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The Last of Us Part II breaks record for most BAFTA Games Award nominations  
by Chris Kerr [03.02.21]
Naughty Dog's acclaimed sequel is up for 13 awards at the 2021 British Academy Games Awards, beating the previous record of 11 nominations.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Hardsuit Labs lays off staff after removal from Bloodlines 2  
by Bryant Francis [03.01.21]
Several developers have reported that Hardsuit Labs told them today that they would be losing their jobs after the studio was fired from work on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Sinking City dev accuses publisher of releasing pirated copy on Steam  
by Alissa McAloon [03.01.21]
The back and forth between Frogwares and Nacon, once known as Bigben Interactive, continues to pick up steam.
Console/PC, Video

How do you fund that game prototype?  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.01.21]
One of the biggest issues in game funding now is - how on Earth do you get your prototype funded? Can’t do game discovery if you don’t have a game. We look into it!
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Need for Speed delayed as EA shifts dev Criterion to support Battlefield 6 development  
by Alissa McAloon [03.01.21]
EA's chief studios officer places the blame at least partially on the pandemic, as remote development has taken its toll on the EA DICE team tasked with making Battlefield 6.

Video: Animating the final villain of Marvel's Spider-Man  
by Staff [03.01.21]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Insomniac Games' Sol Brennan provides an overview of what went into animating the iconic final villain of Marvel's Spider-Man.
Console/PC, Art, Video

Sony announces string of partnerships to support Black communities  
by Chris Kerr [03.01.21]
Sony Interactive Entertainment has partnered with four organisations dedicated to providing economic opportunities for Black communities.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Sinking City developer is asking players not to buy the game on Steam  
by Chris Kerr [03.01.21]
The Sinking City developer Frogwares is asking players not to buy the Steam version of the horror title.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: 5 games that make you think like a programmer 2
by DigiPen Institute of Technology [03.01.21]
Former Bethesda Softworks developer Matthew Picioccio recommends five video games that will hone your computer science skills and get you thinking like a programmer.
Console/PC, Programming

Blog: Ranking the Resident Evil franchise in terms of horror design  
by Gamasutra Community [03.01.21]
Writing my fourth book on horror gave me the chance to revisit the entire Resident Evil franchise, and in today's post, I wanted to try and rank them in terms of horror design.
Console/PC, Design

Devs offer a look inside Stadia's fall, and the mismatch of Google and games 3
by Alissa McAloon [02.26.21]
"It seemed there were executive-level people not fully grasping how to navigate through a space that is highly creative, cross-disciplinary."
Console/PC, Social/Online

Luna head Marc Whitten leaves Amazon for Unity  
by Alissa McAloon [02.26.21]
Marc Whitten, VP of Amazon's Entertainment Devices and Services business and head of its game streaming service Luna, has quietly departed Amazon for another game company: Unity.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: How classic games like Pokemon make smart use of random number generation 2
by Staff [02.26.21]
Curious about the best way to put a bit of randomness in your game? With the help of speedrunner research, Gamasutra examines how three classic games (Final Fantasy, Super Mario 64, and Pokemon) handle RNG.
Console/PC, Programming

Report: EA cancels new property Gaia after six years in development at EA Motive  
by Chris Kerr [02.26.21]
EA has reportedly canceled a new property codenamed 'Gaia' after six years in development.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve ordered to comply with Apple's request for Steam data 3
by Chris Kerr [02.26.21]
A California magistrate judge has ordered Valve to comply with Apple's recent request for financial data on over 400 Steam titles.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Report: Following Anthem struggles, EA drops multiplayer from Dragon Age 4  
by Alissa McAloon [02.25.21]
EA has abandoned plans to make the next Dragon Age a game with a "heavy multiplayer component" and will instead let it move forward as a single-player experience.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Akihiro Imamura & Akira Yamaoka's Silent Hill 4: The Room postmortem 2
by Staff [02.25.21]
In this Game Developer magazine postmortem, Akihiro Imamura and Akira Yamaoka describe the making of their claustrophobic 2004 horror classic in grisly detail.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design

Report: PlayStation is slowly closing down its first-party SIE Japan Studio  
by Alissa McAloon [02.25.21]
SIE Japan Studio has seen its share of departures in months past, but a recent staff exodus seems to indicate that PlayStation may be close to closing down the 28 year old game development studio.

Learn about Obsidian's storytelling process from Carrie Patel at GDC Showcase  
by Staff [02.25.21]
Obsidian Entertainment narrative designer and game director Carrie Patel is doing an AMA session at GDC Showcase!
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Last call to sign up for GDC Masterclass!  
by Staff [02.25.21]
It's your last chance to register for GDC Masterclass. Don't delay!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing