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Dauntless dev Phoenix Labs opens two new studios to support growth  
by Chris Kerr [12.02.20]
Dauntless developer Phoenix Labs has established two new studios in Montreal and Los Angeles to help facilitate growth.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Fortnite's Season 4 finale attracted a record 15.3 million concurrent players  
by Chris Kerr [12.02.20]
Fortnite's latest season ending event pulled in a record 15.3 million concurrent players, according to developer Epic.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Implementing the Intel View in Mafia III  
by Gamasutra Community [12.02.20]
In the game Mafia III, the player has an ability called Intel View. It highlights characters and objects in the scene, thus making it easier to see them. Here we will describe how it was implemented.
Console/PC, Programming

'Interactive reality TV' project Rival Peak launches on Facebook  
by Bryant Francis [12.01.20]
Pipeworks Software and Genvid Technologies are debuting a new Facebook Instant Game that looks to capture on the chaos of procedurally generated narrative in a reality TV format.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Best of 2020: Rebuilding a classic in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition  
by Staff [12.01.20]
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition developer Bert Beeckman talks about the process of updating the original game and adding new content inspired by new civilizations.
Console/PC, Art, Design

EG7 pens deal to acquire EverQuest and H1Z1 dev Daybreak for $300 million  
by Alissa McAloon [12.01.20]
Daybreak Games Company is set to become a EG7 subsidiary, following yesterday's news that EG7 has also acquired MechWarrior dev Piranha Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Supercell shutting down Hay Day Pop after less than a year  
by Chris Kerr [12.01.20]
Supercell is ending development on its match puzzler Hay Day Pop less than a year after it launched.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The PlayStation 5's 'Activities' quick-select is Sony's answer to common single player woes  
by Alissa McAloon [11.30.20]
According to top secret pitch documents obtained by the folks at Vice Games, PlayStation built PS5 features like 'Activities' to address common concerns with single player experiences.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: Using procedural destruction to unleash chaos in Control  
by Staff [11.30.20]
Explaining how Control's procedural destruction system was developed during a GDC Summer talk, Remedy's principle VFX artist Johannes Richter said the process began with understanding 'granularity.'
Console/PC, Art

Video: A look at Insomniac Games' cache simulator  
by Staff [11.30.20]
Insomniac Games' Andreas Fredriksson presents Insomniac Games' Cache Simulator, an in-house tool developed to gain additional insights into cache performance and utilization of arbitrary CPU code.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

IGF 2021 Update: Submissions will open next week  
by Staff [11.30.20]
Submissions for the 23rd annual Independent Games Festival will begin on December 7th.
Console/PC, Design, GDC, IGF

Sega unveils never-before-seen prototype 'Venus' handheld 1
by Chris Kerr [11.30.20]
Sega has pulled back the curtain on a prototype handheld called the Venus that served as the precursor to the Genesis Nomad.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

The one key Steam stat that you're not checking... 4
by Gamasutra Staff [11.29.20]
When you’re understanding the potential success of your game before release - what’s the one Steam stat that more people should be paying attention to, but aren’t?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Saudi Arabian charity Misk acquires 33.3% stake in SNK 2
by Chris Kerr [11.27.20]
The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, has purchased a 33.3 percent stake in Japanese game company SNK through his charity 'Misk.'
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Fall Guys developer Mediatonic opens new UK studio  
by Chris Kerr [11.27.20]
The office will be led by company vice president of art, Phil Warner, and will be hiring staff across a "wide range of disciplines."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Tinybuild sinks $3 million into Secret Neighbor developer Hologryph  
by Chris Kerr [11.27.20]
American publisher Tinybuild has invested $3 million into Secret Neighbor developer Hologryph.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Marvel's Avengers fails to meet Square Enix sales targets  
by Chris Kerr [11.26.20]
Square Enix has explained that sales of Marvel's Avengers were lower than expected, and that the advertising push for the title also proved costly.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Remnant: From the Ashes tops 1.7 million base game sales in just over a year  
by Chris Kerr [11.26.20]
The Remnant: From the Ashes base game has sold more than 1.7 million units worldwide in little over a year. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

MechWarrior developer Piranha Games acquired by EG7 for $24.2 million  
by Chris Kerr [11.26.20]
MechWarrior developer Piranha Games has been acquired by Enad Global 7 (EG7) for an initial SEK 207 million ($24.2 million).
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Hand-painting the watercolor world of Dordogne  
by Chris Kerr [11.26.20]
"You have to try to keep things simple. If you tried to mock up a watercolor shader, usually it looks fake because most of the watercolor shaders are animated."
Console/PC, Art, Design, Video