Final Fantasy 7 Remake Now Available on PlayStation 4

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Square Enix has released Final Fantasy 7 Remake today on PlayStation 4, available physically and digitally for $59.99.

Despite the name, Final Fantasy 7 Remake does not cover the entire 1997 RPG, nor is it a one-to-one remake. It re-imagines the original PS1 game into a full AAA experience, using a more real-time action combat system akin to Final Fantasy 15.

The remake covers the initial area of Midgar, as heroes Cloud, Tifa, Barret, and Aerith battle against the oppressive Shinra corporation, who controls the planet’s life force. In the original seminal RPG, the Midgar section lasted fewer than ten hours. The remake expands this area to over 30 hours, providing new details on the resistance group of Avalanche, and the villainous Sephiroth.

More episodes of Final Fantasy 7 Remake are expected to finish covering the entire scope of the original 50+ hour RPG. Release dates and titles for future episodes have not yet been announced.

You can play through the opening chapter of the remake for free via the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Demo. If you download the demo before May 11, you will receive an exclusively PS4 theme.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is rated T for Teen, with Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcholol and Tobacco, and Violence. It’s available exclusively on PlayStation 4.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s First Seasonal Event, Bunny Day, Starts Today

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The seasonal Bunny Day celebration begins today in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Even though it’s called “Bunny Day,” the event itself runs through the next 10 days, ending April 12. Make sure to download the launch day 1.1 patch if you haven’t already to access the event.

A new character will be hiding somewhere on your island, an excited bunny named Zipper. Zipper will explain that painted eggs have been hidden around the island, including in trees, rocks, water (use the fishing pole!) as well as found in floating presents.

You’ll only be able to find a limited number of eggs each day. You can also travel to other islands by purchasing a Nook Miles Ticket, and find eggs on each island.

Eggs are used to craft the unique Bunny Day recipes, including furniture, accessories, and clothes, all with a pastel style. Bunny Day DIY Recipes are also found hidden around the islands. The closer it gets to Bunny Day (April 12) the more recipes Zipper will hide.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available on Nintendo Switch. It’s rated E for Everyone. The Bunny Day event runs from April 1 to April 12.

Disney Mirrorverse Is an Action-RPG Launching on Mobile

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Mobile developer Kabam, along with Disney, have announced Disney Mirrorverse. Disney Mirrorrverse is an action-packed world of Disney and Pixar characters, releasing on mobile devices later this year.

In Disney Mirrroverse, players unlock, assemble (and most likely, purchase) souped-up Disney and Pixar characters called Guardians. Teams of Guardians must defeat waves of enemies in real-time combat by unleashing each character’s special abilities.

“Disney Mirrorverse represents a brave reimagining of iconic Disney and Pixar characters and stories, and we’re delighted to be working with Kabam to bring this original universe to life for players,” said Sean Shoptaw, SVP, Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “This stunning new adventure will appeal to Disney fans and die-hard RPG fans alike, and we can’t wait to show players what’s on the other side of the Stellar Mirror.”

“We are beyond excited to bring so many amazing Disney and Pixar characters together, and to present each of them in a heroic light that fans have never seen before,” said Tim Fields, CEO, Kabam. “Over the coming months, we’ll be working closely with our friends at Disney to tune and polish this immersive and engaging adventure.”

Disney Mirrorverse is currently in beta testing in select regions. You can sign up for updates at the official website.

Gaming Industry and World Health Org Partner with Play Apart Together Campaign

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As we continue to see the spread of the global pandemic COVID-19, especially here in the United States, the gaming industry has launched a public awareness campaign. The Play Apart Together campaign will share and promote important health and safety messages from the World Health Organization, to slow the spread of the illness.

The following is a statement from Ray Chambers, US Ambassador to the WHO:

During this challenging time, I applaud the ingenuity of partners from all sectors who are stepping up to assist in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) will enlist the global gaming industry to reach millions with important messages to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. The games sector will launch #PlayApartTogether, an initiative to inform and encourage their vast network of users to follow the WHO’s important health guidelines-including physical distancing, hand hygiene and other powerful preventive actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Through this unifying hashtag, companies will encourage conversation within their games and on social media.

I thank the games industry for stepping up to help bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this campaign to #PlayApartTogether encourages even more people to stay safe and healthy while they help flatten the curve and save lives.

The Play Apart Together campaign will feature special events and activities in many of the most popular games and biggest game publishers and services in the world. Participating companies include Activision Blizzard, Amazon, Jam City, Riot Games, Twitch, YouTube, and Zynga.

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Minecraft: Education Edition is Free for Educators to Support Online Teaching

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Schools around the country and the world are closing to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which means many students and teachers are using online tools for education. Microsoft is helping teachers and students stay connected by offering Minecraft: Education Edition for free to all educators through June 30.

In order to qualify, teachers will need to have a valid Office 365 Education account, and fill out this form. You’ll also need to make sure your school is eligible. If you receive access, you can download Minecraft: Education Edition for Windows, Mac or iOS (iPad). If you don’t have a valid account, or just want to check it out, you can still download the game and try a free demo lesson.

Microsoft has also put together a remote learning toolkit that includes 50 lessons, activities, and projects that educators can use with Minecraft: Education Edition. A new category of educational Minecraft worlds are also available in the Minecraft Marketplace. All of these worlds are free to download through June 30.

“Distance learning requires students to be engaged in content in news ways,” said Becky Keene, Minecraft certified trainer and educator. “As they work remotely, they need to have activities and environments that motivate them to learn. Minecraft supports almost any content area, and students can show me their learning without missing a beat!”