowing if any friends are picking it up too would help influence my decision.
Before the final big reveal that Nintendo fans have been waiting for since the Switch was announced, Nintendo also touched on some updates to already released games which included Splatoon 2 and ARMS. It’s great to see Nintendo continue supporting both these titles, even if I haven’t been active in them for a while now. Splatoon 2 will be getting its first paid DLC too, which appears to be almost exclusively solo content. This is for the best as it will avoid splitting up the community and it is just for people who really love the series and are looking to play more fresh content.
Now at last we get to the big reveal of Super Smash Bros. There is a lot of mystery and intrigue with this reveal as the teaser really didn’t tell us much besides that Inklings will be newcomers joining the game and Link will now be based off of his Breath of the Wild appearance. I’m assuming this will be a character overhaul for Link too considering Breath of the Wild Link did not use a hookshot or standard bombs. It’s safe to assume a lot of the gadgets and abilities from Breath of the Wild will replace his ability set. For the Inklings there are a number of different weapons and sub-weapons they could end up using from the series so we’ll have to wait and see. The big question overall though is if this is a new Smash Bros or a port of the Wii U game with updated content. Following the pattern of nearly every big Wii U exclusive making the jump to the Switch it seems easy to assume it will be a updated port, but there are some hints it will be a new title. The mentioned Link re-design is one of these hints, however the main clue is that the logo shown is brand new. This logo could easily be a placeholder though, especially considering the fact that I find it unlikely the game will simply be called Super Smash Bros.. Nintendo has also typically been very clear in the past when a game was a Wii U port however, so the fact that they left this up in the air also leads me to believe this is much more than a port or Deluxe version. I’m thinking it will make use of the previous game as a template, re-using the engine and some assets, however I expect to see significant overhauls to make it worth of a new entry.
Hopefully we’ll get some clarification on the Super Smash Bros. game before E3, but Nintendo might have a second big reveal in store that they are preparing for that very event. The big stars for Nintendo’s E3 so far appear to be Metroid Prime 4 and Smash, but hopefully they have at least one more big surprise up their sleeves. The most in demand reveals would probably be whatever Retro Studios might be working on or the often requested Mother 3. Whatever it is I just hope Nintendo keeps the momentum going for Switch.
Hope you all had a great week! I should have a Vermtinde 2 review up as early as tomorrow so keep an eye out for it.