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Don't Miss: How Monster Hunter: World's director breathed new life into the series 1
by Alan Bradley [01.15.20]
"The most appealing aspect of...new hardware was its memory & processing power," says game director Yuyu Tokuda. "Without this, the rich, living ecosystem we envisioned...would not have been possible."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

HTC permanently trims $200 off Vive Pro price tag  
by Alissa McAloon [01.15.20]
HTC has dropped the price of its Vive Pro headset from $799 to $599, marking the first price cut the high-end VR headset has seen since its 2018 debut.
VR

Attend GDC and learn how Outer Wilds nailed curiosity-driven game design  
by Staff [01.15.20]
In a GDC 2020 talk co-creative leads Alex Beachum and Loan Verneau will dig into the meta design of Outer Wilds, from early 2D prototypes to the final structure of the game's overarching mystery!
Indie, Design, GDC

Report: Valve Index headset sold out globally as Half-Life: Alyx nears launch  
by Chris Kerr [01.15.20]
Valve's own Index VR headset appears to have sold out globally following the unveiling of Half-Life: Alyx, the prophesied third entry in the acclaimed Half-Life series.
VR, Business/Marketing

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's PC release pushes it past 4 million shipped  
by Alissa McAloon [01.15.20]
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the sizable expansion for Capcom’s massively popular Monster Hunter revival, has officially shipped over 4 million copies since its September 2019 debut.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GameStop stock tumbles by 16 percent following poor holiday sales  
by Chris Kerr [01.15.20]
GameStop has seen its stock tumble by 16 percent after it notified investors of a 25.7 percent drop in holiday sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Kickstarter and games in 2019  
by Thomas Bidaux [01.15.20]
A year has passed and it is time again to look at how the Kickstarter landscape for games has evolved over the past 12 months.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Subnautica has surpassed 5 million sales worldwide 1
by Chris Kerr [01.15.20]
Aquatic survival title Subnautica has sold 5.3 million copies worldwide according to developer Unknown Worlds.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix is shutting down Mobius Final Fantasy after four years  
by Chris Kerr [01.15.20]
Square Enix is shutting down the global version of Mobius Final Fantasy four years after the episodic mobile RPG launched.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Kansas Game Invest rebrands as Amplifier after THQ Nordic acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [01.15.20]
Kansas Game Invest has rebranded as Amplifier Game Invest around six months after being acquired by THQ Nordic.
Business/Marketing

Blog: A conversational Touring Karts postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [01.15.20]
In this article, Ivanovich Games chief exec Ivan Cascales explains the key facts and circumstances that led to the creation of Touring Karts, and the challenges faced during production.
VR, Design, Production

Designing user interfaces for visually impaired players  
by Tom Gantzer [01.15.20]
A collection of thoughts, discoveries and considerations while designing user interfaces for visually impaired gamers.
Programming, Design

Call of Duty, Beat Saber, and Apex Legends led PlayStation downloads in 2019  
by Alissa McAloon [01.14.20]
PlayStation breaks down 2019's top digitally downloaded premium, PS VR, and free-to-play games as well as the most-downloaded expansions.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online

Get a job: Heart Machine is hiring an Associate Producer  
by Staff [01.14.20]
The Associate Producer supports and manages scheduling and the day-to-day production of the internal development team.
Production, Recruitment

Video: Developing asymmetrical multiplayer horror game Dead by Daylight  
by Staff [01.14.20]
In this 2018 GDC session Behaviour Interactive’s Dave Richard shares the story behind developing Dead by Daylight, a popular 2016 asymmetrical survival horror game about avoiding a terrifying killer.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

SIE product development VP Connie Booth to join AIAS Hall of Fame  
by Alissa McAloon [01.14.20]
Connie Booth, a longtime game developer and current VP of product development at Sony Interactive Entertainment, has been named the next inductee to the AIAS Hall of Fame.
Console/PC, Production

Parents, don't forget to register for childcare at GDC 2020!  
by Staff [01.14.20]
The KiddieCorp team charges an affordable hourly rate for their services and snacks and beverages will be provided, but meals do need to be supplied by parents each day!
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, GDC

Don't Miss: The aggressive resource management of Doom Eternal 3
by Kris Graft [01.14.20]
The upcoming Doom Eternal is including new designs meant to enhance the outstanding foundation laid down by Doom 2016. We talked to id Software's Hugo Martin and Marty Stratton.
Console/PC, Design

Xbox still plans to attend E3 2020  
by Alissa McAloon [01.14.20]
For a second year in a row, PlayStation 4 maker Sony has opted to skip E3, but the same won’t be true for Xbox.
Console/PC

Exclusives helped the Epic Games Store earn $680 million during 2019 1
by Chris Kerr [01.14.20]
The Epic Games Store has generated over $680 million in revenue during its first year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing