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Discord aims to disrupt by opening storefront to devs, offering 90% revenue share
by Emma Kidwell [12.14.18]
Discord announced today that it will be opening up its launcher at cost for all developers, with 90 percent revenue share going back to the developers.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Hacking into the combat AI of Watch Dogs 2  
by Staff [12.13.18]
In this GDC 2017 talk, Ubisoft's Chae Dickie-Clark explains how the NPCs of Watch Dogs 2 efficiently process their environment to select cover and perform other dynamic behaviors.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Best of 2018: How Rare designed Sea of Thieves' infinite pirate generator 1
by Jack Yarwood [12.13.18]
Rare lead character artist Sam Chester talks through the conception, design, and implementation of the "infinite pirate generator" character creator in the studio's swashbuckle-'em-up Sea of Thieves.
Console/PC, Programming, Art

Indie Megabooth is hosting a curated indie game collection on Kartridge  
by Alissa McAloon [12.13.18]
A partnership between the two companies will see past Indie Megabooth games regularly highlighted on Kongregate’s indie game storefront Kartridge.
Console/PC, Indie

Come to GDC and see how BioWare shaded the world of Anthem!  
by Staff [12.13.18]
At GDC 2019 you'll get an inside look at how BioWare artists breathe life into Anthem's dynamic seasons, weather events, and time of day using smart shader techniques.
Console/PC

Blog: How I faked Desert Child's striking 3D visuals 1
by Chris Kerr [12.13.18]
Oscar Brittain and Akupara Games are releasing Desert Child on Switch, Xbox, PS4, and Steam on December 11. Oscar hit us with the following tech blog on how he 'faked' the game's striking 3D look.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design

Video: The living world of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
by Staff [12.12.18]
In this GDC 2016 session, CD Projekt Red's Matthew Steinke explains how he developed a role-playing experience that would provide players with gameplay spanning the vast open world of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2M units worldwide  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.18]
Quantic Dream announced earlier today that Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2 million copies worldwide since launching back in May. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

First-party Switch games are setting new attach rate records for Nintendo 5
by Alissa McAloon [12.12.18]
Nintendo says that the Switch is performing at historic levels for the company, and the attach rates for many of the company’s first-party titles are one such example of that.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Best of 2018: A Classic Tools Retrospective on the first version of the Unreal Editor 10
by David Lightbown [12.12.18]
Epic founder Tim Sweeney talks to David Lightbown about UnrealEd, one of the most popular level editors in the game industry, used to build levels for Unreal, Deus Ex, Gears of War, BioShock and more.
Console/PC, Programming

Play these 20 unique games at GDC 2019's alt.ctrl.GDC showcase!  
by Staff [12.12.18]
One of these alternative controller games will win the alt.ctrl.GDC Award -- which includes a $3k prize plus a special trophy handmade by game maker Robin Baumgarten -- at the IGF ceremony during GDC!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, alt ctrl gdc

Epic Store to launch cross-platform games services suite  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.18]
Epic is rolling out many new features for the Epic Games Store beginning in 2019, starting with the launch of a cross-platform games service free for all developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate breaks the series' launch sales record in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.18]
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 1.23 million copies in Japan during its launch weekend, according to the latest sales figures from Famitsu.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: An IKEA guide to Steam product pages that simply work 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.18]
The role of your game's store page varies depending on the stage of your marketing campaign you are in at the moment. Whatever role it plays, it proves to be a handy tool in your marketing toolbox.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Catching up with indie studio Tomorrow Corporation
by John Harris [12.12.18]
The members of Little Inferno and Human Resources Machine dev Tomorrow Corporation helped define the indie movement of the mid-2000s. We pick their brains and see what they're up to today.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Watch Greg Kasavin discuss the development of Supergiant Games' Hades 1
by Bryant Francis [12.11.18]
Supergiant Games creative director Greg Kasavin sits down with the GDC team to discuss the design and process that drive the making of Hades, the company's new Early Access title.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Best of 2018: The great video game exodus 46
by Simon Parkin [12.11.18]
Video game developers are leaving the industry at a steady rate after 3-6 years of work. Why?
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft ends automatic bans for offensive language in Rainbow Six Siege  
by Alissa McAloon [12.11.18]
The company says it’s making the switch to more hands-on anti-toxicity measures by pairing chat filters with human moderation.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: How Tom Clancy's The Division manages AI online  
by Gamasutra Community [12.11.18]
In the second part of my series on The Division, I explain how the online systems manage the AI characters in-game.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Amy Hennig to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [12.11.18]
Organizers of the 19th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards will be honoring esteemed writer and director Amy Hennig (Uncharted series, Soul Reaver) with the Lifetime Achievement Award at GDC 2019!
Console/PC, GDC