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After a long back and forth, Improbable confirms future Unity support for SpatialOS 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.19]
It's the conclusion of a week-long public back and forth between the two companies, one that both began and ended with changes to Unity's Terms of Service.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: Overcoming genre in Ni No Kuni 2 1
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
Ni No Kuni 2 is basically a collection of mechanically diverse mini-games, so what keeps the overall experience from feeling cobbled together?
Console/PC, Design

Sony's Shawn Layden to give DICE 2019 opening keynote 1
by Emma Kidwell [01.17.19]
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' (AIAS) has announced five additional speakers confirmed to attend the 2019 DICE Summit to discuss this year's theme of trailblazers. 
Console/PC, Design

Trailblazing Sega dev Rieko Kodama to be honored with Pioneer Award at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.17.19]
A trailblazing game artist, director and producer, Kodama carved out a career in an industry historically inhospitable to women, eventually leading development of some of the most well-regarded JRPGs!
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, GDC

NBA extends partnership with NBA 2K publisher 2K  
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has signed a new multi-year global partnership extension with NBA 2K publisher 2K Games.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Games and crowdfunding in 2018  
by Gamasutra Community [01.17.19]
This is Thomas Bidaux's annual post on crowdfunding and games, looking at how well games have performed on Kickstarter (and Fig) for the past year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Supergiant's fourth outing Hades introduces a more mature, organized dev process
by Bryant Francis [01.17.19]
Supergiant Games creative director Greg Kasavin sits down to discuss the design and business decisions behind Hades.
Console/PC, Design

Video: How Life is Strange brought a new era for narrative games  
by Staff [01.16.19]
In this GDC Europe 2016 talk, Dontnod's Christian Divine reflects on the writing and design process for Life is Strange, and how its development heralds a new era for narrative games.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Pioneer, Ubisoft's sci-fi game teased in Watch Dogs 2, reportedly cancelled  
by Emma Kidwell [01.16.19]
Pioneer, the sci-fi exploration game first discovered as an easter egg in Watch Dogs 2, has been cancelled according to former Ubisoft director Alex Hutchinson. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic fixes Fortnite security flaw which left all 200M+ players vulnerable  
by Emma Kidwell [01.16.19]
It looks like Epic Games' Fortnite was host to a series of bugs (that have since been fixed) which, if exploited together, could have exposed the accounts of any of its 200 million players. 
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Designing a new UI system for The Division  
by Staff [01.16.19]
Ubisoft Massive's Christian Savoie covers some of the major lessons learned while developing new technology and creating the UI for The Division.
Console/PC, Design

GDC 2019 offers a wealth of UI/UX talks to help you build better games!  
by Staff [01.16.19]
Good UI/UX is key: No matter how great your game is, people won't play it if it's a pain to learn and play. So come to GDC 2019 and learn useful UI/UX design strategies from the best in the business!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, GDC

GDC 2019 will host a Classic Game Postmortem of Paperboy!  
by Staff [01.16.19]
Veteran game dev John Salwitz, who's worked on everything from Rampart to Klax to Medal of Honor, will be at GDC 2019 in San Francisco the deliver a Classic Game Postmortem of Atari's arcade hit Paperboy
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

EA Vancouver's open-world Star Wars game has been canceled 3
by Chris Kerr [01.16.19]
The title was being built using some of the assets from Visceral's scrapped Star Wars project, which was handed over to EA Vancouver after the studio's closure in 2017. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Hitman developer IO Interactive has opened a new studio in Malmo  
by Chris Kerr [01.16.19]
The Danish company said the decision to open IOI Malmo was a "natural choice" given the region already plays home to a strong game dev community. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Thoughts on Detroit: Become Human  
by Staff [01.16.19]
Thomas Grip takes a look at the design behind Quantic Dream's Detroit: Become Human.
Console/PC, Design

Video: How reward systems can guide player experience in World of Warcraft  
by Staff [01.15.19]
Blizzard Entertainment's Travis Day shares some of the hardest lessons learned about how reward systems can guide or harm player experience in games like World of Warcraft and Diablo 3.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Tabletop games continue to succeed on Kickstarter as video games fall behind 6
by Emma Kidwell [01.15.19]
It looks as though tabletop games dominated Kickstarter in 2018, while successfully funded video game campaigns have declined. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Dusk sells 69,420 copies a month after launch  
by Emma Kidwell [01.15.19]
The 90s throwback shooter Dusk has sold 69,420 copies since launching as a Steam exclusive last month, according to the game's producer Dave Oshry. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Writing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to 'hold a mirror up to the world' 4
by Alex Wawro [01.15.19]
Eidos Montreal's Mary DeMarle chats about art and business of writing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a game about conspiracy theories, terrorism, and fear released into a world awash in the same.
Console/PC, Design