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Updates » Indie
How player criticism helped make Dead Cells the game it is today  
by Samuel Horti [08.01.18]
"Big indie titles had failed at this type of thing...it wasn't something we were confident in," explains dev Sebastien Benard in this candid chat about forging Dead Cells in the fires of Early Access.
Indie, Design, Production

Video: The state and future of board games  
by Staff [07.31.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, board game and tabletop game developers discuss the continued growth, development and diversity of board games in the last year.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: How to maintain productivity as a solo developer  
by Staff [07.30.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, developer Jason Rohrer presents the techniques he's used over the past 12 years, working alone, in order to ship 18 games.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

No Man's Sky hit almost 100,000 concurrent players on Steam this past weekend  
by Emma Kidwell [07.30.18]
No Man's Sky hit a peak concurrent playercount of around 97,000 users this past weekend, following the release of Next, an update which added online multiplayer to the game. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Building truly cooperative play in Overcooked 6
by Staff [07.30.18]
"With Overcooked, we wanted to make a game which was much more focused on how a team works together rather than simply adding more players to a single player experience."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Area 35 ends legal dispute over Kickstarter embezzlement claims in settlement  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.18]
The ex-Area 35 employee that accused CEO Hiroaki Yura of embezzling funds from the Project Pheonix Kickstarter to fund another game last year, now says his accusation was “contrary to the truth.”
Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 is looking for great Programming talks -- pitch yours today!  
by Staff [07.30.18]
Hey devs! GDC officials seek great submissions of interesting, cutting-edge Programming talks for the GDC 2018 Main Conference, from now through August 17th!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, GDC

The 2019 Independent Games Festival submissions are now open!  
by Staff [07.30.18]
Hey devs, submissions are now open for the 2019 Independent Games Festival, the signature competition for indie games, to be held for its 21st year during GDC 2019 in San Francisco next March.
Indie, IGF

A reading list for game designers looking to expand their conversations 1
by Eron Rauch [07.30.18]
Designer and writer Eron Rauch compiles a wide-ranging list of articles, essays, and other useful resources that game devs can use and share with each other to improve their game design discussions.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Slay The Totally Accurate Spire  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.29.18]
This week's highlights include juicy math(s) in Slay The Spire, the creation of Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, and loads more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Now's the time to pitch your great Visual Arts talks for GDC 2019!  
by Staff [07.27.18]
Hey game makers, GDC officials seek great submissions of intriguing, cutting-edge Visual Arts talks for the GDC 2018 Main Conference, from now through August 16th!
Console/PC, Indie, Art

How a Gears of War dev built the chill Shape of the World on the side 4
by Samuel Horti [07.27.18]
“In VFX, maybe I’ll be developing the blood," says The Coalition dev Stu Maxwell. "In Shape of the World, I’ve had to do everything...it’s been really educational having that breadth of discipline.”
Indie, Design, Production

Hellblade's performance was boosted by optimizations made for the VR version  
by Alissa McAloon [07.26.18]
Members of the Ninja Theory dev team explore how tasking a small team with creating a VR version of Hellblade during development improved the graphics and performance of the original game.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Video

Stoic reflects on the ups and downs of building the Banner Saga  
by Carli Velocci [07.26.18]
The devs at Stoic Studio share what they've learned in the many years they've worked to produce the Banner Saga games, the third of which debuts this week.
Indie, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The fragility and pain of friendship in We Know the Devil  
by Staff [07.25.18]
Friendship is a major theme of this visual novel about three teens stuck in a religious summer camp. It explores the difficulties and pain surrounding this precious aspect of our lives.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

GDC 2019 welcomes five new members to the Advisory Board!  
by Staff [07.25.18]
As preparations begin for GDC 2019, organizers are proud to welcome game dev luminaries Caryl Shaw, Nick Popovich, Carolin Krenzer, Andreas Fredriksson, and Jamie Cheng to the GDC Advisory Board!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

How Nyamakop designed Semblance's spongy, deformable terrain 1
by Jack Yarwood [07.25.18]
“I think we could have spent five or ten years on this game,” says Semblance dev Ben Myres. “There’s really enough interesting stuff there that you can build on top of the core deforming terrain."
Indie, Design, Video

Mini Metro surpasses 1 million sold  
by Alissa McAloon [07.24.18]
The public transportation themed puzzle strategy game first launched on PC in 2015, then mobile in 2016, and, just this year, on the Nintendo Switch.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Don't Miss: Learning to love procedural art while making No Man's Sky 2
by Staff [07.24.18]
As the big 'Next' update for No Man's Sky makes its debut, take a look back at this GDC 2015 talk from Hello Games' Grant Duncan on how creating procedurally generated worlds affected the dev process.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production

How Landfall accidentally struck a vein with a joke battle royale game 3
by Steven T. Wright [07.24.18]
Landfall's Petter Henriksson open up about how their latest April Fools "joke" game, Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, blew up in a way they never saw coming -- and why they're happy to keep it a joke.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video