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Naughty Dog hopes to solve crunch complaints with 'working groups'  
by Bryant Francis [08.30.21]
Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Neil Druckmann say the company is working to improve work-life balance with a new set of working groups.
Console/PC, Production

Report: Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi may soon head over to NetEase  
by Bryant Francis [08.30.21]
NetEase is reportedly in the final stages of hiring Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi away from Sega.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

China massively restricts playtime limits for younger players  
by Bryant Francis [08.30.21]
The Chinese government has restricted video game access for younger players to one hour per day from Friday to Sunday.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Overwatch's McCree to have name changed after namesake fired from Blizzard  
by Bryant Francis [08.27.21]
McCree, the Overwatch cowboy hero named after a former Blizzard employee, will soon have his name changed. His namesake, level designer Jesse McCree, was fired from Blizzard Entertainment.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Elden Ring rides high at the 2021 Gamescom Awards  
by Bryant Francis [08.27.21]
Gamescom's annual award ceremony concluded with a slew of wins for Elden Ring, making Bandai Namco the top-performing publisher in the awards spread.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Fallout 76 project lead departs Bethesda after 16 years  
by Chris Kerr [08.27.21]
The Bethesda veteran will take some time to reflect before choosing their next move.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam refund abuse has Summer of '58 developer Emika Games considering hiatus  
by Chris Kerr [08.27.21]
The indie developer behind horror title Summer of '58 claims Steam refund abuse has torpedoed its future plans.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apple to let App Store devs email customers about alternative payment options  
by Chris Kerr [08.27.21]
App Store developers will soon be able nudge customers over email to make them aware of alternative payment options and perhaps avoid platform fees.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Epic and Time Magazine debut interactive MLK Jr. exhibit in Fortnite  
by Bryant Francis [08.26.21]
Epic Games and Time Magazine have partnered to debut an interactive Fortnite Creative exhibit about the 1963 March on Washington.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

11 bit makes moves to bring 'meaningful games' into AAA realm  
by Kris Graft [08.26.21]
Przemyslaw Marszal of Frostpunk developer 11 bit wants to bring his company fully into the realm of AAA. Here's how he plans to do it.
Console/PC

Frostpunk 2 is no longer listed for pre-order on Kinguin  
by Bryant Francis [08.26.21]
Kinguin has removed Frostpunk 2 from pre-order after the developers at 11 Bit Studios publicly complained about the early, unapproved listing on its site.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Gearbox opening Montreal studio to work on Borderlands and new franchises  
by Chris Kerr [08.26.21]
Gearbox is opening its second major studio in Canada and sinking $200 million CAD into the region.
Production, Business/Marketing

We're now at GameDeveloper.com!  
by Kris Graft [08.26.21]
Gamasutra.com will soon automatically redirect to the brand new GameDeveloper.com. For now, click here to go to the new site!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

NES and SNES hardware designer has retired from Nintendo after almost 40 years  
by Chris Kerr [08.26.21]
Nintendo design and brand director Lance Barr is departing the company after almost four decades.
Design, Business/Marketing

Revisiting Mohawk Games' diversity overhaul - GDC Podcast ep. 23  
by Kris Graft [08.25.21]
In this episode of GDC Podcast, recorded earlier this year live at GDC Showcase, Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon talk to Leyla and Soren Johnson, CEO and design director at Offworld Trading Company and Old World developer Mohawk Games.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Podcast

Niantic will keep some pandemic-era protocols in Pokemon Go after all  
by Bryant Francis [08.25.21]
After outcry from players, Niantic has announced it's keeping its pandemic-era design shifts for Pokemon Go.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Deep Silver Volition is hiring a Senior Environment Artist  
by Staff [08.25.21]
Volition is looking for a Senior Environment Artist to help them build the world for the next Saints Row title.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

From the Editors: Reflections on Gamasutra  
by Bryant Francis [08.25.21]
The Gamasutra editorial team has instead opted to present a selection of must-read articles from our collective history.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Horizon Forbidden West slips to a February 2022 release date  
by Bryant Francis [08.25.21]
Guerilla Games has announced that Horizon Forbidden West will debut in February 2022, a few months after its original 2021 release date.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

South Korea is axing its game curfew for minors  
by Bryant Francis [08.25.21]
The South Korean government has announced its intent to roll back the country’s decade-old gaming curfew for young players. The ban should be lifted by the end of the year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing