April, 2024

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70 percent of devs unsure of live-service games sustainability

Game Developer

With so many games fighting for players' attention and interest losing out over time, time sink games are at risk of eventually losing steam.

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Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions by Momo-Pi deserves more players 

PreMortem.Games

Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions is a game by Swiss indie game studio Momo-Pi. The tactical action adventure has much going for it. It looks great, bright and colorful and has gameplay that is both taxing and entertaining. Plus it features a cast of well known manga characters, straight out of the Shueisha universe. What more could you ask for?

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth leads surge of new hits | Japan Monthly Charts

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth was the biggest-selling game at Japanese retail in March, shifting 310,596 units and leading a slew of new releases that took over the Top Five in the boxed games charts. Famitsu's latest data, shared with GamesIndustry.biz , shows that the second part of Square Enix's Final Fantasy 7 remake saw the second biggest launch month ever in terms of physical sales for a PS5 game in Japan.

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Descent 3 Source Code Released

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Descent 3 Source Code Released The source code for the 1999 Interplay/Outrage Entertainment game Descent 3 was just open sourced on GitHub under the MIT license. The person responsible for opening the project made the following statement on Reddit /r/gamedev: I was one of the developers for Descent 3 back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. […] The post Descent 3 Source Code Released appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Maxime Desmettre

Concept Art World

Concept Art World Maxime Desmettre Maxime Desmettre is a concept artist and illustrator from France and Canada, currently residing in Yongin, South Korea. Desmettre has created artwork for various video game titles, including LifeAfter , For Honor , Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag , and Prince of Persia. Link: Website | Instagram All images © Maxime Desmettre or their respective copyright holder.

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Do you have any insight as to why annual sports titles have not gone the Live Service model yet given the fact each year it is mostly minor tweaks and roster changes anyway?

Ask a Game Dev

I've actually worked on and shipped more than one annual sports title over my career and I want say for the record that the idea that annual sports titles are "mostly minor tweaks and roster changes" is absolutely and categorically false. Annual sports titles absolutely do not have the same scope as AAA games with multi-year dev cycles, but they do absolutely have significant breadth and depth of scope each year beyond "minor tweaks and roster changes".

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Detective Dotson by Masala Games is a cultural joyride through modern-day India

PreMortem.Games

When you live in a country that houses twenty percent of the entire world’s population, yet hardly see a genuine and honest representation of that country in video games, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. And that’s precisely what Shalin Shodhan is doing with his studio, Masala Games. In the outlandish adventure game Detective Dotson , modern-day India plays an equally significant role as the titular hero.

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Latoya Peterson: "Studios are at the mercy of this house of cards that is the funding system that we've built"

GamesIndustry.biz

At the Game Developer Conference last month, Glow Up Games co-founder and CXO Latoya Peterson contributed to a series of micro-talks around sustainability, calling out the fundamental flaws of games funding. Peterson was talking alongside Cornerstone Interactive Studios' Lisette Titre-Montgomery, ProbablyMonsters' JC Lau, Oculus Publishing's Shana T Bryant, and Outerloop Games' Chandana Ekanayake, in a collective presentation called "The Way We Work: Embracing Human Sustainability in Game Develo

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Visual Studio Code March Update

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Visual Studio Code March Update There has been another impressive update to Visual Studio Code. The March 2024 release adds several impressive new features, including: Apply custom editor labels – Distinguish between editors with same file names.Locked scrolling – Compare editors side-by-side with synchronized scrolling.Extension update improvements – Restart extensions without reload & update extensions […] The post Visual Studio Code March Update

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Edouard Caplain

Concept Art World

Concept Art World Edouard Caplain Edouard Caplain is a concept artist and art director currently based in Paris, France where he works at DONTNOD Entertainment. Edouard has worked in the game industry for companies like The Creative Assembly/SEGA, Ignition London, Frontier Developments and White Birds Productions. Link: Portfolio | Twitter | Instagram All images © Edouard Caplain Yang or their respective copyright holder.

