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Don't Miss: Paradox Development Studio's postmortem of Stellaris 4
by Staff [05.13.20]
Game director Henrik Fåhraeus and project lead Rikard Åslund take us through the making of Paradox Development Studio's epic 4X space strategy game Stellaris.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Understanding different specialties & approaches in game production  
by Staf [05.13.20]
In this 2017 GDC talk veteran prodcer Caryl Shaw reviews different producer-adjacent roles that exist today, deconstructs different approaches to game production, and offers practical production tips.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Digital revenue and packaged game sales driving growth at Sega Sammy  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.20]
Digital games are helping to drive growth at Sega Sammy, which saw both sales and profits increase during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic reveals next-gen Unreal Engine 5 tech running on PlayStation 5 2
by Alex Wawro [05.13.20]
Epic's Tim Sweeney and others chat about today's reveal of UE5 running on PS5, a new free Online Services SDK, and a new exemption from Unreal Engine royalties until a game passes $1M gross revenue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

PS4 sales down at Sony, but network services revenue gets 'significant' boost  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.20]
Both sales and operating income are down in Sony's video game division due to a drop off in PlayStation 4 hardware and software sales.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Starbreeze cuts losses by $7.2 million, calls Payday 3 publishing talks 'positive'  
by Chris Kerr [05.12.20]
Net sales are down at Payday 2 developer Starbreeze, although profits have risen significantly despite the company still recording a loss.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Grand strategy title Stellaris has sold over 3 million copies in four years  
by Chris Kerr [05.12.20]
Paradox Interactive's sweeping sci-fi strategy title Stellaris has sold over 3 million copies in four years.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Gaining fans for your game? A marathon, not a sprint 2
by Simon Carless [05.12.20]
There is no silver bullet in having people find your game. If you’re relying on one thing to change your fortunes radically - you’re using the wrong strategy to develop & market your game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Balancing visuals and performance while art directing Forza  
by Staff [05.11.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk, Turn 10's Matt Collins discusses the process of creating art assets for the Forza games, which need to run at 60 FPS while players zoom along at 100 miles per hour. 
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Here's the surprisingly sweet origin story behind New Horizons' sea bass gag 1
by Chris Kerr [05.11.20]
Anyone who's played Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be familiar with that Sea Bass gag, but they might not know the surprisingly sweet origin story behind the diabolical dad joke.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Q&A: Re-imagining 1998's Half-Life for a 2020 audience in Black Mesa  
by John Harris [05.11.20]
We speak with Crowbar Collective's Chris Horn, lead designer on Half-Life remake Black Mesa about the long history of the project and how Valve let the project live instead of shutting it down.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Rogue Games nets $2 million to expand publishing business  
by Chris Kerr [05.11.20]
Sociable Soccer and Super Impossible Road publisher Rogue Games has raised $2 million in funding to expand its business.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Donkey Kong Snowrunning Team  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.09.20]
The latest roundup of interesting games, articles & videos from the last week includes new titles like Snowrunner & old beefs like the Donkey Kong high score lawsuit.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Chris Crawford wants game devs to do long-term planning 12
by Staff [05.08.20]
Developer Chris Crawford bemoans the industry's short-sighted outlook, and suggests it might be better to plant oaks than short-lived weeds.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Building the AI of F.E.A.R. with goal oriented action planning 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.08.20]
First Encounter Assault Recon proved a breakthrough moment for game AI. So let's revisit what made it so special and explore how it works in detail.
Programming, Production

Q&A: How Jackbox CEO Mike Bilder is grappling with quarantine-driven success 2
by Bryant Francis [05.07.20]
As stay-at-home orders accelerated, so did the success of Chicago developer Jackbox Games. CEO Mike Bilder breaks down what it's been like now that interest in Jackbox is at an all-time high.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How NetEase applied reinforcement learning to build game AI  
by Staff [05.06.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk NetEase's Renjie Li discusses the application of reinforcement learning in NetEase games, including problems encountered and how the solutions impacted the final product.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Finnish studio Dazzle Rocks nets $6.8 million to build social sandbox MMO  
by Chris Kerr [05.06.20]
Finnish mobile studio Dazzle Rocks has secured $6.8 million in Series A funding to boost development on its unnamed social sandbox MMO.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

The latest Unreal Engine update adds initial support for next-gen consoles  
by Chris Kerr [05.06.20]
Epic has updated Unreal Engine to add support for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A classic postmortem of BioWare's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
by Staff [05.04.20]
Creating a new type of combat system inside a 60-hour RPG was a daunting task. Yet that's exactly what BioWare did with its classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, released 14 years ago today.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production