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Microsoft drops full Xbox Series X tech specs, reveals 'storage expansion cards' 1
by Chris Kerr [03.16.20]
After months of drip feeding information, Microsoft has finally shared the complete list of tech specs for the Xbox Series X.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Refactoring Assassin's Creed Origins' NPC mission system  
by Staff [03.16.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Ubisoft's Jean-Marie Santoni-Costantini explains how the mission system in Assassin's Creed Origins was changed from a scripted approach to a goal-oriented one.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

GDC 2020 virtual talks, awards streaming for free all week! Here's the lineup 1
by Staff [03.15.20]
Just a quick reminder that while GDC is no longer happening this week in San Francisco, organizers invite you to watch scheduled livestreams of the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Ori's Will, Duty's Call, Nioh's Sequel?  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.15.20]
The week's highlights include neat impressions on Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Call Of Duty Warzone, and Nioh 2, plus pieces on pixel pets, bullet painting in GTA V & Kabaddi.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Check out the lineup of GDC 2020 virtual talks and awards you can stream next week!  
by Staff [03.13.20]
Just a quick reminder that while GDC is no longer happening next week in San Francisco, organizers invite you to watch scheduled livestreams of the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020! 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, GDC

Nintendo staff working from home after employee tests positive for coronavirus  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
Employees at Nintendo's offices in California and Washington are being permitted to work from home after someone working in the company's Redmond offices tested positive for the coronavirus.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The story behind Remedy's viral dog mocap star 1
by Staff [03.13.20]
In this classic piece, Some folks from Control dev Remedy recap how they began experimenting with mocapping a dog, what they learned about putting pups in mocap suits, and how to use the results!
Console/PC, Art, Production

Dreams dev testing the waters of letting players monetize their work  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
Media Molecule today opened up a special beta program for its game-making PS4 game Dreams which will allow select players to put their Dreams creations to commercial use beyond PlayStation's ecosystem.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Aragami developer Lince Works nets $3.4 million to fund next project  
by Chris Kerr [03.13.20]
Aragami developer-publisher Lince Works has received $3.4 million in funding to push ahead with the development of its sophomore title. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

A look at how different-sized studios approach the challenges of QA 3
by Jack Yarwood [03.13.20]
We speak to experts from small, medium, and larger game companies to find out how they handle the oft-under-appreciated discipline of quality assurance.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Crunching devs share the human cost of development at Naughty Dog 11
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.20]
A recent Kotaku story speaks with a number of developers working at The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog about the work-life conditions in the lead up to TLOU II’s release.
Console/PC, Production

BAFTA opts for online-only game awards as COVID-19 concerns grow  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.20]
The event follows in the footsteps of several others that have had to pivot away from their usual format as a result of the coronavirus that has spread to 125 countries in only a matter of months.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Board finds that Nintendo Joy-Cons don't infringe on Gamevice controller patents  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.20]
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has sided with Nintendo in a 2018 patent dispute, ultimately deciding that 19 of the claims brought against it by accessory maker Gamevice are invalid.
Console/PC

Call of Duty: Warzone surpasses 6 million players in 24 hours  
by Chris Kerr [03.12.20]
Call of Duty: Warzone has attracted over 6 million players during its first 24 hours on digital shelves.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Deep Dive: Turning phone UX into game mechanics in horror game SIMULACRA 2  
by Jeremy Ooi [03.12.20]
Jeremy Ooi, co-founder of Kaigan Games, explains how he and his team turned the common mobile phone user experience into game mechanics in the "found phone" SIMULACRA horror games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu moves on from Blizzard  
by Bryant Francis [03.11.20]
Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu is departing Blizzard after a 20-year tenure with the company.
Console/PC, Design

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift class action lawsuit paused as case moves to arbitration  
by Alissa McAloon [03.11.20]
The dispute between Nintendo and disgruntled Switch owners has been pushed out of the courtroom for the time being.
Console/PC

Microsoft, Ubisoft, and others move to replace E3 2020 with digital events  
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
A number of major game companies including Microsoft and Ubisoft will look to host digital events this summer after E3 2020 was canceled earlier today.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

BitSummit indie game festival called off to prevent coronavirus spread  
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
BitSummit, the annual independent game development festival that takes place in Kyoto, Japan, has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

E3 2020 cancelled due to 'overwhelming' coronavirus concerns 5
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
E3 2020 has been called off due to the "increased and overwhelming" concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing