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Analyst: The next-gen console race is Sony's to lose 1
by Chris Kerr [11.10.20]
Media and technology analyst firm Omdia believes the next-gen console race is Sony's to lose, despite Microsoft putting itself in a much stronger position this time around. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Combining 2D and 3D effects in Blightbound  
by Gamasutra Community [11.10.20]
Analysing the tricks used to make Blightbound's VFX work in a 3D world while maintainig a 2D aesthetic.
Console/PC, Design

Take-Two confirms $994 million purchase of Dirt developer Codemasters  
by Chris Kerr [11.10.20]
Take-Two Interactive has confirmed it will acquire Dirt developer Codemasters in a deal worth approximately $994 million.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic is gauging interest in a Fortnite monthly subscription plan  
by Chris Kerr [11.10.20]
Epic Games is seemingly mulling over the possibility of introducing a monthly subscription plan for Fortnite.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The argument for simpler games 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.10.20]
Our industry is obsessed with complexity, with brutal consequences in employee wellbeing and product quality. It's time to start talking about this unhealthy obsession.
Design, Production

Dev-friendliness, scalability at top of mind for Xbox development chief  
by Kris Graft [11.10.20]
Jason Ronald is the director of program management for the Xbox Platform Team, leading development of the Xbox Series X and S. In an interview with Gamasutra he gives an inside look at the years-long creation of the consoles.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

The PlayStation 5 was even larger in initial design concepts  
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.20]
An insightful Washington Post interview with Yujin Morisawa reveals that the behemoth PlayStation 5 has actually shrunk from its first concepts.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: A 2013 snapshot of game developers' motion control tips, lessons, and dreams 1
by Staff [11.09.20]
A variety of developers with plenty of experience in the field of motion controls give Gamasutra insight into how studios should go about tackling the space.
Console/PC

EA looks to revamp its mobile biz to tap into an 'unbelievable exponential opportunity'  
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.20]
EA CEO Andrew Wilson explored how a recent hire at the company is looking to deepen its efforts on mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet


Sony launches PS5 remote play app for the PS4 with next-gen looming  
by Chris Kerr [11.09.20]
Sony has quietly launched a PlayStation 5 remote play app for the PlayStation 4 ahead of the next-gen console's United States launch on November 12.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Why do some games just... keep selling?  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.09.20]
Sometimes games just keep selling. You can compare games that have 250 Steam reviews in their first week and come back a year later, and some have 500 and a few have 2-4,000. Why?
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Airship Syndicate as a Junior to Mid Programmer  
by Staff [11.06.20]
If you've got the experience and enjoy working with a focused group of talented and passionate game devs, then we're the place for you.
Programming, Recruitment

Don't Miss: How Onrush harnesses the chaos of a racing battle  
by Staff [11.06.20]
"As soon as you've got 24 vehicles on the track and it's a free-for-all you'd be surprised how chaotic that is," says Onrush game director Paul Rustchynsky.
Console/PC, Design

Take-Two in talks to acquire Dirt dev Codemasters  
by Alissa McAloon [11.06.20]
Take-Two is courting Codemasters, with both parties having confirmed that an acquisition could be on the table.
Console/PC

'HD Games' profit dips at Square Enix following Marvel's Avengers launch  
by Alissa McAloon [11.06.20]
As a whole, Square Enix reported a year-over-year increase in sales and operating income but numbers for its HD Games business alone shows that Avengers sales have failed to balance out costs.
Console/PC, Social/Online

First impressions: How are reviewers reacting to the PlayStation 5?  
by Chris Kerr [11.06.20]
The PlayStation 5 reviews have started to trickle in, and it seems like the super-sized machine is making quite the impression. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: How to wrangle inflation in your online game economy  
by Staff [11.06.20]
In this 2020 GDC Virtual Talk, Netease's Yongcheng Liu & Qinfang Ying demonstrate how they monitor they monitor the economic systems of Netease's MMORPGs to reduce inflation.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Capcom says customer information is secure following cyber attack  
by Chris Kerr [11.06.20]
An unauthorized third party managed to gain access to Capcom's internal systems during a recent cyber attack, the company has confirmed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sega Sammy struggling to weather the pandemic despite strong game sales  
by Chris Kerr [11.06.20]
The COVID-19 pandemic has attributed to declining net sales and profits at Sega Sammy, despite an uptick in video game sales.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing