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Volition devs regroup as Shapeshifter Games after Embracer shuttering

Game Developer

"It's been five months since the closure of Volition, but I'm grateful to post that a group of us have re-formed as Shapeshifter Games.

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Solo dev Diego Ras of Raccoo Venture “Everything starts with paper and pencil”

PreMortem.Games

He worked 5 years on his nostalgic 3D platformer Raccoo Venture , but according to Brazilian solo developer Diego Ras the journey was ‘extremely rewarding’. He started his career in advertising, but the world of video games always held his real interest. “Making games was something that seemed very far from reality”, he says. Yet, with help from the internet and some classes in college, he realized that he too could create games.

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Report: 95% of studios are working on or aim to release a live service game

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox A new report from Griffin Gaming Partners says that 95% of game makers are developing or maintaining a live service game. The 2023 Game Development Report, made in partnership with Rendered VC, surveyed 537 studios from across the globe.

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What Is Linting + When to Use Lint Tools

Perforce

What is linting? Linting is the process of checking code for programmatic and stylistic errors. Compare basic lint code tools to advanced static code analyzers.

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Level Design Process #01: Cube to Temple

Game Developer

Level design is like when you eat a delicious food without knowing its recipe. Experiencing a good taste is NOT enough to make a similar one. You should understand about the entire process; from the fundamentals to polishing the product.

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Analysis • Palworld by Pocketpair: the equal-opportunity offender

PreMortem.Games

The hottest game these weeks is Palworld by Japanese developer Pocketpair. It’s an open-world survival craft game where you tame monsters and put them to work. And it has earned more than $200 million in its first five days. Not bad for a $7.6 million development budget. But the game stands out for a few reasons beyond its initial monetary success. To start, Palworld borrows blatantly from existing hit titles and intellectual property.

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Ensuring Seamless Performance of AI Applications in 2024

Rocket Brush Studio

AI apps demand a unique approach to performance testing that goes beyond traditional methods. QASource's performance testing of AI apps signifies the continuous testing recurrence and collaboration to enhance the responsiveness of AI apps across diverse scenarios.

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Microsoft owes everyone more context for mass Xbox layoffs

Game Developer

Costs are down, revenues are up, and its stock has never been higher—yet Microsoft still laid off nearly 2,000 developers.

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Imagine Earth - 1.15

Indie DB

Dear Space Colony Managers, a lot has been going on behind the scenes in the last few months, we've been working hard on console versions of the game, constantly improving it in many details and carefully fine-tuning proven features. At the end of this.

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Sega of America to lay off 61 employees

GamesIndustry.biz

Update : The Allied Employees Guild Improving Sega reacted on social media , confirming this is related to the previously announced plan to "phase out" temporary workers by February 2024. The union said they had been in discussion since November to negotiate the situation, but confirmed the 61 layoffs. "Through our union efforts, we’ve been able to more than double the number of saved jobs, and to offer severance to our temp workers," the union said.

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Start building spatial apps for Apple Vision Pro with Unity

Unity Blog

Reimagining games, apps, and experiences with Unity visionOS

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Report: Embracer cancels Eidos' unannounced Deus Ex project, lays off staff

Game Developer

The sci-fi franchise hits a setback with the sudden cancellation of the follow up to 2016's Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

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GRAVEN Is Now Out of Early Access!

Indie DB

We bring truly amazing news - GRAVEN has now left Early Access and is fully released! We would like to thank everyone who accompanied us on our Early Access journey, it's only thanks to your support and feedback that we've been able to bring you the.

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Seven reasons to be hopeful about the future of the video games industry | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

The past 12 months have been the bleakest I've seen in video games. Cancelled projects, closed studios and thousands upon thousands of employees laid off, with few jobs available for them to step into. And this period of intense pain is likely to continue all year and into 2025. We've discussed at lengths the reasons for the situation. As an industry, we spent too much during the pandemic, costs have risen exponentially, revenue is falling, competition is as fierce as ever and investment levels

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Exploring How Coding Concepts Can Be Applied to Real-Life Situations

Real Programming

Sometimes, when we learn a new subject, what we absorb gets applied down the road in surprising ways. You never know how a math lesson may assert itself later in contexts that have nothing to do with crunching numbers. For example, kids learn problem-solving when they do math, but thinking on their feet can help them in countless other situations. Likewise, learning how to write code can help kids in several unexpected ways.

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Sega of America's layoffs to hit organized staff hard, union worked to lessen impact

Game Developer

As it approaches its one-year anniversary, the worker-led AEGIS union will be hit hard by Sega of America's layoffs in the coming weeks.

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Rotten Flesh - NOW Released On STEAM!

Indie DB

Rotten Flesh have now just been released on Steam! Will you check it out and try to find your dog by shouting his name on your microphone?

