Gaming

Blog: Applying level flow in games like Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us

Gamasutra - January 11, 2019 4545

The past few months I have been doing research in the level flow and environment design in games like, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us. This blog will discuss my findings. ...


Blizzard and NetEase extend China publishing deal until 2023

Gamasutra - January 11, 2019 4542

The pair have been working together to publish Blizzard titles in the region for the past 11 years, and have now extended their publishing agreement until January 2023.  ...


Video: Creating the characters and world of Mafia III

Gamasutra - January 10, 2019 4508

In this GDC 2017 talk, Hangar 13's William Harms discusses how the team used real history to inform Mafia III's characters and overarching narrative ...


Bungie takes Destiny 2 publishing rights back from Activision

Gamasutra - January 10, 2019 4503

Activision and Bungie are splitting after eight years of partnership, with the Destiny franchise being transferred to developer Bungie, which will assume full publishing rights.  ...


Report: GameStop ownership to change hands as early as mid-February

Gamasutra - January 10, 2019 4502

Two companies are quietly in the process of bidding for the physical game retailer GameStop and the business could go up for sale as early as mid-February, according to a source familiar with the company. ...


Report: Amazon is developing its own game streaming service

Gamasutra - January 10, 2019 4501

Amazon is reportedly developing its own cloud-based streaming service that would allow players to download and play games by streaming them through the Internet.  ...


GDC is the place to be if you want to sharpen your VR game dev skills!

Gamasutra - January 10, 2019 4496

If you want to level up your skills and make better, more successful virtual reality experiences, this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco is where you want to be! ...


God of War nominated for 12 awards at 2019 DICE Awards

Gamasutra - January 10, 2019 4495

Winners in each category are set to be announced at the DICE Awards show on February 13, while AIAS members will start the voting process to determine this year†™s winners on January 11. ...


Blizzard states importance of 'inclusive' workplace after discrimination allegations

Gamasutra - January 10, 2019 4493

Overwatch developer Blizzard has reiterated the importance of maintaining an "inclusive and respectful work environment" after a former employee made some concerning allegations against the studio. ...


THQ Nordic has acquired the rights to Outcast

Gamasutra - January 10, 2019 4490

The action-action-adventure title was originally developed by Belgian studio Appeal, and was first released on PC back in 1999.  ...


Enduring and recovering from the long development of At the Gates

Gamasutra - January 09, 2019 4447

"And while we often hear about stories of burnout, rarely are those made truly real for us. It†™s always something at a distance, something impersonal," shares John Shafer in a deeply personal blog. ...


No Man's Sky, Dreams, and a game dev†™s journey come to new GDC Main Stage!

Gamasutra - January 09, 2019 4437

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference this year introduce the GDC Main Stage, a first-of-its-kind marquee presentation on the opening day of GDC†™s Main Conference! ...


The Sims is integrating with Amazon Alexa devices

Gamasutra - January 08, 2019 4395

The Sims development team announced earlier today that The Sims will be integrated into Amazon Alexa devices, and is scheduled to launch next week.  ...


Robot Entertainment closing servers for Orcs Must Die! Unchained and Hero Academy games

Gamasutra - January 08, 2019 4392

Robot Entertainment is all at once closing down three games, saying that it's no longer sustainable to continue to keep them online and playable. ...


Splash Damage is cutting monetization from its free-to-play game Dirty Bomb

Gamasutra - January 08, 2019 4390

Dirty Bomb is going free-to-play, in the most literal interpretation of the term. Following an update next week, all monetization will be patched out of the game. ...


Blog: What I learned designing Sausage Sports Club

Gamasutra - January 08, 2019 4377

Here are some of the lessons I learned while designing Sausage Sports Club, including a few deep dives into specific features. ...


God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man among Writers Guild award nominees

Gamasutra - January 07, 2019 4337

The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for its annual video game writing award, with the winners to be announced February 17th. ...


Don't Miss: Design lessons learned from a decade at Nintendo's EAD

Gamasutra - January 07, 2019 4336

Motoi Okamoto was a member of Shigeru Miyamoto's Entertainment Analysis and Development department for a decade. He recounts the making of many of Nintendo's best-loved (and biggest-selling) titles. ...


Nintendo could move away from home consoles, says company president

Gamasutra - January 07, 2019 4320

"In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles -- flexibility is just as important as ingenuity." ...


Nintendo open to moving away from home consoles, says company president

Gamasutra - January 07, 2019 4320

"In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles -- flexibility is just as important as ingenuity." ...


Breaking down the metagame design in a mobile RPG

Gamasutra - January 07, 2019 4309

The senior economy designer and senior director of envelope design at King go in-depth on the metagame design of their cancelled mobile RPG, Hero. ...


Red Dead Redemption 2 leads list of GDC 2019 Choice Awards nominees!

Gamasutra - January 04, 2019 4169

Other games receiving multiple nominations include Sony Santa Monica's God of War, Insomniac's Marvel's Spider-Man, and Lucas Pope's innovative puzzle whodunnit game Return of the Obra Dinn! ...


Japan has made reselling digital game keys illegal without creator's permission

Gamasutra - January 03, 2019 4116

As of December, a new Japanese legal amendment has made it illegal to resell digital game keys without explicit consent from software makers.   ...

2019 Independent Games Festival reveals this year's finalists!

Gamasutra - January 03, 2019 4107

From Return of the Obra Dinn to Speed Dating for Ghosts to Noita, IGF organizers are excited to announce the finalists for the 21st annual IGF Awards! ...


TickTock Studios acquired by Rebellion and rebranded as 'Rebellion North'

Gamasutra - January 03, 2019 4101

"We've worked with the team at TickTock Games for a while now, and we know they'll continue to prosper as Rebellion North." ...