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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.

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.

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.

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.

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