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Xbox narrows down Series X launch window to November 2020  
by Alissa McAloon [08.11.20]
There are now just 30 potential launch day options for the Xbox Series X as Microsoft narrows its launch window down from Holiday 2020 to a single month.
Console/PC

Halo Infinite delay pushes it into 2021 and out of Xbox Series X launch lineup  
by Alissa McAloon [08.11.20]
Microsoft and 343 Industries have made the call to delay the launch of Halo Infinite into 2021.
Console/PC

Video: Optimizing collision detection in Titanfall  
by Staff [08.11.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Respawn Entertainment's Earl Hammon explains how the Titanfall team made already optimized continuous collision detection code more than twice as fast.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Video, Vault

H1Z1 dev Daybreak Games acquires Cold Iron Studios 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.11.20]
Cold Iron Studios has changed hands once again, this time in a deal that sees it being acquired by H1Z1 developer and publisher Daybreak Games.
Console/PC

Sega reports loss despite strong video game sales  
by Chris Kerr [08.11.20]
Net sales and profits are down at Sega Sammy, which just released its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2020.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Controller leak all but confirms 'Xbox Series S' 1
by Kris Graft [08.10.20]
New images of a revamped Xbox-style controller point to a heavily rumored, more affordable Xbox Series S next-gen console.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game Discoverability Now: How big is your game's Discord? (Not this big!)  
by Simon Carless [08.10.20]
Some of the trends in the biggest/most active video game Discord servers are super interesting, and here's a look at what I learned from checking this out. (Plus, a bunch more info on discoverability!)
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How to usher more women into leadership roles within the game industry  
by Kris Graft [08.10.20]
At GDC Summer last week, Victoria Setian, sr. producer at Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios, described a three-pronged approach to cultivating female talent, particularly within triple-A studios.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Fall Guys has sold over 2 million copies on Steam alone  
by Chris Kerr [08.10.20]
Fall Guys has sold over 2 million copies on Steam during its first week on sale, according to publisher Devolver Digital.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono is departing Capcom 2
by Chris Kerr [08.10.20]
The veteran producer joined Capcom as a sound programmer and composer in the early '90s, cutting his teeth on arcade titles like Street Fighter Alpha and Saturday Night Slam Masters.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

How to better design your game communities for kindness  
by Alex Wawro [08.07.20]
At GDC Summer this week Kitfox comms director Victoria Chan offered up five rules for being a better community manager and five steps you can take to build kinder, cozier communities.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Leveraging physical animation to sell Force powers in Jedi: Fallen Order  
by Chris Kerr [08.07.20]
Every Star Wars fan has dreamed of being a Jedi. But what is it about becoming a monk-like guardian of peace and justice that's so damn appealing? It's force powers. The answer is always force powers.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, GDC

Final Fantasy VII Remake surpasses 5 million digital sales and shipments  
by Chris Kerr [08.07.20]
Final Fantasy VII Remake has shipped and digitally sold over five million copies worldwide, according to Square Enix.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Five tips for making better loot experiences in games 2
by Bryant Francis [08.06.20]
In tabletop games, the art of collation determines how players receive randomized items when buying blind-item packs. According to designer Eric Engelhard, those systems can work in video games too.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

How Teamfight Tactics was designed to target former League of Legends players  
by Bryant Francis [08.06.20]
At GDC Summer, Teamfight Tactics design lead David Abecassis broke down how Teamfight Tactics was designed to appeal to League of Legends players who've drifted off from high-level play.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

A data-driven primer for publishing agreements 2
by Alissa McAloon [08.06.20]
"I've realized that developers are at a two fold informational disadvantage: First, they don’t know what key publishing terms mean and second developers don’t know what is standard and what is not standard.”
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Using emotion to drive social play in Sky: Children of the Light  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Thatgamecompany 'feel engineer' John Hughes explains how emotion drives the social play at the core of Sky: Children of the Light
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, GDC

Using procedural destruction to unleash chaos in Control  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Explaining how Control's procedural destruction system was developed during a GDC Summer talk, Remedy's principle VFX artist Johannes Richter said the process began with understanding 'granularity.' 
Console/PC, Production, GDC

King's Sabrina Carmona offers practical tips to get more women leaders in games  
by Alex Wawro [08.06.20]
“If you are in a leadership role and you are responsible for building teams like me, you have to play your part in this,” Carmona told GDC Summer attendees. “Because you actually have the power."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold over 22 million copies  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold over 22 million copies in under five months, according to the latest numbers from Nintendo.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing