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Epic Games Store roadmap outlines cloud saves, achievements, user reviews  
by Emma Kidwell [03.15.19]
Epic Games has released a roadmap for the Epic Games Store which include plans for cloud saves, achievements, user reviews, a store page redesign, and more. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam user reviews will no longer count 'off-topic review bombs' 3
by Emma Kidwell [03.15.19]
Valve has tweaked how the user review system works on Steam in an effort to combat review bombing, which has been an area of concern for some developers for quite some time. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Axiom Verge getting its physical Wii U release after ongoing legal battle  
by Emma Kidwell [03.15.19]
Axiom Verge is finally getting a physical Wii U release in North America after it was delayed due to an ongoing legal battle between BadLands Publishing and Limited Run Games.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't miss all the cool stuff happening next week on the new GDC Main Stage!  
by Staff [03.15.19]
Media Molecule, Hello Games' Sean Murray, and industry veteran Laralyn McWilliams will be part of this inspiring GDC Main Stage event (which will also be livestreamed!) next Wednesday at 12:30 PM PDT!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

PSA: Know and abide by your GDC 2019 Code of Conduct! 2
by Staff [03.15.19]
As you lock in your plans for GDC in San Francisco next week, take time to review and commit to the Code of Conduct, which applies to everyone at the show!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Come to GDC for an inside look at the AI built to playtest Battlefield V!  
by Staff [03.15.19]
Come to GDC next week to learn about the birth of AutoPlayers, autonomous bots used for playtesting Battlefield V in scenarios ranging from full 64-player soak tests to specific scripted test cases.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, GDC

Beat Saber has crossed 1 million sales in under a year  
by Chris Kerr [03.15.19]
The VR title, which has players slash beat-infused blocks using a colorful laser sword, launched back in May 2018, and surpassed 100,000 sales during its first month on shelves.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Shadow Warrior developer Flying Wild Hog acquired by Supernova  
by Chris Kerr [03.15.19]
Flying Wild Hog has been acquired by Supernova Capital, a private equity firm established by Splash Damage founder Paul Wedgwood.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: An in-depth look at the animation of Agents of Mayhem  
by Staff [03.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Volition's Michael Jungbluth goes in-depth on every aspect of the animation process for Agents of Mayem.
Console/PC, Art, Video

Wargroove dev demystifies game development by involving its community  
by Emma Kidwell [03.14.19]
Chucklefish founder and lead designer on Wargroove Finn Brice explains how being transparent with players during development can help demystify the process of making a game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blind Squirrel lands $5M in funding to self-publish its first game, Drifters  
by Emma Kidwell [03.14.19]
Blind Squirrel Games announced today that it has raised $5 million in funding for its first game, Drifters.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Steam devs can now use the networking APIs created for CS:GO and Dota 2  
by Alissa McAloon [03.14.19]
Valve has opened up the use of a handful of APIs to partnered Steam developers, granting them tools geared toward better multiplayer play.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Don't Miss: How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers  
by Staff [03.14.19]
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

Minecraft is joining Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass lineup  
by Alissa McAloon [03.14.19]
The still-thriving block building survival game will join Microsoft's catalog of pay-for-access games on April 4.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Here's where to watch the IGF & Game Developers Choice Awards next week!  
by Staff [03.14.19]
If you can't attend in person, don't worry: the sequential award shows will be livestreamed on Twitch next Wednesday (March 20th) starting at 6:30 PM. It's always a fun, upbeat show, so don't miss it!
Console/PC, Indie, Video, GDC

Steam Link Anywhere beta drops Steam Link's local-wifi-only restriction  
by Alissa McAloon [03.14.19]
A new version of Valve’s Steam Link gives players the ability to remotely access their Steam libraries without requiring the two machines to be on the same wifi network.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Follow Gamasutra's GDC 2019 coverage right here!  
by Staff [03.14.19]
GDC 2019 is just around the corner! You can follow along with up-to-the-minute news and interviews from the show all next week on this dedicated live coverage page...
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

God of War leads BAFTA Games Award nominations
by Chris Kerr [03.14.19]
The British Academy (BAFTA) has announced the nominees for this year's BAFTA Game Awards, and God of War is leading the charge with a whopping 10 nominations. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android  
by Chris Kerr [03.14.19]
A new SDK will let mobile developers imbue their games with features like achievements, gamerscore, friend lists, clubs, hero stats, and some family settings. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Discord evolves verified servers with new community tools 1
by Chris Kerr [03.14.19]
Discord has made a raft of notable changes that should help game developers build stronger communities while giving them more agency when it comes to monetization. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC