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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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Descent 3's source code has been released for free use

Game Developer

Programmer Kevin Bentley put out (most) of the 1999 game's source code for players to help maintain and use for their own ends.

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Rami Ismail • Find your USP by describing the game in one or two sentences

PreMortem.Games

This article is part of the game-dev advice newsletter Levelling the Playing Field by Rami Ismail. If you want to know more about the art, craft and science of game development, subscribe here. The newsletter is free but you can support the existence of LTPF with a small subscription fee. Years ago, at the annual Penny Arcade Expo games convention, I was showing off an advanced prototype of Vlambeer’s Ridiculous Fishing.

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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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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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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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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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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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Take-Two is making layoffs weeks after dropping $460M on Gearbox Interactive

Game Developer

The publisher will spend up to $200 million on a cost reduction program that will also include project cancellations.

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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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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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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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Warren Spector says the next logical step for immersive sims is multiplayer

Game Developer

The Deus Ex director is still taking inspiration from tabletop with Otherside Entertainment's Thick as Thieves.

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GeoGen – Procedural Terrain and Planet Generator

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com GeoGen – Procedural Terrain and Planet Generator Today we are checking out GeoGen, an application for generating terrain/landscapes as well as planets procedurally, from JangaFX, the creators of EmberGen and the free Game Texture Viewer. GeoGen is currently still in alpha (although it is available for sale) and graph based workflow for creating landscapes and planets.

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Take-Two laying off 5% of staff

GamesIndustry.biz

Take-Two Interactive is embarking on another cost cutting program, and this one will see the company layoff about 5% of its employees by the end of the year. "As part of these efforts, the company is rationalizing its pipeline and eliminating several projects in development and streamlining its organizational structure, which will eliminate headcount and reduce future hiring needs," Take-Two explained in an SEC filing stating that the board of directors approved the new program today.

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CGS 3D Visualization Dept. Head Presents on Chaos Unboxed Panel

CG Spectrum

CG Spectrum's very own Nicklas Byriel, Department Head of 3D Visualization , recently participated in an expert panel on Chaos Unboxed, presented by Chaos Group. Nicklas and other industry pros discussed how art and technology intersect and explored interesting ways to accelerate creativity in your work and in your art. From architects to graphic designers and 3D visualization artists , this panel is packed with insights that will help fuel your creative process.

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Owlchemy Labs' CEO has some advice for other industry leaders: 'Don't chase trends, chase players'

Game Developer

'It's always easy to get seduced by the trappings of it all–and not get to the core of 'why do players enjoy this?

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Monster Mop Up Demo 2.0

Indie DB

[London, United Kingdom- April 5th, 2024] Terahard Studios is excited to announce the launch of Monster Mop Up’s Demo 2.0 on Steam. Monster Mop Up is a cozy cleaning simulation game with fluffy creatures in need of rescue. The updated demo contains.

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For Schell Games, VR is the technology of the present (possibly the future, too)

GamesIndustry.biz

Looking at Schell Games' recent output, it's pretty easy to spot a common thread. There's the VR puzzle franchise I Expect You To Die, the VR adaptation of social deduction game Among Us, the VR jumpscare horror game Silent Slayer: Vault of the Vampire… When we speak with Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell at the Game Developers Conference, we ask if the studio has indeed pivoted fully to VR and committed itself to that market going forward.

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Gamer Deep Lore, Exhibit #1. The D&D "Blue Book"

The Bottom Feeder

This book caused more kids to worship satan than KISS and Lord of the Rings put together. (I am hoping to do these for a while, because I have a ton of olde gaminge crappe, and going through it is a lot of fun. I’ll put them on Twitter and then put expanded versions here. I hope you enjoy these deep dives into the beginning of the medium.) This was the first D&D book I ever owned.

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How SUDA51 and Hitman inspired cult indie shooter Children of the Sun

Game Developer

'There's one thing that combines those two games: they require patience and experimentation. They are expressive. Even though on the surface they’re very different, they both just feel amazing to play!

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BloodDome99 - ‘80s arcade twin-stick

Indie DB

Retro Twin-Stick arena shooter, BloodDome99, to release an update including 4 new weapons, 6 new perks, 8 new difficulty modifiers and more!

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2023 UK game sales "holding the fort" compared to 2022, but still show signs of growth

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox 2024 so far has been challenging in the industry. This is a good time to take stock of last year's performance to gauge demand-side conditions and what direction consumer spending is going in the UK when it comes to full games (games that are paid for upfront).

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Spellstorm’s Breakthrough Rule

Keith Burgun

While it is occasionally possible to have a design come together right away, there are times when you need to toil over a design for some time before something changes, and only then will the system start to shine. Many times, this change comes in the form of a breakthrough rule that unlocks the potential of a system. With the Kickstarter right around the corner , I’d like to talk about Spellstorm’s breakthrough rule, one that made the game significantly more fun to play, and why tha

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Fallout games double in player count after Prime series premiere

Game Developer

The Fallout TV show has understandably renewed interest in the series and spurred players to check out the games.

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Unity Asset Bundles tips and pitfalls

Unity Blog

Learn about lesser-known aspects of Asset Bundles, with a focus on game performance, memory runtime usage, and general compatibility.

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Why it's become harder to raise investments in mobile game development in 2024

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox During the pandemic, the margins in the mobile games market continued to grow, surpassing expectations. Even after the initial surge, the market remained attractive despite a slight decline in growth, enabling high margins or significant returns when selling a share. However, the current situation is more nuanced.

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Maintenance release: Godot 4.2.2 & 4.1.4

Mircosoft Game Dev

It's been a while since our last update for the 4.2 and 4.1 branches, but the wait should be worth it!

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PUBG maker Krafton leads $15M investment in to UK studio Red Rover Interactive

Game Developer

'Their commitment to player-centric, iterative development resonates strongly with PUBG's ethos.

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Forgive Me Father 2 - Content Update

Indie DB

Cthulhu's beard of tentacles is frowning upon us and as it descends, it brings the first Content Update for Forgive Me Father 2!

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Report calls for new industry-led body to solve UK skills crisis

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox A new report has called for the creation of an industry-led organisation dedicated to solving the ongoing skills crisis in the UK video games sector. Published today by games development and publishing training provider Skillfull and penned by the company's founder Gina Jackson, the study explored the high number of job vacancies advertised in 2022 and sought to understand the most pressing skills needs in the UK.