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Updates » Console/PC
Sony (finally) agrees to PlayStation 4 cross-platform play 1
by Chris Kerr [09.26.18]
"This represents a major policy change for Sony Interactive Entertainment, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change."
Console/PC, Design

Valve calls out surprising popularity of PS4, Switch Pro controllers on Steam 3
by Bryant Francis [09.25.18]
Valve wants you to know that players are interested in using the PS4 and Switch Pro Controllers more on Steam, and they're working to make them more compatible in the future.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: A Myst classic postmortem from co-creator Robyn Miller 5
by Staff [09.25.18]
Myst co-creator and sound composer Robyn Miller shares the design and production details behind one of gaming's most iconic first-person adventures.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Ex-Telltale dev files class action suit over sudden mass layoffs 2
by Alissa McAloon [09.25.18]
A former Telltale employee has filed a class action lawsuit against the company alleging a violation California’s WARN Act by failing to give 60 days notice ahead of mass layoffs.
Console/PC

2K launches 'Foundations' program to support underprivileged communities  
by Chris Kerr [09.25.18]
The initative will help underprivileged neighborhoods by providing "essential technology upgrades" in community centres, and also refurbishing local basketball courts.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Telltale looking to work with 'potential partners' to finish The Walking Dead 1
by Chris Kerr [09.25.18]
Telltale claims it's working on a solution to finish The Walking Dead, but the news hasn't gone down too well with many game developers.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Footage and concept art from Telltale's canceled Stranger Things project has surfaced  
by Chris Kerr [09.25.18]
Netflix has explained it's "evaluating other options for bringing the Stranger Things universe to life," meaning this could be the first and final glimpse we catch of Telltale's vision.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Postmortem: Midnight Hub's mystery puzzler Lake Ridden
by Gamasutra Community [09.25.18]
Lake Ridden is a mystery-puzzle indie game developed by two artists, two programmers/designers, and one producer. In this postmortem, we'll look back at its two-year production.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Psychosis and the making of Hellblade
by Staff [09.24.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, Ninja Theory's Dominic Matthews and Tameem Antoniades discuss the delivery of the mental health themes in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Archiving Will Wright's early design notes for The Sims  
by Emma Kidwell [09.24.18]
The Strong Museum of Play spoke with Game Informer recently about obtaining the design documents and sketches from The Sims creator Will Wright.
Console/PC, Design

Destiny 2 devs explain the evolution of Gambit's combo PvP and PvE play  
by Alissa McAloon [09.24.18]
Gambit aims to merge the mostly-separate player-vs-player and player-vs-everything sides of Destiny 2, but its creation didn't come without its fair share of struggles.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Devil May Cry 5's microtransactions designed as an 'option...to save time' 10
by Emma Kidwell [09.24.18]
Devil May Cry 5 will include microtransactions for in-game orbs initially obtained through combat or exploration if players wish to speed up the upgrade process and add buffs earlier.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The value of taking a narrative approach to level design 1
by Staff [09.24.18]
Game designer Jolie Menzel shared some advice on how storytelling techniques can be applied to level design, drawing on her experience making games at Ubisoft and, before that, Telltale.
Console/PC, Design

Free-to-play Warface grabs 1.3M registered players in one week on PS4  
by Alissa McAloon [09.24.18]
Overall, the top six countries, including the US, Germany, France, the UK, Brazil, and Russia, only represent around 62 percent of the title’s total registered PS4 players for week one.
Console/PC, Social/Online

XRDC speaker Q&A: Charles Yust on the potential of interactive AR exhibits  
by Bryant Francis [09.24.18]
Charles Yust, principal design technologist at frog, gives a preview of his upcoming XRDC talk about the power of interactive AR exhibits in museums.
VR, Console/PC, Design

Report: Guild Wars 2 in-game currency no longer available in Belgium  
by Chris Kerr [09.24.18]
The issue appears to be unique to Belgium, as some players in the country have succeeded in buying gems by using a VPN to make it seem like they're connecting to the store from another region.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Unavowed Ninja's Red (Dead) Redemption 1
by Gamasutra Staff [09.24.18]
This week's highlights include analysis of adventure title Unavowed, a cover story on Fortnite streamer Ninja, & detailed impressions of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Designing Titans, the 'moving' levels in God of War III
by Staff [09.21.18]
In this classic GDC 2012 talk, Sony Santa Monica's Chris O'Neill and Bruno Velazquez share the development story of making God of War III's Titans from elevator pitch to completion.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Stillfront acquires Imperia Online developer for $11M  
by Emma Kidwell [09.21.18]
The Swedish firm Stillfront Group announced today that it has acquired developer Imperia Online, known for the medieval-themed MMO strategy game of the same name $11.7 million. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Telltale Games initiates 'majority studio closure' 11
by Staff [09.21.18]
Update Telltale Games, the studio behind games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, is all but closing its doors, the company confirmed Friday.
Console/PC