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Divinity: Fallen Heroes placed on indefinite hold by developer Larian Studios  
by Chris Kerr [10.15.19]
Divinity: Fallen Heroes has been placed on hold by developer Larian Studios just months before its scheduled November release.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Q&A: How Steam hit Raft stands out in the crowded survival genre  
by John Harris [10.15.19]
Redbeet Interactive, the Swedish studio behind Steam hit Raft, tells us about the design and development of game, and how a tight, restrictive design helps the game stand out in a crowded genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

The public preview for Xbox's streaming service Project xCloud is now live  
by Alissa McAloon [10.14.19]
Microsoft has kicked off the public preview for Project xCloud, and is slowly beginning to dole out invites in waves to those that signed up for consideration last month.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: The unconventional launch of Fortnite  
by Staff [10.14.19]
In this GDC 2018 session, Epic Games' Ed Zobrist discusses the unique challenges of launching Fortnite and goes into the strategy and impact of adding the successful Battle Royale mode.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Fortnite's latest narrative turn has taken the entire game offline  
by Alissa McAloon [10.14.19]
Epic Games Fortnite is no stranger to environmental storytelling, but the close of the free-to-play game's tenth season takes the narrative tool to the extreme.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: The simple difficulty of bringing Frostpunk to consoles 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.19]
Here's one short tale about how UX design theory can get you out of a hole when bringing a survival-city builder designed for a mouse and keyboard to consoles.
Console/PC, Programming, Production

The real buildings that inspired Control's Oldest House 1
by Ewan Wilson [10.14.19]
Remedy Entertainment's Control launches at just the right time to lean into Brutalism with an intensity I'm not sure we’ve seen before.
Console/PC, Art

Blizzard reduces ban for Hearthstone player, but stands by its initial reasoning 4
by Alissa McAloon [10.11.19]
Blizzard believes its decision to take action against those involved was the right call and in line with the company's values, though Blizzard president J. Allen Brack admits it initially reacted too hastily.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Daybreak Games lays off multiple employees in company 'realignment' 1
by Bryant Francis [10.11.19]
Daybreak Games appears to have laid off another round of employees less than a year after letting 70 employees go from the company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Hearthstone Boycotts, Concrete Genie, Indie Sales 1
by Gamasutra Staff [10.11.19]
This week's highlights include fallout from Blizzard's 'Hong Kong censorship' controversy, new titles including Concrete Genie, Neo Cab, and John Wick Hex, plus the reality of indie game sales.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Riot calls for esports casters, players to avoid 'sensitive topics' during its broadcasts 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.11.19]
"As a general rule, we want to keep our broadcasts focused on the game, the sport, and the players," writes John Needham, Riot Games' global head of League of Legends esports.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: The math behind predictable projectiles in games 1
by Staff [10.11.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Robot Entertainment's Chris Stark explains the math and code behind predictive linear and ballistic projectile aiming in game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Video, Vault

Mixer co-founder Matt Salsamendi departs Microsoft  
by Alissa McAloon [10.11.19]
Matt Salsamendi, who co-founded the streaming platform that would eventually become Microsoft’s Mixer, has left both Mixer and Microsoft in favor of a career change.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Watch Mike Z and Mariel Cartwright break down the making of Indivisible  
by Bryant Francis [10.10.19]
Watch two of the lead developers at Lab Zero Games share stories about the development of Indivisible.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Ubisoft is making animated shows based on Rayman, Watch Dogs, and more 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.10.19]
Ubisoft has unveiled plans to bring more of its franchises to TV through a new run of animated shows based on a handful of the studio's games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: An in-depth look at the physics of trains in Assassin's Creed Syndicate 10
by Staff [10.10.19]
In this article, Ubisoft Quebec gameplay engineer Bartlomiej Waszak presents details of the simulator for the physics of trains in Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
Console/PC, Programming

Chat with the creators of Indivisible at 3PM ET  
by Bryant Francis [10.10.19]
Chat with gamemakers Mike Z and Mariel Cartwright today on the GDC Twitch channel about their new game Indivisible.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Hitman dev IO Interactive partners with Warner Bros. on 'new game experience'  
by Chris Kerr [10.10.19]
Hitman developer IO Interactive has signed a worldwide publishing and distribution deal with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for a new PC and console title.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam will soon let users play local-multiplayer games over the internet 1
by Chris Kerr [10.10.19]
Steam is close to rolling out a new feature called 'Remote Play Together' that will let friends play local-multiplayer games together over the internet.
Console/PC, Programming

The Nintendo Switch has crossed 10 million sales in Europe  
by Chris Kerr [10.10.19]
That total includes the original Switch and the recently launched Switch Lite, a more affordable, handheld-only version of the console.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing