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Controversial Hololens military deal moves into production phase at $22B 1
by Kris Graft [04.01.21]
Once demoed as augmented reality hardware for use with video games like Minecraft, Microsoft is moving forward with a $22 billion Hololens deal with the U.S. Army that will put the militarized version of the headset into production.
VR, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is teasing what could be a pair of AR glasses  
by Chris Kerr [03.30.21]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic is working on new hardware that "leverages" its platform, according to a teaser image shared by company CEO John Hanke. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Rec Room raises $100 million in funding at $1.25 billion valuation  
by Chris Kerr [03.24.21]
The investment values the free-to-play social experience at $1.25 billion and will be used to continue expanding the game beyond its VR roots.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo and Niantic creating new AR apps including unnamed Pikmin project  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.21]
Nintendo has partnered with Pokemon Go developer Niantic to create a range of new augmented reality titles for mobile.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Sony unveils next-generation VR controller for PlayStation 5  
by Chris Kerr [03.18.21]
Sony has revealed the new controller that will come with its recently teased 'next-generation VR system' for the PlayStation 5.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

NetEase is shutting down its open-world VR survival title Nostos  
by Chris Kerr [03.17.21]
NetEase is closing down its PC and VR cross-platform multiplayer survival title, Nostos, after two years.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

HTC launches Vive Facial Tracker and third-generation Vive Tracker 1
by Chris Kerr [03.10.21]
HTC has launched an upgraded Vive Tracker and brand new Vive Facial Tracker to expand its range of VR tech.
VR, Console/PC, Programming, Design

Cyberpunk 2077, expectation management & your game 1
by Gamasutra Staff [03.08.21]
For Cyberpunk 2077, obviously there was a major gulf between expectations and reality. But whose expectations? We look at how devs should manage pre-release hype for their game carefully.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't forget to take the GDC 2021 State of the Industry Survey  
by Staff [03.05.21]
Game Developers Conference has extended the deadline to take part in the GDC21 State of the Industry Survey.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

The Last of Us Part II breaks record for most BAFTA Games Award nominations  
by Chris Kerr [03.02.21]
Naughty Dog's acclaimed sequel is up for 13 awards at the 2021 British Academy Games Awards, beating the previous record of 11 nominations.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Blog: How developers are dealing with toxic behaviour in social VR  
by Gamasutra Community [02.16.21]
Managing new behaviors emerging from the freedom that VR brings has many challenges for developers. I tried to find out more about these behaviors in my survey.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Go behind the scenes of The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners at GDC Showcase  
by Staff [02.16.21]
Check out a postmortem of The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners at GDC Showcase next month!
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Call for data: your Steam wishlist to follower ratio!  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.11.21]
Followers are a useful metric for Steam interest! And nowadays, we think many unreleased Steam games fall in the 6 to 10 wishlists per follower range. But... we don’t know. So let’s find out!
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Vertigo Games acquires location-based VR arcade platform SpringboardVR  
by Chris Kerr [02.04.21]
Arizona Sunshine developer Vertigo Games has acquired location-based VR arcade platform SpringboardVR for an undisclosed fee.
VR, Business/Marketing

What Stadia's pivot tells us about the future of cloud gaming  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.03.21]
Google Stadia has giving up on its plan to build out robust first-party dev studios for its cloud gaming platform. What gives, and what's next for cloud gaming? Here's some thoughts...
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

The Last of Us Part II leads the 2021 DICE Awards nominations  
by Chris Kerr [01.27.21]
The nominations for the 24th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards have been announced by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and The Last of Us Part II is leading the charge. 
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Google takes Tilt Brush open source as official development comes to an end  
by Alissa McAloon [01.26.21]
Google is ending official support and development for its VR painting tool Tilt Brush, a decision that comes roughly five years since the app first launched back in early 2016.
VR, Console/PC

Sponsored: The State of Game Development Report: 2020 & Beyond  
by Perforce [01.19.21]
The game development industry continues to rapidly evolve. But where is it headed in the 2020s?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper

Using VR brushstrokes as an expressive art production tool in Sunlight  
by Chris Kerr [01.19.21]
"I think there’s something very valuable in just shaking up the process to the point where you can’t be concerned about individual vertices or edges, but rather form and shape."
VR, Art, Design, Video

Oculus Quest 2 players make up nearly half of Rec Room's 1 million VR-using MAUs  
by Alissa McAloon [01.12.21]
The developers behind the social space and game creation platform Rec Room now say that the game sees around 1 million monthly active users on VR platforms alone.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online