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Sony acquires Returnal developer Housemarque to expand PlayStation Studios 1
by Chris Kerr [06.29.21]
"After more than 15 years of successfully collaborating, we’re excited to amplify our potential even further and join PlayStation Studios."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft brings Xbox Series X-powered cloud game streaming to iOS and PC  
by Chris Kerr [06.29.21]
Microsoft has launched Xbox Cloud Gaming (a.k.a. Project xCloud) on iOS and PC in 22 countries.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Creating Blind Drive, an audio sensory driving game experienced through sound 1
by Joel Couture [06.29.21]
"Another major draw for us was the ability of sound to create a deep sense of immersion quite different from what is possible with graphics," say the developers of Blind Drive.
Video, IGF

Rare version of Minecraft unearthed thanks to blind luck 1
by Bryant Francis [06.28.21]
Minecraft Alpha 1.11, a rare version of the gargantuanly popular game, has been unearthed thanks to one longtime user who tweeted about it in 2011.
Console/PC, Programming

Opinion: what's the best timing to release your game?  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.28.21]
We never really talked about which week and month it’s best to debut your game in. There’s a contrarian, over-simplistic answer on this, and then a more nuanced answer. You get both.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Obituary: River, the inspiration for Fallout 4’s Dogmeat, has passed away  
by Bryant Francis [06.28.21]
River, the real-life German Shepherd that inspired Fallout 4’s Dogmeat, passed away over the weekend.
Console/PC, Design

Game writer Chris Avellone files libel lawsuit over sexual misconduct allegations  
by Alissa McAloon [06.28.21]
A lawsuit and two Medium posts published by Avellone over the last few days mark his first significant comments on the sexual misconduct accusations made against him in June 2020.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: Todd Howard on the scope and vision of Skyrim 16
by Kris Graft [06.28.21]
On Bethesda's 35th anniversary, take a look back on lead designer Todd Howard's thoughts about the scope and direction of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Sucker Punch is hiring a Combat Designer  
by Staff [06.28.21]
Heads up---Sucker Punch is in the market for a Combat Designer. Maybe it's you?
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Team Fortress 2 hits new concurrent players peak nearly 14 years after release  
by Alissa McAloon [06.28.21]
The increase follows the addition of tools and changes meant to limit behavior often tied to bot accounts.
Console/PC, Social/Online

The GDC 2021 event platform is now open!  
by Staff [06.28.21]
GDC attendees, heads up—you can now log in to Swapcard, the official platform of the 2021 Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Creating conversations from card game mechanics in Signs of the Sojourner  
by Joel Couture [06.28.21]
"Our hope is that while playing, folks will consider who they want to build relationships with, and how, and why, rather than the equivalent of blasting through every branch in a dialogue tree."
Indie, Art, Design, Video, IGF

Sponsored Content
The New Metaverse Economy  
by Nancy Beaton, VP of Strategy, IMVU/VCOIN [06.28.21]
Sponsored: New technologies and movements are starting to cater to a new culture of immersion. The companies, games and experiences that embrace those technologies will be the real social and economic winners.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Blog: Contract Killers - What developers should eliminate from their publishing agreement (Part 3) 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.28.21]
Part 3 in a series looking at video game publishing agreements and what developers should look to change if possible to protect their game and their business.
Business/Marketing

Pro wrestler loses Call of Duty character copyright lawsuit against Activision 1
by Chris Kerr [06.28.21]
WWE wrestler Booker T. Huffman has lost a character copyright infringement lawsuit against Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Indian game streaming app Loco nets $9M from investors including PUBG owner Krafton  
by Chris Kerr [06.28.21]
South Korean company Krafton, which owns popular battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, took part in the investment round alongside others.
Production, Business/Marketing

Focus Home Interactive boasts record year as it continues to 'accelerate its transformation'  
by Alissa McAloon [06.25.21]
Focus Home Interactive has closed out its 2020/21 fiscal year, boasting a strong increase in profitability alongside record results for the 12 month period ending March 31, 2021.
Console/PC

Assassin's Creed Valhalla game director departs Ubisoft for EA Motive  
by Alissa McAloon [06.25.21]
Eric Baptizat, notably the game director for Ubisoft's latest Assassin's Creed, has joined up with EA Motive in the same role on an unannounced title.
Console/PC

VRChat scoops up $80 million in funding with help from Anthos Capital  
by Bryant Francis [06.25.21]
The makers of VRChat have picked up $80 million in funding in a round of Series D investments led by Anthos Capital.
VR, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: What the Shadowrun Returns devs got right on Kickstarter 13
by Staff [06.25.21]
Take a look back at how Harebrained Schemes nailed its Kickstarter for Shadowrun Returns in the early days of the funding platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing