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Postmortem: Sony Bend Studio's Uncharted: Golden Abyss 8
by John Garvin, Jeff Ross, Francois Gilbert, Chris Reese [11.08.12]
In this incredibly detailed postmortem, Sony Bend dives deeply into the the development of Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PlayStation Vita, explaining precisely what roadblocks held back the system's premier launch title.
Design, Postmortem, Production

The Tip of the Iceberg: Storytelling and Reactive Design in Canabalt and Capsule 5
by James Dilks [11.05.12]
Adam Saltsman found instant success and helped reinvent the endless runner genre with Canabalt in 2009. Here, he discusses his inspirations, his approach to development and narrative, and his desire to create an "uncomfortable" game.
Design, Interview

The Tightrope Walk: Hitman Absolution, Freedom, and Realism 9
by Christian Nutt [11.02.12]
Hitman Absolution director Tore Blystad talks to Gamasutra about the challenges the latest game in the franchise have brought to the team at IO Interactive -- how they've dealt with the challenge of making the game realistic, but not too realistic to be fun.
Design, Interview

How to Design Your iOS Game to Grow: Learning from the Style of Tiger Style 5
by Wagner James Au [11.01.12]
In this excerpt from Game Design Secrets by Wagner James Au Randy Smith from Tiger Style (Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor and Waking Mars) shares the story of how he and David Kalina built a successful mobile game studio building thoughtful, artful, genre-defying games for iOS.
Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Postmortem: Humble Hearts' Dust: An Elysian Tail 17
by Dean Dodrill, Alex Kain [10.31.12]
In this candid and detailed postmortem, developer Dean Dodrill tells the tale of the challenging and largely solo development of Summer of Arcade hit Dust: An Elysian Tail, a title that took him over three years to create.
Audio, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art

An Assassin's Revolution 3
by Kevin Ohannessian [10.30.12]
Gamasutra speaks to Alex Hutchinson, creative director of Assassin's Creed III, to get a peek into what it takes to create a game of this scope and scale across multiple studios -- and to hear how difficult it is to refresh a franchise that's already had four installments this generation.
Design, Interview

What Would Geralt Do? Witcher 2's Approach to Choice and Decision 6
by Christian Nutt [10.29.12]
CD Projekt's lead gameplay designer Maciej Szcześnik and gameplay producer Marek Ziemak walk Gamasutra through the finer points of balancing a strong character and story with player freedom.
Design, Interview

The Evolution of Puzzle Craft 7
by Artur Ganszyniec [10.25.12]
On the road to smartphone success, there significant are challenges -- game design, business model, and look and feel. How did one developer navigate those waters? This candid look back examines all of these crucial elements of building a mobile game.
Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

From DICE to Danger Close: The Man Who Changed Medal of Honor 4
by Christian Nutt [10.24.12]
Gamasutra sits down with Kristoffer Bergqvist, a DICE veteran from Sweden who moved to Los Angeles to join Danger Close as its creative director of multiplayer -- to change the studio's way of making multiplayer games.
Design, Interview

There's Something About SWERY 4
by Frank Cifaldi [10.22.12]
The director of cult hit Deadly Premonition explains the twisted genesis of the game among the ruins of a cancelled project -- and how, in the process, he found his chance to realize ideas he'd been nursing for his entire career.
Design, Interview