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Xbox owners can finally hop online in free-to-play games without Xbox Live Gold  
by Chris Kerr [04.21.21]
Xbox Live Gold is no longer required to access online multiplayer in free-to-play titles on Xbox platforms.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty Warzone has topped 100 million players in just over a year  
by Chris Kerr [04.21.21]
Call of Duty Warzone has amassed over 100 million players since launching in March last year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Sony could be about to announce a 'PlayStation Plus Video Pass'  
by Chris Kerr [04.21.21]
An advertisement for the service was posted on the company's Polish website that included a logo and a brief description.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Focus Home Interactive acquires Streum On Studio  
by Alissa McAloon [04.20.21]
Focus Home Interactive has acquired Streum On Studio, the France-based developer of Space Hulk: Deathwing and the upcoming Necromunda: Hired Gun.
Console/PC

Learn about the character technology of The Last of Us Part II’s NPCs at GDC 2021  
by Staff [04.20.21]
Naughty Dog's Bryan Collinsworth and Michal Mach will dive into the character technology of The Last of Us Part II at GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan departs Blizzard after 19 years  
by Alissa McAloon [04.20.21]
Overwatch game director and longtime Blizzard developer Jeff Kaplan is leaving the studio and handing the game's reins over to fellow Overwatch dev Aaron Keller.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Creating the recallable Leviathan Axe in God of War 13
by Staff [04.20.21]
An in-depth look at how the Axe Recall mechanic was built in God of War.
Console/PC, Design

Here are the nominees for the 21st annual Game Developers Choice Awards  
by Staff [04.20.21]
The winners of the developer-picked awards will be revealed during GDC 2021.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Apogee Software reboots as Apogee Entertainment, vows to 'boost the odds' for indies  
by Chris Kerr [04.20.21]
American publisher Apogee Software has relaunched as Apogee Entertainment and welcomed back original founder Scott Miller.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Thunder Lotus' cozy management sim Spiritfarer has topped 500,000 sales  
by Chris Kerr [04.20.21]
Spiritfarer has sold over 500,000 copies in under a year, according to developer Thunder Lotus.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Marvel's Avengers creative director Shaun Escayg has rejoined Naughty Dog  
by Chris Kerr [04.20.21]
Escayg prevously worked at the Uncharted and The Last of Us developer for close to seven years, but left the studio in 2018 to join Crystal Dynamics.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Rethinking the RPG to make it fun to be the bad guy in Tyranny 2
by Staff [04.19.21]
"You may sell the player with a 'you get to be an evil bully' promise, but for there to be a source of conflict, there needs to be a mountain of bigger bullies to climb and strive against."
Console/PC, Design

Xbox's reach continues to grow as Xbox Cloud Gaming beta heads to iOS, PC  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.21]
"Browsing [the Xbox Game Pass] library, instantly trying a game and either keep playing in browser and/or download to continue on console or PC is a really nice discovery feature," pitches Xbox head Phil Spencer.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Sony reverses course, will keep PS3, Vita stores online 3
by Bryant Francis [04.19.21]
Sony has announced it will be keeping the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita stores online after public pressure. The PlayStation Portable store was not so lucky.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Path of Exile dev apologizes to players for letting streamers skip login queues  
by Chris Kerr [04.19.21]
Path of Exile lead developer Chris Wilson has apologized to players after a marketing campaign for the title's Ultimatum expansion backfired. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The simplest trailer to make for your Steam page  
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.21]
Valve itself recommends you put your Steam page up as soon as possible, but one major hurdle for first time and hobbyist developers is making a trailer. Here are my recommendations for how to make a minimum viable product Steam trailer.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

The Games Fund launches with $50M to support devs in US, Europe  
by Alissa McAloon [04.16.21]
A team of game industry investors and creators has launched a new $50 million fund with the goal of putting its resources, both financially and professionally, behind game developers.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Analyst: PS5 boasts record console launch despite continuing supply issues  
by Alissa McAloon [04.16.21]
Data collected by the NPD Group seems to indicate that the PlayStation 5 has raked in more cash than any past console when comparing the first few months after launch.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: How Rogue Legacy handles tutorials without being boring 5
by Staff [04.16.21]
How do you teach players how to play your game without getting bogged down in boring tutorials? Rogue Legacy developer Teddy Lee shares his secrets.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Square Enix shoots down acquisition rumors  
by Alissa McAloon [04.16.21]
Square Enix isn't currently looking for a buyer, nor is the Japanese company looking to sell off any of its subsidiaries despite a Bloomberg report claiming otherwise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing