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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.

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

Wishlists have been added to the Epic Games Store 1
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
Wishlists have been added to the Epic Games Store so users can keep tabs on those titles they're keen to add to their collection.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

The tale of porting No Code's text-based Stories Untold to Switch 1
by Andrew King [03.11.20]
When No Code ported the text-based adventure game Stories Untold from PC to Nintendo Switch, the studio had to alter the game's original input method--keystrokes--and make it work for a game controller, among other challenges.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot passes 2 million sold  
by Alissa McAloon [03.10.20]
Publisher Bandai Namco has announced that CyberConnect2’s most recent release, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, has surpassed 2 million copies sold since its January 17 launch.
Console/PC raises $1 million to help game devs support user-generated content  
by Alissa McAloon [03.10.20] has secured $1 million in seed funding in a round led by Play Ventures, with the goal of expanding its platform and bringing its mod-enabling tools to more game developers.

Game Developers Conference 2020 announces virtual awards and talk schedule  
by Staff [03.10.20]
The organizers of the Game Developers Conference are excited to announce plans to stream talks during the week GDC 2020 would have taken place, March 16-20!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

First-party PlayStation exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn arrives on PC this summer 2
by Alissa McAloon [03.10.20]
Horizon Zero Dawn, the PlayStation 4 exclusive from PlayStation-owned Guerrilla Games, is officially launching on PC later this year, though the port doesn’t necessarily mean all PlayStation exclusives will follow suit.

Pixel Pets: How game developers bring animals to life  
by Stacey Henley [03.10.20]
We speak with developers behind games including Shelter 3, Pupperazzi and more to find out various approaches to imbuing virtual animals with real emotions.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Call of Duty: Warzone offers a free-to-play, cross-platform battle royale mode  
by Alissa McAloon [03.09.20]
Activision has revealed its long rumored (and partially leaked) new mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as Call of Duty: Warzone, an add on that includes a 150-person, free-to-play battle royale mode.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Yes, Your Grace amasses $600,000 in revenue over launch weekend 1
by Chris Kerr [03.09.20]
Yes, Your Grace, a kingdom management RPG developed by Brave At Night and published by No More Robots, has made over $600,000 in revenue during its launch weekend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tim Sweeney says Epic will throw support behind Nvidia GeForce Now  
by Chris Kerr [03.09.20]
Epic Games founder and chief exec Tim Sweeney said the Fortnite maker will "wholeheartedly" support Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud streaming platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How John Wick Hex establishes character through action 1
by Jack Yarwood [03.09.20]
"While we copy the tropes of the action movies, the idea that you should be able to define a character by what the gameplay verbs are is just something that we don’t really talk about, but it just seems really obvious to me," says John Wick Hex dev Mike Bithell.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: Not For Broadcast, The Longing Of Kirby  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.07.20]
The latest highlights include looks at Not For Broadcast & The Longing, as well as a pretty odd video about Kirby, the history of Iran's game biz, the history of Dropmix, secrets in games, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

2K Games is the latest publisher to pull games from GeForce Now  
by Alex Wawro [03.06.20]
All 2K Games titles have been removed from Nvidia's GeForce Now streaming service today, though the company representative making the announcement noted Nvidia is working with 2K to get them back.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A Game Design Deep Dive into Amnesia's 'Sanity Meter' 18
by Staff [03.06.20]
"Instead of having the darkness being directly linked to player's health, it made a lot more sense if it affected their mental well-being," writes dev Thomas Grip in a look at Amnesia's sanity meter.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Apex Legends dev says Forge stab-and-switch was meant to foil data miners  
by Alex Wawro [03.06.20]
"It started as a fun way to misdirect data miners who, at the time, felt like they had solved our next legend and had ruined our surprise,” designer director Jason McCord recently told Dot eSports.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Microsoft aims to give hourly staff their full pay despite COVID-19 cutbacks 2
by Alex Wawro [03.06.20]
Many Microsoft devs are working from home due to COVID-19 concerns, and now the company says even though hourly contractors are working less, it still plans to pay them their usual rates.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing