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PUBG is rolling out console crossplay to Xbox One and PS4 this year  
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
The team behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is bringing cross-platform play to its Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Mojang partners with Nvidia to bring real-time ray tracing to Minecraft 1
by Chris Kerr [08.19.19]
Less than a week after Mojang canceled Minecraft's high-end graphics overhaul, the developer has revealed the game will be getting a new lick of paint with some help from Nvidia.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Halo Infinite and Halo 5: Guardians creative director has left 343 Industries  
by Chris Kerr [08.19.19]
Halo Infinite creative director Tim Longo has left developer 343 Industries as part of a leadership reshuffle.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Dicey Dungeons Gets Rad, Patreon Follows  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.18.19]
This week's roundup includes looks at standout new titles including Dicey Dungeons and Rad, an analysis of Patreon as incremental funding, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Great game audio choreography for battle design  
by Staff [08.16.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, veteran voice director Khris Brown discusses how to approach to improving fight mechanic audio design while the player is in the heat of battle.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Sponsored: Data, trends, and tips for raising subscription revenue in free-to-play games  
by Xsolla [08.16.19]
Learn how to structure an effective subscription plan that benefits both players and game studios with the insights found in this guide.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Don't Miss: A deep dive into the 'old school' save system of Alien: Isolation 15
by Staff [08.16.19]
How going "old-school" with game saves -- they're manual! -- created a sorely-needed sense of tension in Creative Assembly's first-person horror-shooter Alien: Isolation.
Console/PC, Design

My.Games is launching its own PC video game storefront  
by Alissa McAloon [08.16.19]
The Russian company Mail.ru is expanding its My.Games video game business through the worldwide launch of a digital game storefront on PC.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Steam's 'Follower' counts: A discoverability gem hidden in plain sight  
by Gamasutra Community [08.16.19]
GDC's Simon Carless zeroes in on one particular part of game discoverability: one particular hidden gem of a statistic - Steam's follower counts.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Be a Senior Producer at Cold Iron Studios  
by Staff [08.15.19]
The team at Cold Iron seek an experienced producer to join the team working on an Aliens game for consoles and PC out of their San Jose, CA office!
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Epic Games Store rolls out more cloud save support, flashier store pages  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.19]
Cloud save support appeared on the Epic Games Store last month, but Epic has now expanded the list of games with the feature and explained why support is only trickling out.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Great game production tips with Grant Shonkwiler - GDC Podcast ep. 1 2
by Kris Graft [08.15.19]
Grant Shonkwiler is a rising star of video game production, having worked on games including Doom, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and Fortnite. He recently joined Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft and news editor Alissa McAloon on the newly-minted GDC Podcast.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Podcast

Paradox touts positive cash flow despite record marketing and dev spend  
by Alissa McAloon [08.14.19]
Paradox Interactive CEO comments that the key to its business is keeping a balance between short-term profitability and investing in future projects, and he believes Paradox has done well with that so far.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Xbox head: Cloud gaming is inevitable but 'years and years' away from mainstream  
by Alissa McAloon [08.14.19]
"I think this is years away from being a mainstream way people play," says Xbox head Phil Spencer. "And I mean years, like years and years."
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Achieving high-quality, low-cost skin textures in games  
by Staff [08.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Square Enix's Adelle Bueno presents a workflow for character skin detail texturing that allows for affordable, detailed representation of a variety of unique pore types!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Exploring the secret depths of Bubble Bobble's design 5
by Staff [08.14.19]
Taito's bubble-popping classic holds a number of secrets, and in this guide an expert will show you how to find one that unlocks the game's hidden language and showcases a new dimension of its design.
Console/PC, Design

Watch Age of Wonders: Planetfall's lead dev discuss updating the series for a new age  
by Bryant Francis [08.14.19]
Watch the lead developer of Age of Wonders: Planetfall break down the development process of Triumph Studios' new 4X strategy game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Chat with Age of Wonders: Planetfall lead dev Lennart Sas at 1PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [08.14.19]
Triumph Studios cofounder Lennart Sas is taking your questions on the GDC Twitch channel starting at 1PM EST.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Tencent doubling down on season passes as mobile titles drive revenue  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.19]
Revenues and profits were up at Tencent during the last quarter, thanks in part to the performance of mobile games including Honour of Kings and PUBG Mobile.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

THQ Nordic acquires Darksiders dev Gunfire and racing studio Milestone  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.19]
THQ Nordic has closed out the first quarter of the fiscal year by announcing a flurry of acquisitions, including Darksiders developer Gunfire and racing game specialist Milestone.
VR, Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing