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Square Enix gives its RPG-focused studio a name and a debut game  
by Alex Wawro [06.16.15]
The outfit we heard about last year has finally been branded Tokyo RPG Factory; its remit is, appropriately enough, to produce JRPGs, starting with its 2016 debut release Project Setsuna.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Blog: A quick look back at Shenmue  
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.15]
Blogger Josh Bycer looks back at Sega's franchise, as Yu Suzuki turns to Kickstarter to bring it back to life: "Shenmue's fate was really a shame both for Sega and the industry."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: Deconstructing the animation of Ori and the Blind Forest  
by Staff [06.16.15]
James Benson takes the stage at GDC 2015 to break down how he went about animating Moon Studios' Ori & The Blind Forest in a Ghibli-esque style with limited time, people and personal experience.
Indie, Art, Video, Vault

If we want more diverse games, we need more easy-to-use tools 7
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.15]
"Game development is incredibly complicated, and it doesnít help that the tools we use to create them are equally complex. Itís this tool difficulty which, I believe, limits gamingís artistic growth."
Indie, Production

On a lack of originality in science fiction and fantasy game settings 9
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.15]
Former BioWare writer Alexander Freed, in a post focused on "diversity and originality... with a special focus on fantasy and sci-fi -- broad genres in which games tend to emphasize very narrow subcategories."
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: 20 Japanese RPGs every game designer should play Exclusive 24
by Kurt Kulata [06.16.15]
The Japanese role-playing game is an important genre for developers to understand; in this classic 2008 feature, Gamasutra suggests an 'Essential 20' study guide to some of the top JRPGs of all-time.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive

GenDesign is a new studio helmed by The Last Guardian director  
by Alex Wawro [06.16.15]
Shortly after he was thanked for his continuing work on The Last Guardian, Fumito Ueda took to Twitter to hype his new Tokyo-based studio, GenDesign, staffed by his fellow former Team Ico developers.
Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

Shenmue 3 sets new Kickstarter record, hits $2M goal in 9 hours 3
by Alex Wawro [06.16.15]
Announced last night by Yu Suzuki on-stage at Sony's E3 press event, Shenmue 3 is now the fastest game project on Kickstarter to surpass $1 million pledged -- in less than two hours.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

At E3, Nintendo hints at the future as it celebrates itself now 37
by Christian Nutt [06.16.15]
Nintendo's E3 stream promised a slew of games for 2015 -- maybe too many. But it also promised change. Was it the swan song of Nintendo-as-it-is-now?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, E3

Check out the 2015 Game Career Guide right now! 2
by Staff [06.16.15]
Hey developers! Looking to advance your career in the game industry? The free annual Game Career Guide for 2015 is out now, and its packed with insight to help industry newcomers and veterans alike.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get cutting-edge mobile design and monetization tips at GDC Europe  
by Staff [06.16.15]
Leading experts are talking about the design, production and monetization of cutting-edge mobile games like Assassin's Creed Identity at GDC Europe in Cologne, Germany this August.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

See Nintendo's E3 2015 presentation right here at 9 AM Pacific  
by Staff [06.16.15]
Nintendo is once again giving up the opportunity to hold a live stage show at E3 this year in favor of a pre-recorded video broadcast outlining its 2015 strategy to the public; you can watch it here.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Things you should consider before 'going pro' as a contractor 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.15]
"With writing Iím a professional. Thatís where the money comes in. But for game design Iím the home chef. I donít know if I would ever want to work in a restaurant."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

6 ways to protect your mobile game against hackers, crackers, and copycats 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.15]
Mary Min, of mobile security company Seworks, takes a look at what hackers, pirates, and cloners can do to your mobile games -- and offers suggestions on how to stop them.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Starting up a studio in Finland: What you need to know  
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.15]
Finnish dev shares experiences: "Now, the decision has been made to start the company and applying for the public funding looms somewhere in the very distant future. What should one do? Answer: Seek help."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Forget hardware or services -- this E3, Sony's all about games 2
by Christian Nutt [06.15.15]
Sony is trying to swagger its way through E3 2015, confident in its partnerships with AAA and indies alike, confident in its own titles, and confident in fan demand for games debuted on its stage.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Yu Suzuki takes to Kickstarter to fund development of Shenmue 3 13
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Unexpectedly, Yu Suzuki briefly took the stage during Sony's E3 press conference this evening to announce that he's launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund development of Shenmue 3.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony trots out The Last Guardian at E3, promises to release it in 2016 1
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
It's true -- Sony opened its E3 press conference this evening with footage and a release date for Team Ico and Sony Japan's The Last Guardian, which is believed to have been in development since 2007.
Console/PC, Design, E3

Ubisoft's new swordfighting game is a lesson in persistent pitching Exclusive 3
by Kris Graft [06.15.15]
For Ubisoft Montreal creative director Jason VandenBerghe, getting For Honor greenlit wasnít a forgone conclusion. In fact, it was a concept more than 10 years (and multiple rejections) in the making.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video, E3

One Pincus-founded company absorbs another, as Zynga buys Superlabs  
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Superlabs, the startup incubator launched by Mark Pincus last year after he stepped down as Zynga's CEO, has now been acquired by Zynga just months after Pincus got his old job back.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing