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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Find out more about Lara Croft in this new video series


Insert "Wild 'n' Wet" jokes here
Oct 22
// Vikki Blake
As we countdown to the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Microsoft has released a new video series called "Woman vs. Wild." The new series will offer "a deep dive into the gameplay mechanics" in Croft's journey. 
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Super Mario Maker

Professional game developers try their hands at Super Mario Maker


Check out how the pros do it
Oct 12
// CJ Andriessen
Bertil Horberg, the creator of the fantastic Gunman Clive series, was once asked if he would create a level in Super Mario Maker worthy of his premier franchise. He declined, saying he already knows how painfully difficult le...
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HoloLens

HoloLens dev kits are $3,000 (apply now!)


Shipping Q1 2016
Oct 06
// Jordan Devore
I remember hearing chatter that Microsoft's augmented-reality headset, HoloLens, would cost significantly more than an Xbox One. While we probably won't know the exact price tag for quite a while, the company has begun taking...
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Conker

Before Conker's Bad Fur Day, there was Twelve Tales


Rare reminisces about the N64 days
Oct 02
// Jordan Devore
Rare has shared another behind-the-scenes video about Conker and this one sure brings me back. Conker's Quest, as it was originally called before undergoing a name change to Twelve Tales: Conker 64, debuted at E3 in 1997. It ...
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Havok

Intel is selling Havok to Microsoft


Floppy bodies
Oct 02
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft is purchasing physics engine maker Havok from Intel for an undisclosed sum. The company confirmed with IGN that the technology will continue to be licensed to "the broad AAA games industry," including companies maki...
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Gettin' Medieval

Rare opens up about its unreleased Conker game


Conker: Gettin' Medieval
Sep 28
// Jordan Devore
After finishing work on Conker: Live & Reloaded, Rare pursued another project set in that universe called Conker: Gettin' Medieval. It was going to be an Xbox multiplayer game, not a direct continuation of the Bad Fur Day...
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Documentary

Upcoming film explores Japan's indie scene


Branching Paths
Sep 22
// Jordan Devore
I'm always searching for new documentaries, preferably ones that cover subjects, stories, or processes I don't yet know much about. As of last night, I have my eye on Branching Paths. It examines the growing independent video...
Hohokum photo
Hohokum

Hohokum dev Honeyslug disbands after 7 years


Co-founders now pursuing solo careers
Sep 20
// Kyle MacGregor
After seven years in business, Hohokum studio Honeyslug is splitting up, with co-founders Ricky Haggett, Nat Marco and Mark Inman going their separate ways to pursue solo careers. In addition to Hohokum, the team is responsib...
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From Software

From Software opening new studio in Fukuoka


Focused on creating CG assets for now
Sep 12
// Kyle MacGregor
From Software is establishing a new studio in Fukuoka, the company announced today. The satellite, formed to expand the company's existing development capabilities, intends to focus its efforts on "creating 3D CG assets for g...
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UK Industry

UK tax relief has 'positive impact' on UK games development


It's not the most generous tax relief in the world, apparently
Aug 24
// Vikki Blake
Though the UK games industry still needs to be "on par" with the British film industry, tax relief is already having a positive impact on the UK games industry. "In 2014 the European Commission gave the green light and the ta...
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FNAF dev is a nice guy

Five Nights at Freddy's dev delivers motivational speech


Five Nights and seven bears ago...
Jul 29
// Jed Whitaker
Love it or hate it, the Five Nights at Freddy's series is a roaring success, and is surely raking in even more cash after the recently released fourth game. Developer Scott Cawthon has taken to the Steam Community forums to answer the haters and inspire his fans. 
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Ouya

Update: Razer/Ouya deal means no money for indies, devs encouraged to not talk to press


Free the Games fund goes kaput?
Jul 28
// Mike Cosimano
[Update: In a call with Polygon, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan confirmed that the company would be looking into fulfilling the contracts made by Ouya. "We are going to try and make good on this fund and give these developers an opt...
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Deus Ex men united

Deus Ex creators play the original 15 years later


Warren Spector on his seminal project
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
The Deus Ex YouTube took a break from giving me fodder for Mick Foley jokes to host some of creators of the original game for a "Let's Play" down memory lane. Project director Warren Spector, writer Sheldon Pacotti, and lead...
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The Last of Us

Naughty Dog devs thought The Last of Us would ruin the studio's name


It obviously didn't
Jul 14
// Brett Makedonski
The Last of Us was the game that proved to a lot of people that Naughty Dog could handle a mature narrative. Its writing explores the human condition and examines the child/guardian protective emotional bond. Upon relea...
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Electronic Arts

Jade Raymond joins EA to open new studio


Overseeing Visceral Games as well
Jul 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Jade Raymond, formerly of Ubisoft, has taken a post at Electronic Arts to open a new studio. "I’m happy to announce that I’m joining Electronic Arts and opening Motive, a new development studio in my home tow...
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Smash Bros

Sakurai uses action figures to plan attacks for Smash Bros.


Source Gaming spills the beans
Jul 12
// Jonathan Holmes
Source Gaming has quickly made a name for itself in the Smash community, thanks to its in-depth research on the development of the Smash series, its expert data miners, and its general passion for all aspects of the franchise...
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Also slams Ubisoft-style design
Keiji Inafune isn't one to pull punches. In recent years, the Mega Man co-creator has become one of the most outspoken critics of the Japanese video game industry, making remarks like "Japan is over." Recalling those "bold st...

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Guest editorial

GAME DEVELOPMENT IS GETTING VERY CROWDED


So many games!
Jun 30
// thegamedesigner
[Here's a promoted community blog from Electronic Super Joy creator Michael Todd. Thanks Michael!] Wanna make a game? That’s cool! Let’s say you download Unity3D, you roll up your sleeves and you get to work. Six ...
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Amazon

Amazon looking to develop its own PC game


Please make a Tarzan game
Jun 08
// Joe Parlock
Amazon has been trying to get a foot in the door for a while when it comes to gaming. Originally it was the move into digital distribution, then it was the the acquisition of Twitch.tv, and now it looks like it wants to ...
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Devs Play

Watch IGA play Symphony of the Night with Double Fine


#whip
May 08
// Jordan Devore
I hadn't really thought about it until now, but man, I would like to spend two hours today watching designer Koji Igarashi play Castlevania: Symphony of the Night alongside Double Fine senior gameplay programmer Anna Kipnis ...
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Hotline Miami

The Hotline Miami Story covers the making of this trippy series


Cocaine Cowboys and Neon Lights
May 07
// Alessandro Fillari
I still remember how the original Hotline Miami suddenly came out of nowhere and left an incredible impression on those who took a chance on it. It was such an unusual title. Its bright, vivid visuals, along with the overhea...
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Imageepoch

Imageepoch's CEO is still missing, Twitter account deleted


Ryoei Mikage has yet to be found
May 06
// Chris Carter
Imageepoch, a Japanese developer that has worked on games such as Luminous Arc and Arc Rise Fantasia, has a problem. Ryoei Mikage, the CEO of the company, has been missing for over a month, and now, his Tw...
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Magnet gun

A cancelled Half-Life episode included a magnet gun


Polarizing
Apr 30
// Brett Makedonski
Everyone who yearns for more Half-Life content might take solace (or find frustration) in the fact that more has been created. However, it's also been scrapped. And, at least some of it had the intent of introducing a ne...
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$20 game tools

Bored with your games? Make your own with this dev tools bundle


Put me in your game, too
Apr 30
// Steven Hansen
Me, I'm never bored with games, because I have literally dozens of them to ignore while I just replay Resident Evil 4 forever, but maybe you're feeling like getting your creative juices flowing. Well, lovely site full of cool...
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Hololens

HoloLens development tools coming free to Unity


Now terrible games can also be holograms
Apr 30
// Laura Kate Dale
How many of you remember the Microsoft HoloLens, that piece of kit that's aiming to turn your house into a virtual holograpm filled gaming landscape? Well, if you're a Unity developer then soon you'll be able to get a bunch o...
HTC Vive photo
HTC Vive

Devs can put their eyeballs inside the HTC Vive for free


Did no one see Sword Art Online? This won't end well
Apr 23
// Joe Parlock
Life is cruel sometimes. I’m almost blind in one eye and can’t see in 3D, so most 3D and virtual reality headsets don’t actually work for me. I’ve tried the Oculus Rift, and it was just like being sat ...
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SteamWorld Heist

SteamWorld Heist developers offering Early Access-like 'Ambassador' program


Interesting
Apr 21
// Chris Carter
The turn-based SteamWorld Heist is currently in development by way of Image & Form, and it looks a lot different compared to SteamWorld Dig. The developer wanted to give us something "completely unexpected," and I think ...
Final Fantasy XV photo
Final Fantasy XV

Ubisquare: Type-0 HD developer has been working on Final Fantasy XV


Blockbuster development ain't easy
Apr 06
// Steven Hansen
Final Fantasy XV is a huge and expensive game, probably. Since its rebranding from Versus XIII to XV with a cool trailer -- holy crap, two years ago -- we've mostly been shown the area that would go on to be the demo included...
Free GDC talks photo
Free GDC talks

Free advice from smart, funny, handsome game developers


A bunch of Game Developers Conference 2015 talks are now free
Apr 01
// Jordan Devore
The Game Developers Conference is a tremendous resource for creators. I wish I could attend every year, and not just as an excuse to hang out with Steven. GDC is insightful, energizing and, this is key, not physically and men...
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Rare's next game

Fans will be 'really happy to see' Rare's next game


Former Rare developer drops hints
Mar 23
// Jordan Devore
In recent months, there's been talk of Rare "building a uniquely Rare game," but that's as much as we've gotten -- talk. While I'm looking forward to seeing if that project comes to fruition, Playtonic has more of my attentio...

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