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From Kingdom Hearts fan movies to writing EA's Black Panther | Black Voices Progress Report

GamesIndustry.biz

This interview is part of GamesIndustry.biz’s Black Voices Progress Report, offering insight into the different experiences Black professionals have in the games sector. You can read more about the project and check the other entries on this page. The project and the studio were unveiled in July last year: EA launched Cliffhanger Games, a new developer working on a Black Panther game.

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For Students and Educators: The Launch of Exclusive Academic Subscription

Filmustage

In the world of film and storytelling, every student has the power to change narratives. Supporting them isn't just an investment in their future; it's an investment in storytelling itself. Students bring fresh perspectives, but often face barriers like financial constraints and limited access to tools. Support, like Filmustage's Academic Subscription, removes these barriers, nurturing the next generation of boundary-pushing filmmakers.

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Exclusive: Fast Travel Games delivers record holiday sales, but studio CEO says VR market must "define itself"

Game Developer

Vampire: The Masquerade - Justice drove the studio to success after hitting the ground running on Meta Quest and PlayStation VR 2.

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The Last Citadel's Demo

Indie DB

The Last Citadel, A Co-Op, Roguelite Indie Game Unveils Free Demo And Launches Kickstarter Campaign January 29th, 2024.

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Xbox revenues up 49% following Activision Blizzard acquisition

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox The fruits of Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition have been shown in its financial results for the previous quarter, with Xbox revenues showing year-on-year growth of 49%. The company brought the Call of Duty publisher into the fold when the $68.7 billion deal was completed in October , adding hundreds of games and millions of users to its gaming business – although this also increased its operating expens

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InstaMAT – Powerful New Texture Application

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com InstaMAT – Powerful New Texture Application InstaMAT is a new application from the makers of InstaLOD, that is used to create and layer procedurally generated textures in a manner very similar to Substance Designer and Quixel Mixer. InstaMAT is described as: InstaMAT lets you tap into unprecedented workflows when it comes to working with 3D materials … InstaMAT – Powerful New Texture Application Read More The post InstaMAT – Powerful New Texture Applic

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Meta lost $16.1 billion on its big metaverse bet during 2023

Game Developer

Reality Labs continues to lose billions each quarter, and Meta now expects those losses to "increase meaningfully year-over year.

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Start building spatial apps for Apple Vision Pro with Unity

Unity Blog

Reimagining games, apps, and experiences with Unity visionOS

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Konami raises forecasts as profits rise 53% to $427m

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Konami has raised its forecasts for the financial year following a strong nine-month period in which revenues rose 11% and profits were up 53%. For the nine months ending December 31, 2023, the Japanese publisher reported business profit up ¥62.8 billion ($427 million, up 53% year-on-year) and operating profit of ($405.2 million, up 59%).

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GB Studio 3.2 Released

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com GB Studio 3.2 Released GB Studio, an amazingly easy to use but comprehensive game engine for creating retro GameBoy-style games, just released version 3.2. This is the first major update since GB Studio 3.0 was released all the way back in 2022. When I say create “GameBoy-style” games, that’s misleading. This game engine can … GB Studio 3.2 Released Read More The post GB Studio 3.2 Released appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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How Memory Shards help players find secrets in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

Game Developer

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown has a simple-but-brilliant mechanic to help players remember hidden locations on the game's massive map.

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"Plastomorphosis" is NOW out

Indie DB

My retro survival horror game "Plastomorphosis" is finally out on Steam! Check it out if you are into an old-school (RE/Silent Hill) horror game.

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EA Sports FC 24 beats expectations, leads EA to Q3 growth

GamesIndustry.biz

Electronic Arts released its earnings report for Q3 FY24 (the three months ended December 31, 2023), with the firm seeing modest top-line growth but a more considerable jump from the bottom line that was higher than the company's outlook range. The numbers EA saw at least some growth from all its key performance indicators during the holiday quarter, but the publisher was likely most pleased by EA Sports FC.

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Game Engine Popularity in 2024

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Game Engine Popularity in 2024 The Global Game Jam 2024 just concluded and it can give us an interesting insight into game engine popularity in 2024. Now do keep in mind, the criteria for choosing a game engine for quickly completed game jam projects is vastly different than for creating a full feature complete game. … Game Engine Popularity in 2024 Read More The post Game Engine Popularity in 2024 appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Tencent CEO feels its game business "achieved nothing" during 2023

Game Developer

"We have found ourselves at a loss as our competitors continue to produce new products.

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Here are the changes to the MCV/DEVELOP Awards 2024 categories

Game Development News

There are three new MCV/DEVELOP awards this year and a few that could be described as new-ish. Read on to find out what's changed and don't forget to nominate!

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What can developers learn from the Palworld vs Pokémon debate?

GamesIndustry.biz

There are a lot of people who think Palworld has more than a passing resemblance to Pokémon. Social media posts and Reddit threads have been dedicated to comparisons between Game Freak's decades-old characters and those of this month's multi-million selling survival game , with the term 'Pokémon with guns' established as the unofficial tagline for developer Pocketpair's new IP.