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The next Crypt of the Necrodancer game is set in The Legend of Zelda's Hyrule  
by Alissa McAloon [03.20.19]
The indie developer behind Crypt of the Necrodancer is taking a crack at making its own Legend of Zelda game—with Nintendo’s blessing.
Console/PC, Indie, Video

Opinion: Chez Stadia - Google's new cloud platform  
by Joost van Dreunen [03.20.19]
The announcement for Google Stadia was absolutely perfect and flawless. It also told us exactly nothing about the relevant aspects for content creators or consumers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Remedy, Quantic Dream, and other devs sign on for Epic Games Store exclusives  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.19]
This is a big deal because Epic seems to be ramping up its efforts to compete with Steam and other storefronts by wooing developers to the Epic Games Store. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Epic lays plans for Unreal Engine ray tracing and physics revamps  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.19]
Epic hosted its usual 'State of Unreal' briefing at GDC today, and the big news for Unreal devs seems to be a new online services SDK, ray tracing support, and a big upcoming "Chaos" physics system.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, GDC

Devs can now sell Epic Game Store keys on the Humble Store  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.19]
Today at GDC the team at Epic announced they've partnered with Humble to allow for Epic Games Store game keys to be sold on Humble's storefront, even if said games are Epic Store exclusives.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Epic expands its dev grants program with $100M in Epic MegaGrants  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.19]
Roughly four years after announcing its inaugural $5 million Unreal Dev Grants program, the team at Epic has announced a new $100 million successor: the Epic MegaGrants initiative.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Stadia's biz dev director talks challenges, opportunities in new age of cloud games 3
by Kris Graft [03.20.19]
Gamasutra speaks with Jack Buser, director for games business development at Google, about the boxless future that Stadia is promising.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Update: Lucasfilm Games job postings apparently not linked to studio revival 7
by Chris Kerr [03.20.19]
Updated A new sub-division of Disney does appear to share the name of LucasArts precursor Lucasfilm Games, but a representative has confirmed no new company with that name is being formed.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Mapping out the subtle social cues throughout Hitman's level design 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.19]
“Apart from mocking everything up one of the most important things that we do in a game like Hitman is making life, making drama situations as we call them. We borrow a little bit from the world of theater.”
Console/PC, Design, GDC

How indie devs can form their own worker cooperative  
by Emma Kidwell [03.19.19]
Given the current state of the games industry, there needs to be alternative ways to run indie and midsize studios. Worker cooperatives could be the solution.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Google unveils first-party game studio led by Jade Raymond  
by Kris Graft [03.19.19]
As Google took the wraps off its streaming game platform Stadia, the company also announced Stadia Games and Entertainment -- a new game studio headed up by industry vet Jade Raymond.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

'No console required': Google unveils streaming game platform, 'Stadia' 27
by Kris Graft [03.19.19]
At GDC 2019 this morning, Google detailed its long-awaited streaming game platform, dubbed Stadia.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Watch Google's highly anticipated GDC 2019 keynote right here
by Chris Kerr [03.19.19]
Google has been teasing a massive game-related announcement all week, and the big reveal is taking place in a matter of minutes at GDC 2019. Watch it live right here.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC

The Culling: Origins' servers are being switched off in May  
by Chris Kerr [03.19.19]
"Even with thousands of active daily users, the revenue was only a fraction of what our dev team required to continue daily operations."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Unity partners with Havok to roll out new physics systems  
by Alex Wawro [03.18.19]
Unity has partnered with Microsoft-owned Havok to update its game engine with two new physics systems: one new default option and a 'high-end' option backed by Havok's proprietary physics engine.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

Designing AI to do anything a spider can in Marvel's Spider-Man 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.18.19]
Marvel's Spider-Man led to a good deal of AI problems (and interesting solutions!), something lead gameplay programmer Adam Noonchester dove into during an AI Postmortem on the game.
Console/PC, Programming, GDC

Unity and Nvidia partner to launch real-time raytracing tech  
by Alissa McAloon [03.18.19]
Unity and Nvidia have joined forces to launch real-time raytracing tech thanks to Nvidia’s RTX platform and Unity's High Definition Render Pipeline.
Console/PC, GDC

Chet Faliszek and Kimberly Voll form co-op game studio Stray Bombay  
by Chris Kerr [03.18.19]
"Players are smart, they are social. But games often don’t reflect that and we think that can change. So we’re forming a new studio in Seattle that is itself co-operative."
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC 2019 is this week! Follow Gamasutra's coverage here  
by Staff [03.18.19]
Gamasutra is on-site at GDC 2019 in San Francisco this week! Follow our coverage at our dedicated event page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Flappy Division Bell Is Ringing  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.18.19]
This week's highlights include a look at Flappy Bird's effect on the indie game scene, The Division 2's politics (or lack there-of), info on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite & Days Gone & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing