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I just started Adorable Home, a free game available on iOS and Android, because all of my friends are addicted to it. My main motivation to play it is because the animal visitors you might meet include a koala, a fox, and a deer!
A FROG AND KOALA INSIDE MINWON'S HOME IMㅡ pic.twitter.com/i2VgzCf4CL
— meaniefeels (@meaniefeels) February 29, 2020
A deer showed up in my garden in Adorable Home 😍 pic.twitter.com/rU0Kbj4AhI
— 🍊🍊🍊 (@midnightbex) January 15, 2020
Let us know on Twitter what games you’re currently playing and what games you’re looking forward to! Here’s news we’re thinking about this week:
Game Developers Conference Postponed
The annual Game Developers Conference was scheduled for March 16-20 in San Francisco, but has now been postponed for some time this summer. A number of major companies including Epic Games, Activision Blizzard, Sony, Microsoft, and Kojima Productions had canceled plans to attend. Many game developers are taking a financial hit as they won’t be able to recoup expenses they’ve already spent towards attending GDC, so be on the lookout on Twitter for ways you can support developers! Emily Grace Buck is one of many developers whom you might be interested in following on Twitter for more about GDC and its impact on indie devs, as is Cassia Curran:
We raised $35k so fast due to these bloody wonderful people. Hoping to help struggling indie devs with their nonrefundable GDC costs 🙏 https://t.co/4H1gsevTRF
— Cassia Curran (@CassiaCurran) February 29, 2020
Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Drops
At long last, a playable demo of Final Fantasy VII Remake is available now on the PlayStation Store, and it’s free.
We've just released the free #FinalFantasy VII Remake demo on PlayStation Store.
What are you waiting for? Download it now and experience the beginning of the story for yourself! #FF7R
— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) March 2, 2020
In other news about Final Fantasy VII Remake: Square Enix has stated that though part one’s release had to be delayed until April 10, this delay will not impact development of part 2. Also, the game will be exclusive to Sony platforms until April 2021.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Customization
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is swiftly approaching with its release on March 20, and last week we found out new details:
A very interesting quote from this preview:
"You can pick your gender, (…) I played as a girl, but the game informs you several times that you can change your appearance and gender whenever you want to."
You can just. Change your gender at will. WOW!https://t.co/MToRJdxJ6b
— Ida (@ida_doefriend) February 26, 2020
Now, I want everyone to know that you'll be able to adjust the way you look while on your new island, so there's no need to worry! Yes, yes, as long as you have a mirror or a vanity, you can change up your style at any time! ♪ #ACNH pic.twitter.com/QcDLrB24bL
— Tom Nook UK (@AC_Isabelle) February 26, 2020
Sam Loveridge, Editor-in-Chief of Games Radar, played a preview of the game and reported how character customization works, as well as how you progress as an islander setting up your home.
Monster Hunter Movie Posters Revealed
Monster Hunter releases in theaters this September. The movie, which stars Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa and is directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, revealed two posters of its stars.
— Monster Hunter (@Monster_Hunter) February 28, 2020
Jovovich is wielding the Giant Jawblade while Jaa has the Great Hunter’s Bow.
Animal Crossing Booth at PAX East
PAX East, a large convention with a sizable presence from major video game companies, occurred last week and this past weekend in Boston. Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons booth was a popular attraction. Isabelle and Tom Nook were there, of course.
EVERYONE, I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS. pic.twitter.com/8mUre0rKJB
— Erika Ishii (@erikaishii) February 27, 2020
Workers of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains. pic.twitter.com/2S6OjcJM8V
— Erika Ishii (@erikaishii) February 29, 2020
Apex Legends‘ New Deja Loot Mode
Apex Legends‘ new event from March 3 to March 17, System Override Collection, has a new mode called Deja Loot where all loot is static instead of randomly spawned. The first week will be on the World’s Edge map, and the second will be on Kings Canyon, the original map of the game.
Overwatch Mardi Gras Event and Experimental Mode
Overwatch has a Mardi Gras event running until March 9 that includes a Mardi Gras Ashe skin and a new Arcade game type, Experimental Mode. The developers will use this mode to test different gameplay modes; the current Experimental Mode has teams composed of three damage heroes, two supports, and one tank.
- Kazuhisa Hashimoto, the creator of the “Konami Code” used in Contra and other games, has died.
- Several game trailers released last week including Baldur’s Gate 3 and One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows.
- Lara Croft is now a playable character in Brawlhalla, a free-to-play game on Switch, PS4, PC, and Xbox One.
- Star Wars Battlefront II received a large free update last week. Here’s a summary of the changes.
- Developers say Google Stadia isn’t offering enough money.
Why aren't so many games on Google Stadia? Developers told me that Google isn't offering enough money, among other concerns: https://t.co/C6xFp7hdEH
— Ben Gilbert (@RealBenGilbert) March 1, 2020
- Ever wanted to play a game where you encourage your coworkers to form a union? Here’s one we noticed recently:
Added some new features to #SolidarityGame (my little RPG about unionizing a potion factory). You can now add notes and support rankings to keep track of who you've talked to and how they feel about organizing. #gamedev pic.twitter.com/dTj1p6RMC6
— C (@ckjong) December 17, 2019
- Lastly, if you know me you know I love fan art, so I just wanted to share these gorgeous Fire Emblem: Three Houses tarot cards:
[#FE3H Major Arcana series]
18 Claude, The Moon
19 Ashe, The Sun feat. Cat pic.twitter.com/QgUDvk8WHA
— Lauren B. (@laurenbaldoart) February 28, 2020
[#FE3H Major Arcana series]
10 Hilda, Wheel of Fortune feat. some GD kids
11 Ferdinand, Justice pic.twitter.com/MG7ngnGrR6
— Lauren B. (@laurenbaldoart) November 9, 2019
Writer at Sidequest and WWAC; past: Newsarama, Comicosity, executive editor of Kollaboration. I’ve watched over 200 hours of Life is Strange playthroughs. Talk to me about LiS, The Last of Us, and the games and fandoms you love! Twitter: @loudlysilent