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Nintendo boss says expanding demographics key to post-pandemic Switch sales  
by Bryant Francis [06.17.21]
Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser explained to The Verge that a number of factors--including the expanding demographics of players--will drive Nintendo Switch sales post pandemic.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft Massive head steps down, will return in a new role at Ubisoft next year  
by Alissa McAloon [06.17.21]
Longtime Ubisoft dev and Ubisoft Massive managing director David Polfeldt is departing his role at Ubisoft Massive to start a new position at the company (after a 6-month sabbatical).

The full GDC 2021 schedule is now live!  
by Staff [06.17.21]
All of the sessions for the all-digital GDC 2021 have been scheduled. Start planning your show today!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Patching conversations to pin the blame in Inkle's murder-mystery Overboard! 1
by Chris Kerr [06.17.21]
New murder-mystery game Overboard! uses a unique patchwork approach to dialogue to assemble its case against the prime suspect... whoever that might be!
Console/PC, Design, Production

Sony opens applications for the PlayStation 5 system software beta program  
by Chris Kerr [06.17.21]
The initiative will give console owners the chance to test new PS5 features before they're officially rolled out, with Sony using feedback gathered during testing to guide development.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Co-op adventure It Takes Two sells 2 million copies in under three months  
by Chris Kerr [06.17.21]
Hazelight Studios' co-op adventure It Takes Two has sold 2 million copies in less than three months.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Five Night's At Freddy's creator retiring following political donation controversy 2
by Chris Kerr [06.17.21]
Five Nights At Freddy's (FNAF) creator Scott Cawthon has announced their retirement from game development after coming under fire for making donations to polarizing U.S. politicians.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Facebook Gaming introducing Streamer Fan Groups to help foster communities  
by Chris Kerr [06.17.21]
Facebook Gaming has launched Streamer Fan Groups to help content creators grow their communities on the social media platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Disney is apparently interested in indie devs using its IP 2
by Bryant Francis [06.16.21]
If you’re an indie developer interested in making a Disney video game, Disney might want to talk?
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bethesda's Pete Hines is sorry for Starfield exclusivity, but notes it streamlines development 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.16.21]
There are pros and cons to Bethesda's next big IP becoming an Xbox console exclusive following Bethesda's acquisition by Xbox.

Steam's Next Fest offers up 500+ game demos for a single week 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.16.21]
Steam's latest game festival takes a break from the seasonal branding, and brings over 500 game demos to Steam for a limited time.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Breath of the Wild solved The Legend of Zelda's situational item problem  
by Staff [06.16.21]
Past Zelda games designed items as keys for situational locks, but the items in Breath of the Wild offer a kind of refreshing versatility not seen in the series before.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Yacht Club Games needs a Mid-Senior Game Designer  
by Staff [06.16.21]
Yacht Club Games is looking for a talented mid- to senior-level game designer to join our game team. We are looking for candidates eager to build great games along with us!
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Here's all that an Expo Pass offers at GDC 2021  
by Bryant Francis [06.16.21]
Take a look at what you can get with your expo pass at the all-digital 2021 Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Yakuza spinoff Judgment has sold over 1 million copies worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [06.16.21]
Yakuza spinoff Judgment has sold over 1 million copies worldwide since launching in December 2018.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rockstar to shut down PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online in December  
by Chris Kerr [06.16.21]
Rockstar will shut down Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in December this year.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Sony's next-gen VR headset to use Samsung OLED panels, launch in 2022  
by Chris Kerr [06.16.21]
The successor to Sony's PlayStation VR headset will feature OLED panels manufactured by Samsung and launch in 2022.
VR, Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft will use cloud streaming to future-proof the Xbox One  
by Chris Kerr [06.16.21]
Microsoft will use cloud streaming to prevent the Xbox One from becoming obsolete as games become reliant on next-gen hardware.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PUBG owner Krafton looking to raise $5 billion through South Korean IPO  
by Chris Kerr [06.16.21]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds owner Krafton is looking to raise $5 billion through an incoming IPO.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sony: Despite Cyberpunk 2077's relisting, PS4 players should still expect issues 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.15.21]
Sony wants Cyberpunk 2077 players on PlayStation 4 base models to know that all is not yet well with the game despite SIE approving its PlayStation Store relaunch.