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Destiny goes free-to-play as Destiny 2: New Light  
by Alissa McAloon [06.06.19]
New Light aims to entice new players by offering an appealing place to start playing Destiny 2 without needing to play a pricey game of catch-up.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Stadia 'Founder's Edition' launches in November, base version in 2020 11
by Alissa McAloon [06.06.19]
Google has finally offered more details on the Stadia game streaming service it announced earlier this year, shedding light on pricing details and the platform’s game offerings in a pre-E3 stream today.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, E3

Zynga launches Snap Games-exclusive battle royale game 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.05.19]
The prolific mobile developer is one of the first to land games on the game platform Snap launched inside its Snapchat social messaging app.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Report: Destiny 2 is coming to Google Stadia  
by Alissa McAloon [06.05.19]
Multiple sources speaking to Kotaku say that Bungie’s online space shooter is launching on the cloud-based game platform,
Console/PC, Social/Online

PSA: Tomorrow's your last day to save by registering early for XRDC!  
by Staff [06.04.19]
Heads up: The deadline to register for premier AR/VR/MR dev event XRDC at a discount is tomorrow, Wednesday June 5th, at 11:59 PM PT!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, XRDC

The Institute of Play is winding down after 11 years  
by Alissa McAloon [06.04.19]
After over a decade of supporting programs that use video games as tools for education and social development, the Institute of Play is winding down operations.
Social/Online

Video: Building interactive worlds the Walt Disney Imagineering way  
by Staff [06.03.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Walt Disney Imagineering's Brent D. Strong and Sara Thacher talk about the opportunities and challenges of building physical, interactive worlds!
Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Outer Wilds Of A Void City  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.31.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the intriguing triple-I (sorry!) titles Outer Wilds & Void Bastards, as well as the role of the city in games, bringing back Bubsy, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare brings cross-platform play to the series  
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
The latest game in Activision’s long running Call of Duty series is the first to offer cross-platform play.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Games on the Google Play Store now required to disclose loot box odds 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
Google Play's dev guidelines now say that apps with loot boxes "must clearly disclose the odds of receiving those items in advance of purchase.”
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Detroit: Become Human, Nintendo Labo among Games for Change Awards finalists  
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
Games for Change has listed the games up for honors in its 2019 Games for Change Awards and introduced a pair of new awards coming to this year’s show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Google Play's new dev policies aim to improve child privacy and safety  
by Alissa McAloon [05.29.19]
Google Play now requires devs to declare their target audience to host an app on the store, and abide by additional rules if their app is aimed at children.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer leaving Blizzard for Epic Games  
by Alissa McAloon [05.28.19]
Nate Nanzer is leaving his position as commissioner of the Overwatch League to work on the competitive side of Epic Games' Fortnite.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Report: Tencent backs away from Arena of Valor after it fails to take off in the West  
by Alissa McAloon [05.28.19]
Tencent’s Arena of Valor missed the mark in the West, so much so that the company is reportedly shifting resources away from the Honour of Kings spinoff.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Observing A Playdate With Some Cool Ghosts  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.24.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at AI thriller Observation, the unique new Panic handheld Playdate, and subjects including eSport shadiness, Oculus Quest, and Pathologic 2.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Don't Miss: The making of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 4
by Staff [05.24.19]
"We tried several different directions, many of which were failures, but the ultimate result was the best game any of us have ever worked on."
Console/PC, Social/Online

13 data centers in key game dev areas now support xCloud, testing open for some devs 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.24.19]
Microsoft has published a post that offers developers new information on its Project xCloud streaming service, detailing the steps its currently taking to make the service as accessible as possible for game developers.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Dauntless saw 500,000 new players within 24 hours of its cross-platform launch  
by Alissa McAloon [05.24.19]
That influx of new faces brings the free-to-play RPG’s lifetime player count over 4 million.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Telltale Games titles are being delisted from GOG 5
by Alissa McAloon [05.23.19]
PC games storefront GOG has announced that Telltale Games' entire library will be delisted on May 27 as a result of the studio’s closure last year.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Windows 10 now offers a game-focused Xbox Game Bar overlay  
by Alissa McAloon [05.22.19]
An update to Windows 10 has introduced the Xbox Game Bar, a quick access overlay that lets Windows users access music, capture tools, and Xbox Live friends while playing almost any game.
Console/PC, Social/Online