Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Out Now On PS4

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Out Now On PS4

Square Enix has released a free PS4 demo for Final Fantasy VII Remake in advance of the April 10 release of the long-awaited game's first installment.

The demo – available now – covers the game's beginning, through the Mako Reactor 1 bombing mission.

If you're unsure if you want to purchase the game when it comes out on April 10, the demo will be available after the remake's launch, although you must download it before May 11 if you want to get an exclusive PS4 theme when the title comes out.

New Beasts Arrive In Monster Hunter World: Iceborne On March 23

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New Beasts Arrive In Monster Hunter World: Iceborne On March 23

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's third free update arrives on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 23. The PC update will hit just a month later in April, yet no exact date was given. The free content includes two new monsters: the Raging Brachydios and the Furious Rajang.

Iceborne is the massive expansion for Monster Hunter World that released last September. Capcom has continued to support Monster Hunter World like a living game, and it'll be interesting to see how much more content we get over the span of 2020.

You can see both of the upcoing variant beasts in action in the video below:

Riot's Tactical Hero Shooter 'Project A' Is Officially Called Valorant, Out This Summer

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Riot's Tactical Hero Shooter 'Project A' Is Officially Called Valorant, Out This Summer

In October 2019, Riot Games, the iconic studio behind League of Legends, announced a full slate of new games coming over the next several years. While nearly every game is set in the League of Legends universe, one title, codenamed "Project A" was said to exist in a new universe, as a completely new IP. Today, Riot Games announced both a name and release window for its shooter: Project A is officially called Valorant, and it will launch on PC this summer.

When this free-to-play title launches, Riot Games is targeting 12 heroes (called Agents in-game), as well as 4 maps. The game will operate as a live-service title, meaning players can expect new heroes and maps on a regular basis.

Not only that, but I spent a day on the campus of Riot Games in Santa Monica, Calif., learning the ins and outs of the title by not only speaking to the team, but going hands on with it. For more on Riot Games' promising title, be sure to check out my hands-on impressions.

GDC Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns; E3 Organizer The ESA 'Watching The Situation Very Closely'

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GDC Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns; E3 Organizer The ESA 'Watching The Situation Very Closely'

The Game Developers Conference, which was set to take place March 16 to 20 in San Francisco, Calif. has been postponed by its organizers Informa due to concerns surrounding the global spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. The conference, which started in 1988, draws attendance from an international pool of developers, publishers, press, and more.

You can read the statement from the organizers of GDC in its entirety below.

The news comes following several companies, including Sony, Microsoft, EA, and Activision-Blizzard, deciding to pull their attendance from GDC 2020 due to concerns surrounding the global spread of COVID-19. In addition, an email sent to those who purchased or otherwise acquired a badge to GDC 2020 says, "[all] current paid registrants will be receiving a full refund within 4-6 weeks." The FAQ page linked above says that those who booked hotel reservations inside the official GDC room block will not have any fees or penalties when they cancel their rooms.

Plague Inc. Removed From China's App Store

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Plague Inc. Removed From China's App Store

Plague Inc. is a game that pushes players to try to annihilate all life with an evolving pathogen. The game was released on mobile devices in 2012 and has been played by more than 130 million people, but has recently been pulled from China's digital stores during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ndemic Creations, the studio behind Plague Inc., issued a statement that details the reasoning for the removal. The game "includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China."

Ndemic says Plague Inc. has been one of China's most popular paid games, and the team is working hard to try to get the game back up in the stores. "It's not clear to us if the removal is linked to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that China is facing," the statement reads. "Plague Inc.'s educational importance has been repeatedly recognized by organizations like the CDC and we are currently working with major global health organizations to determine how we can best support their efforts to contain and control COVID-19."

Check Out A Ridiculously Fast Round Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's 3v3 Gunfight

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Check Out A Ridiculously Fast Round Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's 3v3 Gunfight

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Gunfight matches are meant to be fast, but not this fast. Reddit user IPyro58 posted a clip that achieves a feat most of us will never duplicate – three headshots with one bullet. The opposing team was well coordinated, but the formation was too tight. The only way this match could go faster is if IPyro58 didn't have to run to get into position. What a shot!

