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Focus on the magic: How we found the freedom to create Scavengers  
by Josh Holmes [06.01.21]
Sponsored: "One of our guiding philosophies was to find technologies to help accelerate our development. Tools that could let us focus on the magic of creating gameplay," writes Midwinter Entertainment co-founder Josh Holmes.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Sponsored Article

ROM pirate takes on Nintendo sans lawyer, gets told to pay $2.1M in damages 2
by Chris Kerr [06.01.21]
Nintendo has been awarded a $2.1 million summary judgement against the owner and operator of now-shuttered pirate site RomUniverse.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Inside Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids' new in-game economy  
by Bryant Francis [06.01.21]
Ubisoft's Stephane Boudon discusses the trade economy system fueling Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids.
Console/PC, Design

EA is sunsetting five older Need for Speed titles and pulling them from sale  
by Chris Kerr [06.01.21]
All five games will be removed from digital marketplaces starting this week, while the in-game storefronts have also been turned off.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The AI of Aquanox: Deep Descent  
by Gamasutra Community [06.01.21]
A behind-the-scenes deep dive into the AI powering the post-apocalyptic underwater FPS, Aquanox: Deep Descent.
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Far Cry 6 continues Ubisoft's complicated relationship with political themes  
by Alissa McAloon [05.28.21]
Ubisoft seems always keen to include political context in their games but, as Far Cry 6 shows, the company still draws the line at real-world political statements.
Console/PC

Video: Using animated gifs to sell your game  
by Staff [05.28.21]
In this 2019 GDC session, Future Friends Games' Thomas Reisenegger provides tips on how to market your game through animated .gifs, as well as platform-specific gif advice for Steam, Twitter, etc.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Don't Miss: Analyzing the systemic AI of Far Cry 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.28.21]
Far Cry is a triple-A video game franchise built on the principles of systemic gameplay and behaviour. We take a look at how this is managed by AI systems in both Far Cry 3 and its sequel.
Console/PC, Programming

At GDC 2021 you can learn from the incredible art direction of IKEA  
by Staff [05.28.21]
See how furniture seller IKEA manages its 3D processes in this upcoming GDC 2021 session.
Console/PC, Art, GDC

CD Projekt has appointed a new Cyberpunk 2077 game director  
by Chris Kerr [05.28.21]
The news comes after Cyberpunk's former game director Adam Badowski stepped down to focus on other leadership duties at the Polish company.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Monster Hunter Rise has shipped 7 million copies in two months  
by Chris Kerr [05.28.21]
Monster Hunter Rise has shipped over 7 million copies since launching on the Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA generated $1.6 billion in revenue last year from just Ultimate Team modes  
by Alissa McAloon [05.27.21]
Over the years, EA has pledged to double down on live services due to the financial gains of modes like Ultimate Team, and it doesn't seem keen to abandon that plan any time soon.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Creating a natural movement system for Dying Light 5
by Staff [05.27.21]
"So many of the established smoke and mirrors techniques you use in level design just didn't work for us. We actually had to put full environments behind the curtain, so to speak."
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Video: A classic postmortem of the original Sonic the Hedgehog  
by Staff [05.27.21]
In this 2018 GDC session, Naoto Ohshima & Hirokazu Yasuhara, two of the minds behind the original Sonic the Hedgehog, discuss their perspectives on the creation of the seminal game franchise.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Go behind the fully diegetic UI of Hardspace: Shipbreaker at GDC 2021  
by Staff [05.27.21]
Blackbird Interactive’s Vidhi Shah will break down the creation of Hardspace Shipbreaker’s user interface at the all-digital GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Art, GDC

Microsoft CEO: Higher platform fees make sense for game consoles 3
by Chris Kerr [05.27.21]
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has suggested that app stores should look to lower platform fees over time, but that the same thinking shouldn't be applied to console storefronts.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil Village has topped 4 million global shipments and digital sales  
by Chris Kerr [05.27.21]
Resident Evil Village has shipped and sold over 4 million copies globally in under three weeks, according to the latest figures from developer Capcom.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: The Switch Pro could be revealed before E3 and launch this year  
by Chris Kerr [05.27.21]
Nintendo intends to announce the long-rumored 'Switch Pro' by July and will release the console in September or October this year.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

PS4 still expected top be primary revenue driver for PS Store in 2021 1
by Bryant Francis [05.26.21]
It's been a good fiscal year for Sony Interactive Entertainment, but the PS4 will still be a big revenue driver in the year to come.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video games & TikTok: how to get discovery right  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.26.21]
TikTok, the shortform/mobile video social app which sports hundreds of millions of MAUs worldwide, is great for game discovery. But how? We talk to Jenny Windom about it.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing