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Video: The making of Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin 2  
by Staff [05.14.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Larian Studios' Swen Vincke takes a look at all the strategies employed to make Divinity: Original Sin 2 a better game than Divinity: Original Sin, and how they worked out.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Square Enix-founded RPG dev Studio Istolia closes down  
by Alissa McAloon [05.14.19]
Studio Istolia has been closed down following the cancelation of Project Prelude Rune.
Console/PC

Valve breaks down different tools for marketing games on Steam 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.14.19]
Valve has updated its Steamworks developer portal to include some handy tips for developers on how to get the most out of their marketing efforts Steam.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

GTA V is nearing 110 million sales worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [05.14.19]
Grand Theft Auto V has sold in close to 110 million units worldwide since launching in September 2013.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

When grinding is fun: Forager's compelling approach to 'idle game' design 1
by Jupiter Hadley, Kris Graft [05.14.19]
Mariano "Hopfrog" Cavallero's hit Steam game Forager mashes adventure and crafting elements with the relaxing appeal of idle games. Here's how he made Forager an "idle game that you want to actively keep playing."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Take-Two sees record net bookings thanks to flagship franchises  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.19]
Take-Two Interactive has closed out its 2018-2019 fiscal year with record net bookings, more than half of which came from digital goods.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Monster Hunter: World's director breathed new life into the game 1
by Staff [05.13.19]
"The most appealing aspect of...new hardware was its memory & processing power," says game director Yuyu Tokuda. "Without this, the rich, living ecosystem we envisioned...would not have been possible."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Video: Insomniac's technical postmortem of Marvel's Spider-Man  
by Staff [05.13.19]
At GDC 2019 Insomniac's Elan Ruskin discusses the challenges of adapting rendering, streaming & lighting to build a New York City that fits on a Blu-Ray for the studio's hit game Marvel's Spider-Man
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Crowdfunded Outer Wilds joins growing list of Epic Games Store exclusives  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.19]
The developers behind the upcoming game Outer Wilds have revealed that the PC version of the game will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store at launch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

PSA: One week left to submit your talks for XRDC 2019  
by Staff [05.13.19]
XRDC happens October 14-15 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in San Francisco, so make sure to submit your pitches for talks: the deadline for proposals is next Monday, May 20th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

New releases driving sales at Square Enix, but launch costs cause profits to dip  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.19]
New releases including Kingdom Hearts III, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Just Cause 4 are driving sales at Square Enix, which just released its financials for the full-year ended March 31, 2019. 
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The 12 principles of animation in video games  
by Jonathan Cooper [05.13.19]
In this chapter of his book "Game Anim: Video Game Animation Explained" Jonathan Cooper lays out the 12 principles of animation and how they're applied in games like Cuphead or Shadow of the Colossus.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production

Rage 2 aims to encourage streaming through interactive Twitch extensions  
by Alissa McAloon [05.10.19]
Rage 2 is launching alongside a Twitch extension that lets viewers revive downed streamers and see their own names show up in-game.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Yuppie Psycho, Thomas The Tank Engine  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.10.19]
This week's roundup includes the odd & striking Yuppie Psycho, an exploration of why Thomas The Tank Engine keeps getting modded into so many games, plus looks at Mordhau, Sable, Vader Immortal & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Starbreeze lacks funds to operate for another year  
by Alissa McAloon [05.10.19]
Starbreeze leadership admits that the company is in a precarious position, noting in its quarterly financial report that it currently lacks the funds to guarantee it’ll stay open for the next 12 months.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Reflections on the afterimage of Final Fantasy VII 17
by Staff [05.10.19]
"There's a reason [Final Fantasy VII] struck a chord and it goes beyond the fact that it brought cinematic melodrama to video games on a grand scale for the first time."
Console/PC, Design

Sony releases documentary detailing God of War's development 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.10.19]
Sony’s feature-length documentary Raising Kratos has been released, offering developers an in-depth look at the five-year development of the 2018 God of War reboot.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Blog: Requiem for a Game Gear  
by Gamasutra Community [05.10.19]
History remembers the Game Gear as a failure. Kongregate platform product manager Janessa Olson is here to tell you why history is dead wrong.
Console/PC

Big game, small team, no crunch: Behind the success of open world RPG Outward 13
by Bryant Francis, Kris Graft [05.10.19]
Nine Dots CEO Guillaume Boucher-Vidal discusses the ruthlessly efficient, crunch-free development on the sprawling open world RPG Outward -- and drops some big opinions on the old catchphrase "find the fun."
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: The Lemmings Classic Game Postmortem  
by Staff [05.09.19]
In this GDC 2019 presentation Lemmings co-creator Mike Dailly discusses the creation of the seminal DMA Design puzzle-platform game starring those allegedly suicidal rodents
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault