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Video Game Deep Cuts: That Superliminal Jedi Guy  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.16.19]
This week's roundup looks at games from Superliminal to Jedi: Fallen Order and Pokemon Sword & Shield, plus behind the scenes at the ESRB & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC and see how Borderlands 3 was optimized for 'bazillions' of guns  
by Staff [11.15.19]
The Gearbox team have always made a point of talking up just how many guns they cram into Borderlands, and at GDC 2020 in San Francisco you'll have a rare chance to see how they fit 'em all in!
Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

Tencent grabs 10 percent stake in UK game company Sumo Group  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.19]
Chinese company Tencent has purchased a 10 percent stake in Sumo Group, the owner of Crackdown 3  and LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital.  
Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Translating the humor & tone of Yakuza games for the West 2
by Staff [11.14.19]
"The humor of a Yakuza game is a fine line to walk," says localization producer Scott Strichart in this in-depth chat about localization, the Yakuza games, and the ins and outs of Japanese humor.
Console/PC, Production

Video: Inside Far Cry Primal's character pipeline and customization tech  
by Staff [11.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Ubisoft's Julien Lalleve and Kieran O'Sullivan describe how they moved from their 3DS Max-based pipeline to a cross-software character pipeline for Far Cry Primal..
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Oculus and Unity team up for free course on VR game development  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.19]
Oculus and Unity have teamed up to launch the 'Design, Develop, and Deploy for VR' program, aiming to give game developers the building blocks needed to start their first virtual reality projects.
VR, Programming, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The Binding of Isaac postmortem 26
by Staff [11.13.19]
In this classic feature, Edmund McMillen discusses how he added religion toZelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Steam search suggestions & premium positioning 2
by Gamasutra staff [11.13.19]
This time out, I thought it would be interesting to look - incredibly specifically - at Steam search suggestions. That is, the games that pop up when you start typing in things in Steam search.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Prey dev Human Head Studios closes, is immediately revived by Bethesda 3
by Chris Kerr [11.13.19]
Prey and Rune developer Human Head Studios has shut down, only to be almost immediately revived by Fallout and The Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda Softworks.
Production, Business/Marketing

Voodoo opens Canadian studio to expand beyond hypercasual market 1
by Chris Kerr [11.13.19]
French mobile game maker Voodoo has cut the ribbon on a new studio in Montreal, Canada, with a view to expanding beyond the hypercasual market.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Devs recount their near-catastrophic run-ins with the sunk cost fallacy 4
by Rich Moss [11.12.19]
"We can't just abandon that feature that isn't working! We've already sunk too much time and effort into it!" That natural human response can be the undoing of game studios, as these stories attest.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic Games acquires photogrammetry asset library and toolset maker Quixel 1
by Chris Kerr [11.12.19]
The Swedish company has a variety of products designed to help game and movie makers create photorealistic 3D content including Megascans, a massive library of 2D and 3D photogrammetry assets.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Erica dev Flavourworks nets $3.85 million to make more interactive games  
by Chris Kerr [11.11.19]
Erica developer Flavourworks has secured $3.85 million in Series A funding to "deepen" its cross-platform Touch Video technology and expand its project pipeline.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent wants to develop console games with help from Nintendo 2
by Chris Kerr [11.11.19]
Tencent is looking to expand outside of China by developing console games for players in the United States and Europe, and hopes recent partner Nintendo will give it a helping hand.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Disco Elysium Gives You A Pistol Whip  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.10.19]
This week's roundup includes pieces on Disco Elysium & Pistol Whip, as well as the science of addiction, Japanese arcades, cryptography in Mario Maker 2, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Supercell scraps upcoming title Rush Wars after failing to find the fun 1
by Chris Kerr [11.06.19]
Supercell has scrapped upcoming "build and battle" title Rush Wars after the beta was met with a  lukewarm reception. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Industry veterans form 'diverse and inclusive' studio Brass Lion Entertainment 2
by Chris Kerr [11.05.19]
A group of games industry veterans have joined forces to establish a new "diverse and inclusive entertainment studio" called Brass Lion Entertainment.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Kickstarter lessons learned from a 300 percent funded solo project 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.05.19]
I’m a solo developer from Germany and I ran a Kickstarter campaign for my game last year that ended up getting over 300 percent funded with a pledge total of over $100,000 USD.
Production, Business/Marketing

Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions to start making movies 1
by Chris Kerr [11.04.19]
Renowned cutscene-worshipper and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima will eventually try his hand at making movies. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Unity acquires 3D application streaming platform creator Obvioos  
by Chris Kerr [11.04.19]
Unity has acquired Obvioos, the creator of real-time 3D application streaming service Furioos, for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing