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Chat with one of WWI game 11-11: Memories Retold's designers at 3PM ET  
by Bryant Francis [11.16.18]
Tune into the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the making of 11-11: Memories Retold starting at 3PM ET.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: Saints Row: The Third and designing over the top  
by Staff [11.15.18]
Volition's Scott Phillips discusses the initial tonal and creative boundaries for Saint's Row: The Third and explains the processes used to iterate and improve on the game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Sony will not be present at E3 2019 1
by Emma Kidwell [11.15.18]
Sony Interactive Entertainment will not be present during E3 2019, choosing to pull PlayStation from the annual trade show and focus on looking for "inventive opportunities to engage the community."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Optimization techniques for developing new NES games in the modern age  
by Emma Kidwell [11.15.18]
Morphcat Games, a studio that develops new NES games for the retro console, released an interesting video discussing optimization techniques used for its upcoming NES platformer Micro Mages.
Console/PC, Design, Video

GTA, Call of Duty, and FIFA claim the top 5 best-selling PS4 games of all time  
by Alissa McAloon [11.15.18]
PlayStation has assembled a round-up of some game and console milestones to mark the 5th anniversary of the PlayStation 4’s 2013 launch.
Console/PC

Tune in to The Strong Museum's women in games panel tonight at 6 PM EST  
by Emma Kidwell [11.15.18]
The Strong Museum is live streaming its Women in Games: Inspire! panel November 15 at 6 PM EST
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: A look back at the development of Choice Provisions' Bit. Trip Beat 3
by Staff [11.15.18]
In this 2009 postmortem, Gaijin Games' (now Choice Provisions) Alex Neuse looks at the creation of abstract action game Bit. Trip Beat, detailing what went right and wrong during the game's development.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production

Engagement is the lifeblood of online games, says Overwatch producer  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.18]
What the most important aspect of developing an online game right now? According to Overwatch executive producer Chacko Sonny, the answer is player engagement.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Discord's digital storefront now supports early access games  
by Alissa McAloon [11.15.18]
The community chat app Discord is bringing an early access program to its recently-launched digital game storefront.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

THQ Nordic acquires rights to Expeditions franchise  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.18]
THQ Nordic has acquired the rights to the Expeditions franchise, and has begun work on a third game with series creator Logic Artists.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Telltale games delisted from Steam as studio begins liquidation process  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.18]
Game series including Jurassic Park, Tales of Monkey Island, and Back to the Future have all been delisted on Steam.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Two years on, Overwatch's producers talk toxicity, crunch, and live game dev 1
by Bryant Francis [11.15.18]
Overwatch executive producer Chacko Sonny and producer Nicole Gillet discuss the Blizzard philosophy when developing a live game that remains a runaway success.
Console/PC, Production

Watch Question's Jordan Thomas and Michael Kelly discuss The Blackout Club  
by Bryant Francis [11.14.18]
Jordan Thomas and Michael Kelly, two triple-A industry veterans, drop by the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the production and design of The Blackout Club.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

EA brings in original Command & Conquer devs to help with remasters  
by Emma Kidwell [11.14.18]
Electronic Arts confirmed it will be remastering the original Command & Conquer and its sequel Red Alert in 4K, with all expansions to be included as well. 
Console/PC, Design, Production

Don't Miss: Greater accessibility through audio in Killer Instinct 3
by Staff [11.14.18]
"A main directive was to make sure each character/game mode was identifiable enough that someone would be able to tell what was going on even if they weren't in the same room that the game was being played in."
Console/PC, Audio, Design

China's ongoing game license freeze prompts decline in market forecast  
by Alissa McAloon [11.14.18]
The market analysis firm Niko Partners has adjusted its 2018 forecast for PC and mobile game revenue in China, dropping those predictions by 3.8 percent and 2.4 percent respectively.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The unusual story behind Space Harrier's vibrant color palette 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.14.18]
Space Harrier designer Yu Suzuki recalls the story of the intentionally-triggered bug that ultimately gave birth to the colorful skies in the 1985 fantasy arcade game.
Console/PC, Art

Chat with the developers of The Blackout Club at 3PM ET  
by Staff [11.14.18]
The makers of The Blackout Club will be answering your questions starting at 3PM ET.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Koch Media acquisition driving record sales at THQ Nordic  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.18]
The company attributed a sizable upswing in net sales to the recent acquisitions of Koch Media and Deep Silver, along with a positive showing from its own game roster. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: The art of developing audio soundscapes  
by Staff [11.13.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, Guerrilla Games' Anton Woldhek presents some practical tips from his years of experience in game development on the art of developing audio soundscapes for video games.
Console/PC, Audio, Video