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Spellstorm Character Profiles: Bunny Wizard

Keith Burgun

With the Kickstarter right around the corner, today I’d love to introduce you to my favorite friend in the Spellstorm cast: Bunny Wizard ! Bunny is a very positive and optimistic guy. Bunny’s Story One day, Bunny Wizard was flying around in a fancy new automated blimp. He was headed to see a concert in Goldenbridge when the blimp he was on took a very bad route to get there, one that passed right through the Spellstorm.

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How Nintendo did the impossible with Tears of the Kingdom's physics system

Game Developer

Tears of the Kingdom technical director Takuhiro Dohta and lead physics programmer Takahiro Takayama share secrets from developing the game's amazingly complex physics system.

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Dorothy Orina left engineering behind to pursue game development at Maliyo Games

PreMortem.Games

In a moment of dissatisfaction, while working at a prestigious engineering company in Turkey, Dorothy Orina made a decision that changed the course of her career. Although she enjoyed her time in Turkey and her engineering studies, she decided to leave both behind to pursue her passion for game development. Today she works at Maliyo Games, based in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Fallout Shelter's daily revenue rockets to $80,000 after TV show debut

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox With the Fallout TV series grabbing headlines and attention across the industry, data from mobile analysis firm Sensor Tower shows the impact it is having on the video games. Collated by Layer Licensing and shared with GamesIndustry.biz , the data shows that daily revenue for mobile spin-off Fallout Shelter rose from just over $20,000 on April 10, 2024 (the day the show debuted) to $80,000 by April 13.

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Interacting with and Scraping the Web Using C64 & WiFi

Retro Game Coders

Web browsing with the C64 is not really ideal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t interact over the web using your Commodore 64. Huh? What? Yes, that is right, we can hook up our C64 to the web and do interesting stuff! If you haven’t already, check out how we get a C64 on the internet using a WiFi adapter. C64 WiFi and Vice Emulator Once you have a WiFi adapter, you might find it handy to get your Vice emulator talking to it rather than code directly on your C64.

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The shortlist for the 2024 MCV/DEVELOP Awards!

Game Development News

After carefully considering the many hundreds of nominations, we have a shortlist!

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Spellstorm Character Profiles: Croh Vosh

Keith Burgun

Narratively speaking, Croh Vosh is probably the most important character in the game. At the end of Gem Wizards Tactics, the Omni-Gem was destroyed. This was a great thing for those battling the oppressive occupation of the Business Demons on the western continent, which had largely been enabled by the Omni-Gem’s magic. Eve Williams and Derby Pocket (both Dragon Bridge characters, also in Spellstorm) decided that the best thing to do would be to destroy the Omni-Gem, and so they did, with

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UK studio Kwalee is making layoffs to create room for new hires

Game Developer

'We are reshaping our business and our team to best capture the significant growth opportunities that currently exist in the sector.

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Global glow after-effects in Cocos Creator 3.8

Cocos

This post was from Nine Bows, a developer of Cocos Creator in the Chinese forums. Cocos Creator 3.8…is hot! The global glow is beautiful! From now on, web games can also be made with graphics as good as AAA-level games! First, look at my test to do the effect of the picture: 1. Bloom parameters use experience Three parameters: Threshold, Iterations, and Intensity.

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UK games market grew 4.4% to £7.82bn in 2023

GamesIndustry.biz

UKIE published its latest Consumer Market Valuation Report, showing that the UK games market was worth £7.82 billion in 2023, a 4.4% increase compared to 2022's revised total of £7.49 billion. While overall game sales were up in the UK in 2023, boxed sales have continued their decline and were down 5% to £495 million compared to 2022.

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Anima Flux Demo Update 2

Indie DB

Attention all gamers and adventurers alike, brace yourselves for an electrifying update in the realm of co-op metroidvania games! Prepare to plunge into a 2D platformer like no other as Anima Flux unveils its latest Demo, promising an adrenaline-fueled.

