April 2020 video games news
We present you the April 2020 video games news and as you well know the COVID-19 crisis is affecting all industries in one way or another. The video game world has also been shaken by this situation and has left us with some interesting news in this month of April.
April’s big releases.
March brought us great releases like the long-awaited Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Call Of Duty: Warzone. Two new releases of two really successful sagas.
However, April came loaded with remakes and revivals.
Two of the most expected releases are new versions of games were real bombshells during the 90’s:
FFVII Remake: the installment that changed the universe of RGP games returned this April 10th. We can enjoy again the adventures of Cloud with graphics that will leave us breathless.
Resident Evil 3: one of the emblematic titles of the Resident Evil saga is back. From April 3rd we can walk again the streets of Racoon City while we run away from the zombies.
Another long-awaited remake is Trials Of Mana, which was released on April 24th. The original game was released in 1995 under the name “Seiken Densetsu 3”. The new version has 3D graphics which promise to be a great experience.
A new feature is the newest episode in Gears Of War universe: Gear Tactics, available from the 28th. The gameplay is focused on strategy and troop organization. Nothing like the first-person shooter we’re used to.
Playstation offers free games and donates $10 million to independent developers.
The video game giant has not wanted to be left out during this health crisis and has done its bit so that players can continue to enjoy their leisure time from home. From April 15 to May 5, PS4 owners can download the games Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey for free. Once downloaded, players can keep them on their consoles as long as they want.
In the same way, they wanted to show their solidarity with independent video game studios, one of the most affected branches of the industry. Sony will donate 10 million dollars to help mitigate the economic damage suffered by the smaller studios.
The National Video Game Museum in the UK is in danger
The National Video Game Museum in the United Kingdom is facing a possible closure of its doors.
With the crisis of the COVID-19 it has had to close its doors to the public like the rest of the businesses that are not of basic need and its economic sustainability has been put at risk.
They explained in a statement that “They do not have a secure funding network” and that “The UK is in danger of losing this unique place, with almost 100 playable exhibitions, school workshops and family events”.
In response, a platform for donations has been opened. An estimated £80,000 is needed to secure the museum’s future. Over 65,000 have been raised to date.
Anyone interested in preserving this video game institution can make a donation from www.justgiving.com/campaign/savetheNVMuk.
NASA creates video game to map coral reefs
In the midst of confinement, NASA has launched a new educational game that allows players to contribute to environmental research.
The game is a mobile application called NeMO-Net in which players can identify different types of algae and corals thanks to graphics taken from images and 3D models.
Beyond being an educational entertainment, the game will serve to help train the NASA computer team to independently map coral reefs thanks to the players.
WHO retracts and encourages video game play during confinement
In May 2019 the World Health Organization included video game addiction in its list of international diseases (ICD-11) under the official name of “gaming disorder”.
Curiously now, less than a year later and in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it has joined the #PlayApartTogether initiative along with 19 other companies in the video game sector.
The campaign promoted by companies such as Activision Blizzard, Amazon Appstore and Twitch, among others, is encouraging people to play video games at home as a way of preventing contagion.
After last year’s controversy, it remains to be seen whether the WHO’s promotion of video game consumption is a turn of events or just an anecdote.
On Friday Mood we have launched Billionz in collaboration with Egogames and it is already available for IOS and Android.