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Video: 5 more game design techniques from rather clever devs  
by Staff [06.13.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk game designers Richard Rouse III, Erin Hoffman-John, Soren Johnson, Raph Koster, Josh Sawyer, and Stone Librande share unique game design rules they've used in their work.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Square Enix is considering its own subscription service  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.19]
Square Enix is considering launching its own subscription service, a move that follows in the footsteps of other major game companies like EA and Ubisoft.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: So you want to have a kick-ass Steam page? 17
by Gamasutra Community [06.13.19]
A detailed dive into everything your Steam page should feature in order to be as efficient as possible.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox head: xCloud aims to complement video game hardware, not replace it  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.19]
Xbox head Phil Spencer says that the company views xCloud as a long-term solution, but one that isn't out to render in-home console and PC setups obsolete.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Don't Miss: Designing Zelda: Breath of the Wild's unconventional mechanics  
by Staff [06.12.19]
At GDC 2017, some of the lead developers on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild talk earnestly about how (and why) they designed the game's convention-breaking systems and mechanics.
Console/PC, Design

Report: Tariffs prompt Nintendo to move some Switch production out of China  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.19]
The Wall Street Journal says the shift includes some production of the current Switch as well as production of the two rumored new versions of the console.
Console/PC

Steam developers can start uploading assets for new library layout  
by Chris Kerr [06.12.19]
Steam might be a few weeks away from trialing its new Steam Library layout, but eager developers can start uploading and previewing new assets today. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Breath of the Wild sequel partially inspired by Red Dead Redemption 2 1
by Chris Kerr [06.12.19]
Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed the team working on the follow-up to Breath of the Wild have been playing a lot of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Console/PC, Design, Production, E3

What Massive has learned making live content for The Division 2  
by Bryant Francis [06.12.19]
Massive Entertainment live content manager Yannick Banchereau shares lessons the company's picked up from making live content for The Division and The Division 2.
Console/PC, Production, E3

Epic Games has acquired group video chat platform Houseparty  
by Chris Kerr [06.12.19]
Fortnite maker Epic Games has acquired synchronous social network Houseparty for an undisclosed fee. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Atari's throwback Atari VCS console up for pre-order, starting at $250 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.19]
Atari has narrowed down the release window for its own spin on the re-released classic console trend, and the Atari VCS has officially gone up for pre-order online.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: How bad crediting hurts the game industry and muddles history 7
by Richard Moss [06.11.19]
Historians reflect on the game industry's bumpy track record of accurately crediting developers, and make a case for why standardizing game credits is critical if we want to understand the industry.
Console/PC, Production

Nintendo's E3 Direct had nothing new for the 3DS 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.19]
This year’s show offered no new announcements or upcoming games for the long-running handheld what-so-ever, though Nintendo has yet to officially end support for the 3DS.
Console/PC, E3

Nintendo is working on a direct Breath of the Wild sequel  
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.19]
Nintendo's E3 live stream this year was light on big announcements, save for a teaser of a follow up to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at the end of the show.
Console/PC, Video, E3

Ooblets to self-publish after Double Fine joins Microsoft  
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.19]
Ooblets was previously one of the games being published under the Double Fine Presents label, but the game's developers have announced they'll be self-publishing the game.
Console/PC, Indie, E3

Microsoft revamping Xbox Live gamertags so users can share the same name  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.19]
Microsoft is changing how Xbox Live gamertags work so multiple users can (sort of) claim the same name.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Novaquark secures $11.2 million in funding to continue Dual Universe development  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.19]
French developer Novaquark has netted $11.2 million to continue the development of its massively multiplier online game, Dual Universe.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft ending Xbox One backwards compatibility efforts to focus on next-gen 3
by Chris Kerr [06.11.19]
Microsoft is winding down its Xbox One backwards compatibility efforts so it can focus on bringing "thousands of games from all four console generations" to Project Scarlett.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Three interesting insights from the making of Void Bastards 3
by Bryant Francis [06.11.19]
Void Bastards game designer and programmer Farbs takes us through some of the design decisions that brought Blue Manchu's latest game to life.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video

New Ubisoft tool lets Assassin's Creed Odyssey players create custom quests  
by Alissa McAloon [06.10.19]
Ubisoft's freshly announced Story Creator Mode lets Assassin’s Creed Odyssey players create and share their own quests for the game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video, E3