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Future perfect: THQ Nordic has acquired the rights to Timesplitters 1
by Chris Kerr [08.15.18]
A Timesplitters revival could be on the cards, with THQ confirming it's secured the rights to develop new titles and re-release the originals.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
Devs around the industry (including Nina Freeman, Kevin Snow, and Claire Hummel) reflect on how the venerable virtual pet website helped jumpstart their careers in game development.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Video: The double-edged sword of developing Darkest Dungeon as partners  
by Staff [08.14.18]
Red Hook Studios' Tyler Sigman and Chris Bourassa share crucial lessons learned throughout the development of Darkest Dungeon.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Ready at Dawn shuts down Deformers servers 1
by Emma Kidwell [08.14.18]
Developer Ready at Dawn has officially shut down Deformers servers over a year after launching the multiplayer brawling game. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Epic Games launches new learning platform providing free video tutorials 2
by Emma Kidwell [08.14.18]
Epic Games announces the launch of Unreal Engine Online Learning, a platform which provides free video tutorials on how to use Unreal Engine 4.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Hi-Rez creates 3 new studios to handle Smite, Paladins, and Realm Royale  
by Alissa McAloon [08.14.18]
Hi-Rez Studios has created three new subsidiaries, something the company's leadership says will allow it to 'scale multiple games more easily' going forward.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Microsoft nabs triple-A talent to bolster its new studio The Initiative  
by Emma Kidwell [08.14.18]
Microsoft's new studio, The Initiative, has brought on a handful of fresh hires from various well-established studios including Rockstar, Santa Monica Studio, and Crystal Dynamics.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Building the new PvE features in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth 6
by Bryant Francis [08.14.18]
With the latest expansion now released to the world, take a look back at this 2017 chat about how the expansion aims to help World of Warcraft create new co-operative experiences.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Reminder: Thursday is your last day to pitch Main Conference talks for GDC 2019!  
by Staff [08.14.18]
Heads up, game makers: The last day to pitch talks for the 2019 Game Developers Conference is this Thursday, August 16th -- so get your submissions in now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Visual novel publisher Sekai Project lays off staff  
by Alissa McAloon [08.14.18]
The visual novel publisher Sekai Project has laid off an undisclosed portion of its staff as a result of what the company has now described as a necessary restructuring effort.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Dear Esther dev The Chinese Room acquired by Sumo Digital  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.18]
Chinese Room co-founder Dan Pinchbeck will be staying on in the role of creative director, while fellow co-founder Jessica Curry will continue her career as an independent composer.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: How Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene went from mod maker to creative director  
by Staff [08.13.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Brendan Greene shares his history in games, mod making, and the path he took to become creative director at PUBG Corp.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Blog: The Dream IS the Product 3
by Bryant Francis [08.13.18]
One futurist attempts to analyze the expensive investments pouring into companies like Magic Leap.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mobile-focused Tencent is reportedly on the outs with Riot  
by Emma Kidwell [08.13.18]
Riot Games' relationship with parent company Tencent Holdings is reportedly on thin ice over declining profits and differences over mobile gaming.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Exploring PICO-8 and what makes a design space 'cozy'  
by Alissa McAloon [08.13.18]
“Something that a cozy design space is not, or is fighting against, is decision fatigue." PICO-8 creator Joseph White outlines the goals of his fantasy console at Practice 2018.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Devs corroborate claims of sexist culture as Riot looks for way forward  
by Bryant Francis [08.13.18]
After Kotaku's story on a climate of sexism and sexual harassment at Riot Games, more Rioters have shared their experiences, while the company says it's making an outreach effort to former staffers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Heartache and compassion in Undertale 1
by Joel Couture [08.13.18]
This excerpt from Gamasutra contributor Joel Couture's eBook, Fallen Down: Heartache and Compassion in Undertale explores designer/composer Toby Fox's unique approach to character design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Bethesda reluctant to bring Elder Scrolls: Legends to systems that don't offer cross-play 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.13.18]
"We can't be talking about one version of Legends, where you take your progress with you, and another version where you stay within that ecosystem or its walled off from everything else," said Hines.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Bethesda hits Amazon seller with legal threat over reselling pre-owned game as 'new' 2
by Alissa McAloon [08.13.18]
The company has since clarified that the letter was in response to the reseller's product being listed as ‘new’ rather than a crackdown on the used game reselling business as a whole.
Console/PC

Tencent has pulled Monster Hunter: World from sale in China  
by Chris Kerr [08.13.18]
It's not clear what Monster Hunter did to ruffle feathers in the region, but there's been some suggestion the move could be connected to China's tight restrictions on online content.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing