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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.
Console/PC

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.
Console/PC

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