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Updates » Console/PC
Telltale is bringing Minecraft: Story Mode to Netflix  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.18]
The developer is launching an adapted version of Minecraft: Story Mode on Netflix that will be playable from within the video streaming platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Playing Fortnite on PS4 blocks players from logging in on Switch 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.18]
Fortnite players receive an error message when they attempt to log in to the Switch version of the game, but the only if their account has been previously associated with Fortnite on PS4.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Sony adds 7 games to the PS4's PlayLink lineup, including UNO and Ticket to Ride  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.18]
Sony has added 7 more games to its PlayLink lineup, quietly reminding developers and players alike that it hasn’t abandoned the companion app-driven line of PlayStation 4 games just yet.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, E3

Analyst report: Xbox One install base at 39M as of March 2018  
by Chris Kerr [06.13.18]
Those figures would mean the Xbox One is someway behind the PlayStation 4, which had an install base of 76.6 million back in March.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Fortnite has attracted 125M players in under a year  
by Chris Kerr [06.13.18]
Popular multiplayer shooter Fortnite has grown to 125 million registered players since launching less than year ago on July 25, 2017.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, E3

EA's Patrick Soderlund talks Anthem, loot boxes, and women in Battlefield  
by Kris Graft [06.13.18]
Electronic Arts' Patrick Söderlund explains the broad creative strategies at EA, giving us a rare birds-eye view of the motivations that drive EA as a game publisher.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

Noclip shares a look inside the making of multiplayer Fallout 76  
by Alex Wawro [06.12.18]
"[Fallout] 76 is the multiplayer design from Fallout 4," Bethesda's Todd Howard explains in a new Noclip minidocumentary about the game's development and production.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Skyrim mod rebooted as a full-fledged Unreal Engine 4 game  
by Alex Wawro [06.12.18]
The Forgotten City seems to share much in common with the Skyrim mod of the same name thematically, but features new environments, characters, 'original lore' and, of course, a new engine. 
Console/PC, Production, E3

By 2019, Steam will no longer run on Windows XP or Vista  
by Alex Wawro [06.12.18]
After January 1st, Steam will no longer run on XP or Vista, and so anyone who owns your games through Steam and runs either OS will have to upgrade.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Building the coop-friendly levels of Dead Space 3  
by Staff [06.12.18]
At GDC 2013, (now former) Visceral Games dev Seth Marinello explains how the team built Dead Space 3's levels and encounters to work for both one and two players in drop-in/drop-out cooperative play.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Get a job: Sucker Punch is hiring an Outsource Artist for Ghost of Tsushima  
by Staff [06.12.18]
Sucker Punch is looking for a driven, self-directed Outsource Artist to use their artistic eye and technical skills to help create the world of Ghost of Tsushima for PlayStation 4.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Valve unveils new, Discord-like chat features for Steam  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.18]
Valve has revealed an all new look and feel for its community-focused features that bring its game platform a bit more inline with game-centric communication tools like Discord.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Fortnite uses the Switch hardware for voice chat, not the Switch mobile app  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.18]
The Nintendo Treehouse team offered a look at the Fortnite Switch following the game’s announcement and revealed that, unlike Splatoon 2, Fortnite will use the Switch’s own hardware for voice chat.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Don't Miss: How Nintendo designed the inviting mini-world of Animal Crossing 4
by Staff [06.12.18]
In this classic 2013 interview, Gamasutra sits down with Nintendo producer Katsuya Eguchi -- also the producer of the Wii Sports series -- to ask him some questions about the design of Animal Crossing.
Console/PC, Design

Super Mario Party introduces a mode that links two Switch displays together  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.18]
Nintendo announced Super Mario Party for the Switch earlier today and quietly showcased a small new feature for the console at the same time.
Console/PC, Video, E3

Fortnite comes to Switch, though with slightly limited cross-platform play 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.18]
Fortnite has been announced and simultaneously launched on the Nintendo Switch and, like most versions of the game, will feature cross-platform play with everything but the PlayStation 4.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

LawBreakers shutting down in September following Boss Key closure  
by Chris Kerr [06.12.18]
The news comes shortly after Boss Key founder Cliff Bleszinski announced the studio would be closing its doors.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The sales & design thinking that gave SpyParty a strong launch  
by Bryant Francis [06.12.18]
We chatted with Chris Hecker, lead developer on SpyParty to explore what other developers can learn from the game's launch on Steam Early Access.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Bomberman dev and Hudson Soft vet Shoji Mizuno  
by Alex Wawro [06.11.18]
Word is spreading today that Shoji Mizuno, a longtime game dev and Hudson Soft staffer best known for his work on the Bomberman franchise, has passed away.
Console/PC

Valve partners with Perfect World to bring Steam to China 2
by Emma Kidwell [06.11.18]
Steam China is in development thanks to a partnership between Perfect World and Valve.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3