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Top 8 Mobile Game Development Trends To Watch Out In 2023

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Mobile gaming is evolving like never before. The new trends, innovations, and […] The post Top 8 Mobile Game Development Trends To Watch Out In 2023 appeared first on Artoon Solutions.

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Sony’s PlayStation Portal is little more than a retention play for PlayStation 5

Game Developer

Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation Portal, a handheld gaming device that streams games from a PS5, has been fully revealed at Gamescom. While PlayStation Portal is intended to engage and retain the most valuable PS5 owners as Nintendo readies next-generation hardware, many questions remain over its appeal to consumers.

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Solo dev Chris Arvanitis: “Total control can be a double edged sword”

PreMortem.Games

Operating under the name of Xenoplasis Games , solo developer Christos Arvanitis is about to release his debut game Ontosis. It’s his first endeavor working completely alone after a failed attempt at developing a horror game with 2 others back in 2015. “A friend told me to give it a go again last year, so I started working on a prototype.” The result, Ontosis, is an atmospheric psychological horror game with emphasis on exploration, story and mystery.

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Leveraging the Power of ChatGPT for QA in Mobile Testing

Rocket Brush Studio

Mobile testing can be done efficiently with ChatGPT's AI capabilities and human oversight. This approach improves testing coverage and quality while ensuring data privacy and identifying potential issues for a seamless user experience.

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Starfield is the "starting gun" for first-party Xbox games

GamesIndustry.biz

The launch of Starfield is the start of a "multi-year relay race of first-party titles," Xbox has told GamesIndustry.biz. Speaking at Gamescom, where the company has been showcasing the sci-fi RPG extensively, Xbox chief marketing officer Jerret West said the Bethesda game marks the start of a prolonged period of regular new Xbox exclusives. "This is, in my mind, the doorway, almost like a starting gun, to what I think is going to be a multi-year relay race of first-party titles," West told us.

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Sony's PlayStation Portal handheld will release later this year for $200

Game Developer

Sony's new PlayStation Portal isn't really a wholly new handheld so much as it is a way to continue playing PlayStation 5 games via wireless remote streaming.

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Form an insider perspective, what forms of monetization, if any, tend to be harmful for the games health, in terms of player numbers and/or amount of money spent by the players on the game?

Ask a Game Dev

In my experience, the most damaging form of monetization to a game and studio's health is actually undercharging. I've said many times before that the goal with monetization of any kind is a positive value proposition to the player - the player spending the money needs to feel like they are getting more value out of the product they purchase than the money they spent to obtain it.

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New Microsoft-Activision deal under UK investigation as cloud gaming rights sold to Ubisoft

GamesIndustry.biz

At a glance Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard has been restructured and is once again under investigation – and Ubisoft is now embroiled in the biggest deal in industry history. Both Microsoft and the Competition and Markets Authority – the UK regulator that blocked the deal earlier this year – announced this morning that a new deal has been submitted for the latter's consideration.

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Broken Sword designer says AI was necessary for remake to exist

Game Developer

Controversial as AI use in video games is, creator Charles Cecil says it was the only way to help make Broken Sword's remake feel like the original 1996 PC game.

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A Void Hope by Elden Pixels lacks violence and destruction “We’re proud of that”

PreMortem.Games

In 2016 Mikael Forslind got together with some friends and decided to create their own video game. One year later Alwa’s Awakening was released. What began as a casual endeavor gradually evolved into a fully-fledged studio as the game’s success solidified their path. Now, with the new game A Void Hope coming up on almost 3 years of development, Forslind finds himself juggling his roles as both CEO and Game Designer of his company called Elden Pixels.

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Telltale has acquired Flavourworks

Game Development News

Telltale has announced they have acquired the London-based game developer and video technology company Flavourworks for an undisclosed amount - MCV/DEVELOP

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Google Play bans Luck Be a Landlord in 13 countries

GamesIndustry.biz

Google has banned Luck Be a Landlord from its app store in 13 countries, according to the game's developer. In a blog post , TrampolineTales developer Dan DiIorio shared that Google Play Support told him games that "simulate gambling, or games of chance or skill that are conducive to gambling are prohibited" in a selection of locales. The roguelike deckbuilding game sees players use a slot machine to "earn rent money and defeat capitalism," per the game's description.

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Phil Spencer thinks it's "important" the Xbox Series S exists

Game Developer

The existence of the Xbox Series S, according to Phil Spencer, allows for additional onboarding to the current console generation and fills a mid-gen niche.

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Apartment 1406: Horror

Indie DB

Apartment 1406 is a horror game that will provide you with an amazing experience in a dark world of horror. The game features psychological elements, such as changing environments and two alternative worlds, which make the game very interesting and mysterious.

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Jingle Jam has announced its charity partners for 2023

Game Development News

Jingle Jam has announced the charity partnerships for its 2023 fundraising event, which is set to take place over two weeks in December - MCV/DEVELOP

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Charles Martinet stepping down as the voice of Mario

GamesIndustry.biz

Mario has lost his voice, as Nintendo of America announces that Charles Martinet will no longer record character voices for its games. In a post on social media , the platform holder said Martinet is moving into the newly-created role of Mario Ambassador. "With this transition, he will be stepping back from recording character voices for our games, but he'll continue to travel the world sharing the joy of Mario and interacting with you all," the company wrote.

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Broken Sword designer Charles Cecil says criticism of bespoke AI tool is "frankly ludicrous"

Game Developer

"I am going to defend to the heavens the fact that AI is able to do most of this work, and then a human gets involved and brings in their creativity.

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Welcome to the Makh-Abyss world

Indie DB

I think now is a good time to introduce you to our game in detail. This includes how it was conceived, its prerequisites and inspirations, as well as its lore and inhabitants.

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Generate Groundbreaking Ray-Traced Images with Next-Generation NVIDIA DLSS

Nvidia

Since 2018, NVIDIA DLSS has leveraged AI to enable gamers and creators to increase performance and crank up their quality. Over time, this solution has evolved. Since 2018, NVIDIA DLSS has leveraged AI to enable gamers and creators to increase performance and crank up their quality. Over time, this solution has evolved to include groundbreaking advancements in super resolution and frame generation.

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Atari reveals Atari 2600+ console

GamesIndustry.biz

Atari has taken the wraps off the Atari 2600+, a modern reinvention of its most popular home console. Set to ship in November, the Atari 2600+ plays original Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 cartridges. It also comes with a 10-Games-in-1 cartridge featuring some of the system's staples, such as Combat, Adventure, Missile Command, and Yar's Revenge. The Atari 2600+'s video output has also been updated, with widescreen support and an HDMI cable.

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Sony patents local co-op multiplayer for in-person live events

Game Developer

Large-scale local multiplayer may not entirely happen, but the patent highlights Sony's interest in future experiences for the game industry.

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Hometopia Early Access Next Month

Indie DB

Get ready, design enthusiasts! "Hometopia," a new and innovative video game that captures the essence of creativity in home building and interior design, is set to launch in Early Access on Steam on September 27, 2023. Whether you're interested in relaxing.

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How creators launch and scale multiplayer games with Unity

Unity Blog

See how teams at Innersloth, Respawn Entertainment, and more scaled their games with Unity Game Server Hosting to save time and money.

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The potential audience for PlayStation Portal is huge | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Years ago, when discussing the surprise popularity of Nintendo Switch (it was a surprise once), Team17 CEO Debbie Bestwick called it 'a lifestyle device'. I loved that term, because it epitomised what made the Switch so appealing to such a wide group of players. It is a games machine designed to fit around you, rather than a destination device you had to make time for.

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Bandai Namco considers Elden Ring a possible gateway to Armored Core 6

Game Developer

The Japanese publisher hopes Elden Ring's year-long momentum drives audiences towards Armored Core 6 and makes that game a hit in its own right.

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The Callous Waterbuck Wall

Indie DB

We're excited to let you know that a brand-new game update is now live, directly inspired by your input! We've been closely listening to your feedback and suggestions on multiple platforms since the game's launch. Your insights have helped us understand.

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Unity 2023.3 coming April 2024 with updates for graphics and performance

Unity Blog

Find out how Unity is changing its engine development methodologies to provide you with the most stable builds.

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European market report: Growing revenues, growing workforce and older gamers

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Video Games Europe, the continent's largest trade body, has released an extensive report offering insight into the full size and impact of the games industry in the region. This is the fourth Key Facts report published by the organisation – formerly the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE) – and draws on data from Ipsos Mori, GSD, GameTrack and the EGDF-VGE insights report.

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Epic Games introduces revenue boost system for third-party developers

Game Developer

Earning all of a product's net revenue over a half-year exclusive window further helps Epic present itself as a friendlier and more interesting alternative to other PC game stores.

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Unbuild goes VR !

Indie DB

I brought Unbuild to the Meta Quest 2! And actually, that even makes a little bit of sense! I've been playing entertaining Unbuild for a long time with this block on my nose.

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Understanding Mobile Application Security Vulnerabilities

Rocket Brush Studio

Businesses rely on mobile apps more than ever. In this edition of the expert series, we will discuss the common mobile application vulnerabilities along with their resolutions.

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Report: Console gaming more popular among Japanese youth than mobile

GamesIndustry.biz

A new report by Niko Partners has revealed that consoles are the most popular platform for young gamers in Japan. The market research firm's annual Japan Youth Gamers report surveyed more than 300 parents of gamers aged six to 18 and over 90 gamers between the ages of 16 and 18. Console is the most popular format among Japanese gamers, used by 72.3% of the group, followed by mobile gaming at 63.5%.

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Microsoft transfers Activision Blizzard streaming rights to Ubisoft to appease UK regulators

Game Developer

The Xbox maker hopes to address the Competition and Markets Authority's concerns and close its acquisition of Activision Blizzard in the UK.

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Voidside is Out Now!

Indie DB

Voidside is out now! I've been working on this game for over a year and I hope that you'll enjoy it!

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