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Encouraging collaboration among players in Sea of Thieves  
by Emma Kidwell [07.18.18]
In a recent interview with The Guardian, lead designer on Sea of Thieves Mike Chapman discusses the evolution of how players went from competing against each other to collaborating.   
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Slime Rancher dev Monomi Park is hiring a 3D Environment Artist  
by Staff [07.18.18]
San Mateo-based Monomi Park is looking for a 3D Environment Artist well-versed in 3D modeling, texturing, shader creation to contribute to the development of Slime Rancher and its future titles.
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Fortnite has collected $1 billion from in-game purchases  
by Emma Kidwell [07.18.18]
Epic Games’ Fortnite has earned over $1 billion so far from in-game purchases alone according to a report published by market research firm Superdata.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Promethean AI aims to take the grunt work out of worldbuilding through AI  
by Alissa McAloon [07.18.18]
Headed by former Naughty Dog technical director Andrew Maximov, Promethean AI tackles the mundane, non-creative side of worldbuilding to help artists and devs.
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Don't Miss: Applying lessons from Warcraft's world to Overwatch arenas  
by Staff [07.18.18]
We spoke to Blizzard's Aaron Keller about the design of Overwatch's first-person shooter arenas, and how lessons he learned from designing maps for World of Warcraft still matter today.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Tencent awarded $2.9M in case against dev of alleged League of Legends clone  
by Alissa McAloon [07.18.18]
A Chinese court ruled that Tencent was owed roughly $2.9 million following a lawsuit filed against Mobile Legends developer Moonton.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Xaviant to delist The Culling 2 after rocky launch, opts to support The Culling 1 instead 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.18.18]
Xaviant has announced that it is delisting the recently released game and instead focusing its efforts on reviving and supporting the day-one build of the original The Culling.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Video

Blog: Studying the level design of The Last of Us: Part II 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.18.18]
Gameloft level designer Ovidiu Mantoc analyzes some of the design beats showcased in the recent gameplay trailer for The Last of Us: Part II.
Console/PC, Design

Devs weigh in on the best ways to write and design characters  
by Alan Bradley [07.18.18]
Game devs Chris Avellone, Obsidian's Carrie Patel, and Guerrilla's Dan Calvert chat with Gamasutra about how they and their teams write and design characters -- from start to finish.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blizzard does away with World of Warcraft Battle Chest pricing 2
by Bryant Francis [07.17.18]
An update to the Blizzard store appears to confirm that purchasing the base game of World of Warcraft will no longer be required, only a subscription to the game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Populating the open world of Horizon Zero Dawn  
by Staff [07.17.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, Guerrilla Games' Daniel Calvert explains how the studio approached the challenges of making characters for Horizon Zero Dawn.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Pirated copies of Surviving Mars and Frostpunk sold on Amazon 1
by Emma Kidwell [07.17.18]
It was discovered over the weekend that Amazon had temporarily sold pirated copies of PC games like Frostpunk and Surviving Mars.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PAX 10 reveals Praey for the Gods, Shift Quantum, and more for 2018 showcase 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.17.18]
The folks behind PAX 10 have revealed the 10 games set to be featured in the annual showcase at PAX West this fall.
Console/PC, Indie

Back catalog games continue to drive growth for Ubisoft as Q1 sales hit $466M  
by Alissa McAloon [07.17.18]
Even beyond just back catalog titles, most categories reported in Ubisoft’s quarterly release saw a significant increase when compared to the first quarter of the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 announces call for papers, submit your talks now!  
by Bryant Francis [07.17.18]
Now is the time to submit your talks for the 2019 Game Developers Conference!
Console/PC, Design

Blog: A Cultist Simulator retrospective 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.17.18]
The postmortem for Weather Factory's 1920s Lovecraftian card game Cultist Simulator, an indie success story for 2018.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Blog: Multi-tiered horror design with Resident Evil Remastered  
by Gamasutra Community [07.17.18]
While plenty of people are talking about the Resident Evil 2 remake, I want to go back to the first remastered to see how it used enemy designs to ramp up the horror.
Console/PC, Design

Book Excerpt: Keeping the player at the heart of the story 2
by Toiya Kristen Finley [07.17.18]
In this chapter of "Narrative Tactics for Mobile and Social Games: Pocket-Sized Storytelling" author Toiya Kristen Finley, Phd unpacks the narrative design process for games built for mobile devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Saudi Arabia appears to ban 47 video games after deaths of children 3
by Bryant Francis [07.16.18]
UPDATED The Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media has banned several video games in the wake of the deaths of two children (though the deaths appear unrelated at this time).
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: The 10-year evolution of the Assassins Creed franchise  
by Staff [07.16.18]
In this GDC 2018 presentation, Ubisoft's Jean Guesdon breaks down the evolution behind the Assassin's Creed brand.
Console/PC, Design, Video