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Epic Games' new MetaHuman Creator will let devs build hi-fi humans 1
by Chris Kerr [02.10.21]
Epic Games is working on a browser-based app called MetaHuman Creator that allows game developers to create realistic human characters in "under an hour."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Totally Reliable Delivery Service dev among three studios acquired by TinyBuild  
by Chris Kerr [02.10.21]
Seattle-based publisher TinyBuild has acquired three game studios to bolster its development capabilities.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The design of Millennium Maximus and its core fantasy  
by Chris Kerr [02.10.21]
Millennium Maximus is a hybrid management-narrative-card game, with a strong emphasis on theming and humour, that was made in 72 hours for a game jam. Let's discuss the design and ideas behind it.
Design

Microsoft creates 'Vault' to temporarily house Bethesda parent ZeniMax  
by Chris Kerr [02.10.21]
Microsoft has established a new subsidiary called Vault as part of the merger process with Bethesda parent ZeniMax.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Advocating for accessibility in video games 1
by Morgan Baker [02.10.21]
What is a 'fundamental alteration' and how can we use this language to promote accessibility?
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Join HB Studios as a Senior Producer  
by Staff [02.09.21]
As a Senior Producer, you will be providing organizational and creative leadership on video game development from initial design through to code release by managing projects to schedule and budget.
Production, Recruitment

Riot Games CEO accused of sexual harassment in lawsuit from ex-employee  
by Alissa McAloon [02.09.21]
The lawsuit describes moments of physical and verbal harassment that occurred during an employee's nearly 3 years at Riot, and up until she was, according to the lawsuit, wrongfully terminated last year.
Console/PC

The GDC Podcast is going live at GDC Showcase!  
by Staff [02.09.21]
Watch a live recording of the GDC Podcast with Mohawk Games' Soren & Layla Johnson at GDC Showcase!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, and Just Dance push Ubisoft to new record highs  
by Alissa McAloon [02.09.21]
Ubisoft has claimed a number of new records at the close of the third quarter of its 2020-21 financial year, including record highs in net bookings and unique players across its catalog.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Get certified in Agile Leadership in this GDC Masterclass  
by Staff [02.09.21]
Get certified in Agile Leadership at GDC Masterclass in March!
Console/PC, Production, GDC

Tencent buys minority stake in DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive  
by Chris Kerr [02.09.21]
Tencent has purchased a minority stake in DayZ and Arma developer Bohemia Interactive for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo boss says diverse Switch playerbase will help it outsell the Wii  
by Chris Kerr [02.09.21]
Nintendo has explained how it intends to help the Switch surpass the 101 million lifetime sales amassed by the Wii.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Profits dip at Bandai Namco despite rising game sales  
by Chris Kerr [02.09.21]
Profits have dropped off slightly at Bandai Namco, despite an increase in video game sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt hit by 'targeted cyber attack' 1
by Chris Kerr [02.09.21]
Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has been hit by what it describes as a "targeted cyber attack."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Disbelief as a Technical UI Designer  
by Staff [02.08.21]
We are looking for a Technical UI Designer who is a self motivated problem solver, and will play an integral role in UX development on a variety of projects and UX pipelines.
Design, Recruitment

Digital makes up 85% of Take-Two's $860.9 million in Q3 net revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [02.08.21]
Net revenue decreased year-over-year from $930.1 million to $860.9 million for Q3, but the decline wasn't unexpected.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

EA continues its big mobile push with $2.1 billion Glu Mobile acquisition  
by Alissa McAloon [02.08.21]
EA is hitting the ground running in 2021. Following fresh off the heels of last week's big news for EA Sports, EA has now revealed big plans for its mobile dealings as well.
Smartphone/Tablet

Can you cheat to get ahead on Steam?  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.08.21]
Can you get your game more positive reviews than it would otherwise deserve on Steam, and is this actually a good idea? (Spoiler: it's not...)
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

Don't Miss: How Baldur's Gate 3 first approached the RNG of D&D-inspired dice rolls 2
by Staff [02.08.21]
At launch, dice rolls in Baldur's Gate 3 were played straight with pure RNG and no additional smoke and mirrors. Here's Larian Studios first lessons from developing a D&D game with honest to goodness random rolls.
Console/PC, Design

E3 2021 proposal pitches a digital show with streaming keynotes, press demos  
by Alissa McAloon [02.08.21]
The ESA is shopping around one particular spin on E3 that envisions the 2021 event as a four day long digital showcase.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing