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Ubisoft CEO stresses creative independence as Vivendi takeover threat looms 2
by Kris Graft [06.13.16]
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot took a moment to stress the importance of creative freedom at the end of his company’s E3 conference in L.A. today, an apparent gesture of defiance against Vivendi.
Business/Marketing, E3

Analysis: Microsoft's cross-platform future is about competing on its own terms 5
by Kris Graft [06.13.16]
Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference was all about platform agnosticism and leveraging its unique advantage as the owner of Windows.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

CDPR tries its hand at F2P with standalone version of The Witcher's Gwent 2
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Polish developer CD Projekt Red is dipping a toe into the waters of free-to-play game design with Gwent, a standalone digital version of the collectible card (mini)game in the studio's 2015 hit The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, E3

Don't miss Gamasutra's E3 2016 coverage all week long!  
by Staff [06.13.16]
E3 2016 is off and running! We're running along with it, and now you can keep tabs on Gamasutra's coverage of breaking news and developer-focused interviews on our special event page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft confirms plans to release a more powerful Xbox next year: 'Scorpio' 1
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Xbox chief Phil Spencer closed out Microsoft's E3 showcase today by confirming that yes, Microsoft is going to release a more powerful Xbox console next year that will play all existing Xbox One games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Minecraft multiplayer goes cross-platform under Microsoft's watch  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Now that Microsoft owns Minecraft, it announced today that the massively popular game will be opened up to allow for cross-platform multiplayer mine crafting. Yes, that includes VR platforms too.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, E3

New 'Play Anywhere' initiative reinforces Microsoft's cross-platform push  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Microsoft is amping up its cross-platform push with "Play Anywhere," a new initiative announced during its E3 press event today that encompasses a number of games which will be playable on both Xbox and Windows 10.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft gets deeper into eSports with Arena for Xbox  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
At E3 this week Microsoft laid plans to launch a new service on Xbox, Arena, designed to let people sign up for, compete in and watch tournaments for games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

With Serious Sam VR, Croteam takes the VR plunge 1
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Croatian indie dev Croteam is getting into VR game development with Serious Sam VR, which is set to be published by Devolver Digital on Steam Early Access this summer.
VR, Business/Marketing, E3

Watch the Xbox E3 conference right here at 9:30 AM Pacific  
by Staff [06.13.16]
E3 week begins this morning at 9:30 AM Pacific with Microsoft's Xbox event in Los Angeles, where the company is expected to talk up its lineup of video games and hardware for the year ahead.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Bethesda announces resurrection of long-delayed sequel to Prey 4
by Bryant Francis [06.12.16]
Bethesda announces long-delayed sequel to Prey, previously in development at Human Head studios, now in the hands of Arkane Studios.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Bethesda announces VR integration with Fallout 4, Doom 1
by Bryant Francis [06.12.16]
Bethesda finally gets into the VR game, and brings two of its biggest titles to the platform.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Bethesda banks on eSports with Quake Champions 2
by Bryant Francis [06.12.16]
Bethesda debuts the latest entry in the Quake series, and announces a serious move into the world of eSports.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

EA emphasizes eSports, announces charity initiative during EA Play 1
by Bryant Francis [06.12.16]
Electronic Arts announces a new charity initiative and expansions to its tournament system while showing off new games at EA Play.
Production, Business/Marketing, E3

EA announces indie partnership program 2
by Bryant Francis [06.12.16]
At E3 today, EA announced plans to partner with small developers on original games, promising to deliver all profits over to the developer.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Details surrounding new Xbox One hardware begin to emerge 1
by Kris Graft [06.12.16]
Unconfirmed online reports have revealed new images and detail for the rumored smaller Xbox One hardware.
Console/PC, E3

5 things learned doing E3 as an indie company 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.24.15]
Aside from accidentally stumbling into a Korean brothel, we learned some valuable things about E3 last week.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

E3 2015 media coverage analysis (aka 'Who won the E3 media battle?') 8
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.15]
A year ago, I did a pretty extensive analysis of the media coverage around E3. Well, I have done it again.
Console/PC, E3

Edge of Nowhere a strong argument for third-person, gamepad games in VR 6
by Kris Graft [06.18.15]
At E3 2015, Insomniac Games, the studio behind games including Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, and Sunset Overdrive, showed off its first VR effort, the action adventure game Edge of Nowhere.
Console/PC, Design, Video, E3

Game mechanics and player agency in Everybody's Gone to the Rapture 6
by Kris Graft [06.18.15]
The Chinese Room has been working on its next game, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, which aims to evolve the storytelling ideas in Dear Esther.
Console/PC, Design, E3