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Unity getting new rendering, machine learning, and performance tools  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.18]
Unity shared a glimpse of its 2018 roadmap at GDC, explaining it'll be focusing on building out next level rendering, machine learning, and performance tools.
Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Life Is Strange writer on how to run a successful writer's room Exclusive  
by Simon Parkin [03.19.18]
Narrative director at Deck Nine and lead writer on Life is Strange: Before the Storm Zak Garriss discusses how to run a successful writer's room.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Scope Creep: A useful, treacherous tool, says Heat Signature dev  
by Kris Graft [03.19.18]
"Scope creep is a bad, dirty term, yet it’s also been my fundamental development technique," joked Tom Francis, developer behind the games Heat Signature and Gunpoint.
Indie, Design, Production, GDC

Klang nets $5M to support the development of its AI-driven MMO, Seed  
by Chris Kerr [03.19.18]
Berlin-based studio Klang has secured $5 million in funding to continue the development of its AI-driven massively multiplayer online (MMO) offering, Seed
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic gifts over $12M worth of Paragon assets to Unreal Engine devs  
by Chris Kerr [03.19.18]
Epic is giving Unreal Engine 4 devs access to over $12 million worth of assets from its soon-to-be shuttered online shooter, Paragon
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Exoplanets Of Trust  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.19.18]
This week's longform writing/video highlights include helping gamers find undiscovered exoplanets, research about 'the trust spectrum' from Raph Koster, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Established Japanese devs are making games under a new approach 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.16.18]
A profile published by Polygon earlier today examines how a growing number of established Japanese game developers have taken a different approach for creating new titles.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

GDC 2018 is this week! Follow along on Gamasutra's official event page  
by Staff [03.16.18]
Game Developers Conference 2018 is here, and Gamasutra reporters will be onsite bringing you loads of stories. Follow along on our event page here!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Nintendo's influence on independent devs and their games  
by Emma Kidwell [03.16.18]
Independent developers share the influence that Nintendo has had on their work.
Indie, Design, Production

Chat with Ubisoft senior producer Nouredine Abboud at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [03.16.18]
We're talking to the senior producer of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands today at 3PM EDT. Come ask your questions!
Console/PC, Production, Video

Blog: My first year as a full-time indie developer 21
by Gamasutra Community [03.16.18]
​In January 2017 I quit my web application developer job to become a full-time independent game developer, following nearly five years of development on my first game. Here's what happened.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Building a cash flow and budget document 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.15.18]
This post describes the cash flow and budget document we use at Clever Endeavour Games, and includes instructions and things to consider when making a similar document or using our template.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Developing Skirmish Line - A tale of two indies 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.15.18]
For the past two years I've been working on a game called Skirmish Line. This my postmortem, which is more of a cautionary tale about developing games.
Design, Production

Get a job: Infinity Ward, InnoGames, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [03.13.18]
Gamasutra's Job Board is the most diverse, most active, and most established board of its kind in the video game industry, serving companies of all sizes, from indie to triple-A.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Art, Production, Recruitment

Game Arts International Network is a new resource for organizers  
by Emma Kidwell [03.12.18]
Co-founder of Hand Eye Society Jim Munroe establishes The Game Arts International Network, a new community focused resource for developers interested in game arts organizations.
Social/Online, Production

Don't Miss: Postmortem: Fatshark's Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide 4
by Staff [03.12.18]
"I would guess that 70 percent of all games today are released too early. Luckily we had the funds to allow us to delay the release." Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

ModDB has restored and relaunched GameFront  
by Chris Kerr [03.12.18]
The much loved database folded (not for the first time) back in April 2016, but ModDB swooped in to save the day, claiming it couldn't sit back and watch GameFront "slowly fade into obscurity."
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Sponsored: Defining the next generation of user interfaces 3
by Noesis [03.12.18]
Noesis Technologies discusses the mandatory characteristics that any modern user interface middleware must offer, and explains how its own solution, NoesisGUI, addresses them.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Devs weigh in on the best ways to use (but not abuse) procedural generation 3
by Alan Bradley [03.12.18]
Devs on Into the Breach, Astroneer, and Moon Hunters chat with Gamasutra about how they've learned to best use proc-gen techniques in their games -- and what other devs looking to start should know.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Bethesda Game Studios expands with BattleCry merger  
by Chris Kerr [03.09.18]
The Elder Scrolls and Fallout developer Bethesda has expanded its development operations by officially bringing BattleCry Studios into the Bethesda Game Studios fold. 
Production, Business/Marketing