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Vault: The living world of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt  
by Staff [12.12.18]
In this GDC 2016 session, CD Projekt Red's Matthew Steinke explains how he developed a role-playing experience that would provide players with gameplay spanning the vast open world of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2M units worldwide  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.18]
Quantic Dream announced earlier today that Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2 million copies worldwide since launching back in May. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Colorado-based Jade Ember Studios is hiring a Level Designer  
by Staff [12.12.18]
Jade Ember Studios is looking for a Level Designer with 1-3 years of professional experience to join the team in creating an original action/adventure 3D title in the metroidvania genre for PC and consoles.
Design, Recruitment

First-party Switch games are setting new attach rate records for Nintendo 3
by Alissa McAloon [12.12.18]
Nintendo says that the Switch is performing at historic levels for the company, and the attach rates for many of the company’s first-party titles are one such example of that.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Best of 2018: A Classic Tools Retrospective on the first version of the Unreal Editor 10
by David Lightbown [12.12.18]
Epic founder Tim Sweeney talks to David Lightbown about UnrealEd, one of the most popular level editors in the game industry, used to build levels for Unreal, Deus Ex, Gears of War, BioShock and more.
Console/PC, Programming

Black Desert Online dev Pearl Abyss to open California office to handle Western affairs  
by Alissa McAloon [12.12.18]
Pearl Abyss, parent company of EVE Online dev CCP Games, has set up its first North American office.
Social/Online

Blog: Resources for game music composers - The big list  
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.18]
Composer Winifred Phillips has gathered together some of the top online resources and guidance available for newbies in the field of video game music. Take a look.
Audio, Production

Play these 20 unique games at GDC 2019's alt.ctrl.GDC showcase!  
by Staff [12.12.18]
One of these alternative controller games will win the alt.ctrl.GDC Award -- which includes a $3k prize plus a special trophy handmade by game maker Robin Baumgarten -- at the IGF ceremony during GDC!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, alt ctrl gdc

Epic Store to launch cross-platform games services suite  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.18]
Epic is rolling out many new features for the Epic Games Store beginning in 2019, starting with the launch of a cross-platform games service free for all developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get game design tips and tricks from Dead Cells' co-creator at GDC 2019  
by Staff [12.12.18]
Motion Twin's Sebastien Benard will be at GDC to deliver a neat Design track talk about the little things (from controls to particles) that turned out to make Dead Cells a significantly better game. 
Indie, Design, GDC

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate breaks the series' launch sales record in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.18]
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 1.23 million copies in Japan during its launch weekend, according to the latest sales figures from Famitsu.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: An IKEA guide to Steam product pages that simply work 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.18]
The role of your game's store page varies depending on the stage of your marketing campaign you are in at the moment. Whatever role it plays, it proves to be a handy tool in your marketing toolbox.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

ZeniMax Media agrees to settle lawsuit against Facebook VR  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.18]
It marks the end of a legal battle that's been raging for over four years, with ZeniMax initially suing the Oculus all the way back in May 2014. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Blog: How should you define XP thresholds? 4
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.18]
An increasing number of games include progression trees in their core gameplay experience, but how should you compute the values associated with each threshold?
Design

Analysts claim China's new ethics committee could spark game licensing restart  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.18]
China's decision to create an "ethics assessment committee" to vet online titles for release could suggest regulators are preparing to resume game licensing in the near future.
Production, Business/Marketing

Catching up with indie studio Tomorrow Corporation
by John Harris [12.12.18]
The members of Little Inferno and Human Resources Machine dev Tomorrow Corporation helped define the indie movement of the mid-2000s. We pick their brains and see what they're up to today.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Video: Reaching new audiences with Cosmic Top Secret 1
by Staff [12.11.18]
In this GDC talk, the developers behind Cosmic Top Secret share concrete suggestions about reaching new kinds of audiences based on their experience combining film and games.
Indie, Design, Video

Get a job: Avakin Life dev Lockwood Publishing is hiring a Backend Engineer  
by Staff [12.11.18]
Nottingham-based Lockwood Publishing is looking for a backend coder with experience in golang, python or java to help develop the backend of Avakin Life.
Programming, Recruitment

Mobile app demo platform AppOnboard raises extra $15M in funding  
by Emma Kidwell [12.11.18]
AppOnboard, a mobile app demo and analytics platform for developers, announced that it has raised $15M in a new round of funding led by Breakaway Growth, for a total of $30M raised this year.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Watch Greg Kasavin discuss the development of Supergiant Games' Hades 1
by Bryant Francis [12.11.18]
Supergiant Games creative director Greg Kasavin sits down with the GDC team to discuss the design and process that drive the making of Hades, the company's new Early Access title.
Console/PC, Design, Video