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How Fika Productions set sail with their peer-to-peer multiplayer hit Ship of Fools

Unity Blog

Learn how Fika Productions overcame development hurdles to transition Ship of Fools from a local couch co-op into an engaging multiplayer roguelite.

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How is the process of learning In-house game engines once you get into an AAA studio? Do they immediately put you in production to learn as you go, or does it take some weeks before allocating you to a project?

Ask a Game Dev

The onboarding process is a little of everything you say. Whenever I start a new job, there's the new hire administrative tasks I need to get done like signing paperwork and doing harassment/DEI/office safety training and there's the actual "this is what they hired me to do" learning process where I learn how the workflow works so that I can start being productive.

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What the game industry must do to prevent occupational burnout

Game Developer

Game industry working conditions are improving, but occupational burnout still runs amok. Studios and workers have the power to slow it down.

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Global glow after-effects in Cocos Creator 3.8

Cocos

This post was from Nine Bows, a developer of Cocos Creator in the Chinese forums. Cocos Creator 3.8…is hot! The global glow is beautiful! From now on, web games can also be made with graphics as good as AAA-level games! First, look at my test to do the effect of the picture: 1. Bloom parameters use experience Three parameters: Threshold, Iterations, and Intensity.

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EA raising price of EA Play subscription

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Electronic Arts is increasing the price for its EA Play subscription service, GamesIndustry.biz understands. The standard EA Play tier will increase from $4.99 / £3.99 per month to $5.99 / £5.99, with the annual fee rising from $29.99 / £19.99 to $39.99 / £35.99.

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Pricing Starter Packs: When Conversion is King, We May Price Too Low

Deconstructor of Fun

Guest post by Julian Runge , Assistant Professor at Northeastern University and Principal Scientist at Game Data Pros I went out and asked game and app developers how they price their starter packs, and to find out why they do so. Read on to learn about the results. Good starter packs are indispensable for effective freemium monetization. But, in the heat of marketing and live operations, too strong a focus on conversion can lead you to price your starter packs too low.

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The Stairway 7 Announced

Indie DB

The Stairway 7 is an endless loop anomaly hunter game where you are stuck in a endless loop of stairways with a cat and you have to observe your surroundings carefully to reach the exit. Anomalies are watching, and ready to hunt you down. Don't take.

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Top Unreal Game Development Companies in 2024

Logic Simplified

Looking for a Real Unreal Game Development Company? Unreal Engine has fast grown to be the most trusted engine in the world. Every release brings with it wide-ranging improvements. UE5’s features and functionality have further expanded to include experimental new features for rendering, animation and simulation. The potential for building epic games on Unreal by game app developers and creators across industries has increased.

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Slay the Spire devs followed through on abandoning Unity

Game Developer

Unity's Runtime Fee debacle cost it the trust of several indie developers, and led to Slay the Spire 2 being made in Godot.

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Bring more players into your game with Unity Multiplayer Services

Unity Blog

Learn how we're investing in Unity Multiplayer Services to support the growing number of developers creating incredible multiplayer games with a flexible, extensible suite of tools and services.

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Possibility Space shuts down

GamesIndustry.biz

Possibility Space has shut down, according to former employees. News of the developer's demise was posted by a former employee on social media , and confirmed separately to GamesIndustry.biz by another developer impacted by the closure. The closure comes just weeks after parent company Prytania Media formally shut down its Crop Circle Games studio.

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Smash Indie Hit Sequel Slay the Spire 2 Made with Godot

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Smash Indie Hit Sequel Slay the Spire 2 Made with Godot The sequel to the smash hit indie deck building game Slay the Spire was just announced at the Triple-I showcase. The reason why this is relevant to game developers is MegaCrit are one of the many developers that spoke out after the Unity runtime pricing change releasing the following statement: […] The post Smash Indie Hit Sequel Slay the Spire 2 Made with Godot appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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GolfGambit: Mini-Golf with a Twist!

Indie DB

GolfGambit is an electrifying mini-golf experience with a twist! Strategize and set traps before each round to gain the upper hand or throw off your opponents. Get ready to unleash chaos on the green with GolfGambit!

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