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The Playdate is a new crank-clad handheld from Firewatch publisher Panic 1
by Chris Kerr [05.23.19]
Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game publisher Panic has unveiled an experimental portable games console called Playdate. 
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Windows 10 now offers a game-focused Xbox Game Bar overlay  
by Alissa McAloon [05.22.19]
An update to Windows 10 has introduced the Xbox Game Bar, a quick access overlay that lets Windows users access music, capture tools, and Xbox Live friends while playing almost any game.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Get a job: CCP's EVE Online team is hiring a Production Director  
by Alissa McAloon [05.22.19]
CCP Reykjavik are looking for a world-class Production Director to lead production efforts on EVE Online.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Recruitment

Metro Exodus made back its dev and marketing costs in under 2 months 3
by Alissa McAloon [05.22.19]
4A Games' Metro Exodus managed to earn enough to cover both its development and marketing costs by the end of THQ Nordic's Q5.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GOG Galaxy 2.0 aims to bridge the platform gap in game communities  
by Alissa McAloon [05.22.19]
The soon-to-be-in-beta client overhaul turns GOG Galaxy into a hub for games and communities spread across multiple launchers and platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: A retrospective on the Ouya 8
by Alissa McAloon [05.22.19]
A personal story, and a retrospective on why the OUYA failed and what can be learned from it.
Console/PC

The Ouya's game store will close for good in June 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.22.19]
Razer is ending support the game stores for Ouya, Forge TV, and MadCatz Mojo on June 25.
Console/PC

Sega to resume sales of Judgment in Japan following drugs scandal  
by Chris Kerr [05.22.19]
Sega intends to resume sales of Judgment in Japan on July 18, over four months after it was pulled from shelves due to a drug scandal involving voice actor Pierre Taki.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

World War Z has sold almost 2 million copies in one month  
by Chris Kerr [05.22.19]
Saber Interactive's co-op zombie shooter World War Z has sold almost 2 million copies in its first month, according to publisher Focus Home Interactive.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

THQ Nordic acquires Gothic and Risen developer Piranha Bytes 1
by Chris Kerr [05.22.19]
The deal includes the development studio and all intellectual property rights, which means Gothic, Risen, and new franchise ELEX will now fall under the THQ umbrella. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Dauntless launches on consoles with full, day-one crossplay  
by Alissa McAloon [05.21.19]
Phoenix Labs’ free-to-play game Dauntless has launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a launch that includes cross-platform play and progression across both consoles and PC.
Console/PC, Social/Online

God of War has sold 10 million copies  
by Alissa McAloon [05.21.19]
Sony Santa Monica's God of War has sold over 10 million copies in a little over a year’s time.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: Designing clever single player 'co-op' play in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons 12
by Staff [05.21.19]
The film director turned game director behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has some rather different and exciting ideas about how games should be made.
Console/PC

Valve wasn't 'really sure what to do' following Assassin's Creed Unity review surge 5
by Alissa McAloon [05.21.19]
A post from Valve addresses some of the complexities surrounding 'review bombs' and its previous rulings about the practice in the wake of a wave of positive Assassin's Creed Unity reviews.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Backwards compatibility and streaming key to Sony's next-gen strategy 4
by Chris Kerr [05.21.19]
Sony has detailed its next-gen platform strategy, and it looks like backwards compatibility and cloud streaming tech will be integral to the company's plans.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony hardware demo showcases speedy next-gen load times and rendering  
by Chris Kerr [05.21.19]
An official video showcasing the performance of Sony's next-gen console compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro has been posted online.
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Some publishers pay streamers as much as $50k an hour to play new games 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.20.19]
Companies like Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Take-Two, and Ubisoft are willing to pay a $50,000 hourly rate for streamers to play up their new releases, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

2K cuts off Borderlands 3 pre-orders on PC during Epic Mega Sale 8
by Alissa McAloon [05.20.19]
Publisher 2K has suddenly ended pre-orders for the PC version Gearbox’s upcoming game (and Epic Games Store exclusive) Borderlands 3.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Get a job: Ghost of Tsushima dev Sucker Punch is hiring a QA Manager  
by Staff [05.20.19]
Sucker Punch is looking for an experienced manager for its QA team to be responsible for the entire Quality Assurance process, from the strategic planning to final verification.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Xbox head commits to building a safe and inclusive game community 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.20.19]
Xbox head Phil Spencer discusses his 'two fundamental truths' for video games and explores how Microsoft aims to promote inclusion and safety in its communities.
Console/PC, Social/Online