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
God of War Fight Your Way Trailer – A new God of War trailer details the game’s progression systems that will allow players to customize Kratos and Atreus’ abilities and more.
Radical Heights Reveal Trailer – Boss Key Productions, Cliff Bleszinski’s studio behind Lawbreakers, have announced their new project Radical Heights, a battle royale shooter infused with 80’s themes.
MOONLIGHTER Release Date Trailer – Digital Sun’s indie action RPG MOONLIGHTER now has a official release date of May 29, information that was revealed in a brand new trailer.
Yo-kai Watch 4 Announced for Switch – The latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has revealed Yo-kai Watch 4 for Nintendo Switch, a new entry in the Pokemon-like series based around befriending ghost-like creatures called Yo-kai.
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 Announcement Trailer – Capcom has officially announced Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
EXTINCTION Launch Trailer – Iron Galaxy’s new action game EXTINCTION has officially launched, allowing players to jump into their Attack on Titan inspired fantasy world where humanity is literally on the brink of extinction due to the encroaching giant orc beings known as the Ravenii.
Overwatch Archives Event Live – Last year’s Overwatch Uprising event has returned this year in a new form under the name Overwatch Archives.
Maelstrom Early Access Release Trailer – Gunpowder Games have officially commenced their Steam Early Access launch of Maelstrom, a competitive naval action game with a dark fantasy theme bringing a unique spin on the battle royale genre.
Daemonical Early Access Teaser Trailer – Indie developer Fearem have shared a teaser trailer for their upcoming Steam Early Access competitive multiplayer horror game Daemonical.
Dauntless Open Beta Dated – Developer Phoenix Labs have revealed their free-to-play Monster Hunter inspired title Dauntless will be entering closed beta next month on May 24.
Warcraft III Patch Revitalizes Game – Blizzard has a launched a major new patch for 2002 RTS classic Warcraft III, adding proper widescreen, 24-player support, new modding features, and other changes.
SOULCALIBUR VI Siegfried Reveal Trailer – Series veteran Siegfried was revealed to be joining the roster of SOULCALIBUR VI through a new trailer.
Super Bomberman R Guest Character Trailers – Konami served up three different Super Bomberman R trailers, one for each new platform version of the game which each have their own playable guest character.
CODE VEIN New Gameplay – Those of you who weren’t privileged enough to check out CODE VEIN at PAX East last week may want to check out an official new gameplay video of the upcoming action RPG from Bandai Namco.
Conan Exiles Countdown to Launch! Trailer – Survival game Conan Exiles is nearing its full launch as seen in a new trailer sharing its arrival date of May 8 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Terraria: Otherworld Cancelled – Terraria spin-off Terraria: Otherworld has officially been cancelled by developer Re-Logic.
Sega Japanese Fan Festival Announcements – During a Japanese Sega Fan Festival event, the gaming company revealed they will be releasing the Mega Drive Mini and more.
The first topic of discussion this week will be Cliffy B’s new game Radical Heights, his studio’s own spin on the recently popular battle royale genre. When I learned he was making a new game I immediately suspected it would be a battle royale style game given house easy it is to generate immediate interest right now. They did catch me off guard however by releasing it so suddenly, just one day after its reveal. This speedy release is certainly seen with the quality of the game right now too as it is an an extremely early form. I can see potential of it eventually becoming a fun version of this genre that some may choose to focus on over the others, but I can’t see it ever joining the top dogs which are Fortnite and PUBG. If they aren’t quick enough with the updates I can also see this easily fading into complete obscurity though because most are just going to want to go back to a more polished and popular experience.
Cliffy made some interesting comments on Twitter this week too, claiming that Fortnite developer Epic Games was trying to steal his employees away from his company, Boss Key Productions. This is by no means an illegal practice and in my opinion the only one in the wrong here is Cliffy himself. I understand he wants to keep his employees, but company’s in need of new hires have every right to seek out and offer positions to individuals, even if it may be a competing developer. Epic is honestly probably providing more stable and rewarding employment as well, so you can’t blame them for wanting to potentially provide a lifestyle improvement for someone. It’s just how things work and to counter it Boss Key needs to be actively seeking out employees and interns as well if they want their game to stay relevant.
Next up I wanted to briefly bring up the cancellation of Terraria: Otherworld. This announcement was a real bummer for me personally as I was looking forward to this since its original reveal over three years ago. I can’t say I’m terribly surprised however considering there has been such a lack of information about the game for a very long time now. As for what is next for ReLogic, they claim to be actively working on the next Terraria update and have other projects in progress as well. I’m not terribly interested in any original Terraria updates as I feel I’ve got my fill from that, I do however look forward to hearing more about what else they might be working on.
Lastly, this week we saw a few big reveal from Sega. This including their own version of Nintendo’s mini console line, however this time for the Sega Genesis. These Sega mini-consoles are honestly nothing new however as we’ve seen these in retail stores for many years now. The more exciting announcement was that Shenmue 1 and 2 would be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later this year for $29.99. It’s unclear what kind of enhancements and changes we can expect to see, but I’m sure Sega will be sharing more in the coming months, hopefully followed by some Shenmue 3 news as well.
Hope you all had a great week! Hoping to find some new games to start covering soon so keep an eye out for that in the future.