Zarude, The Rogue Monkey Pokémon, Unleashed in Pokémon Sword & Shield

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Zarude, The Rogue Monkey Pokémon, Unleashed in Pokémon Sword & Shield

To celebrate Pokémon Day, a new Mythical Pokémon is being introduced into Pokémon Sword and Shield – Zarude. This Dark- and Grass-type Pokémon is known as the Rogue Monkey, and it uses vines grown from its body to get around, attack, and even heal itself.

The new trailer for Zarude gives players just a glimpse of the creature's vine abilities, and developer Game Freak says more info on the Pokémon is coming in the future.

In other news, the company has announced limited-time Max Raid battles. Starting today at 4 p.m. Pacific until Sunday, March 1 at 3:59 p.m. Pacific, Dynamax Mewtwo may appear in Max Raid Battles. It can't be caught, but if you beat it you'll get rare items like Ability Capsules. 

Star Wars Battlefront II Adds A Wealth Of New Content, Including More Cooperative Play

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Star Wars Battlefront II Adds A Wealth Of New Content, Including More Cooperative Play

Star Wars Battlefront II has quietly transformed into a success story, moving from the microtransaction-heavy bowels of the sarlaac pit to the comfy seat of a soaring X-Wing carrying a payload of free content. The game's latest update, dubbed The Age of Rebellion, is impressive in size. With the focus on the original trilogy, players can now play cooperatively on the classic locations of Mos Eisley, Yavin IV, Hoth, Jabba's Palace, Endor, the Kessel mines, and the Death Star II. As an added bonus, DICE is making co-op play available on the prequel-era capital ships, the Venator and Dreadnaught.

This update also introduces the Ewok hunter, an infiltrator unit with a bow and arrow, and the ISB agent, a dual-wielding infiltrator. The ISB Agent's final ability regenerates nearby allies' base health, and the Ewok hunter can single out weakened foes.

Players can also bring new weapons into the fray, such as a new blasters like the E-11D and DL-18, as well as the T-21 heavy blaster, and the Cycler Rifle. Heroes vs. Villains skirts the classic trilogy to add playable maps set on the MC85 Star Cruiser and the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer.

PlatinumGames Reveals Its New IP

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PlatinumGames Reveals Its New IP

PlatinumGames, the studio that developed titles like Bayonetta and Nier: Automata, has revealed a trailer for a brand new IP going by the working title Project G.G. for now.  The video (which you can watch above) teases an action-focused experienced with a transforming hero and a giant monster.

In an official message from director Hideki Kamiya, he explains that Project G.G. is different from previous PlatinumGames efforts because it is a new IP owned by the studio. "For everything from its setting and characters, to its game design and story, to how it’s promoted – PlatinumGames is in full control," Kamiya says.  

The announcement contains no release window, but don't expect to see the game soon. Kamiya's message notes, "The finish line is still a long way away."

Shadow Of The Colossus And Sonic Forces Are March's Free PlayStation Plus Games

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Shadow Of The Colossus And Sonic Forces Are March's Free PlayStation Plus Games

If you subscribe to PlayStation Plus, you can download Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces for free starting on March 3. You'll have until April 6 to get both of these games. You also have until March 2 to download February's free games, which are BioShock: The Collection, Firewall Zero Hour, and The Sims 4.

Shadow of the Colossus is a must-play game that scored a 9 out of 10 rating from Game Informer's review. If you haven't played the game since it originally released on PlayStation 2, this enhanced PlayStation 4 version features all-new visuals, 4k display options, and the ability to play it at 60 frames per second on PlayStation 4 Pro.

Sonic Forces didn't fare as well, scoring just a 6.5 out of 10 in our review. People are high on Sonic right now after the surprisingly fun movie, so this game may be worth a look if you want to see what he's been up to in games.