Cyberpunk 2077 quest director Paweł Sasko on game’s non-linearity: “Players expected more because of the fact how The Witcher 3 is built”
Cyberpunk 2077 gained a second wind two years after launch, thanks to a slew of bug fixes and the popularity of the Edgerunners anime series. However, there are still debate about the level on non-linearity of the game.
Key success factors for ZERO Sievert, top-down extraction shooter that generated over $1 million in its first week
Extraction shooters like Escape from Tarkov are very hardcore and multiplayer-only titles. But what if you cut the online aspect and use the core gameplay formula to make a pixel art top-down game? This is exactly what solo developer Luca Carbonera did with his debut project ZERO Sievert, which eventually became a new hit on Steam.
GDC: Nearly 50% of game developers remain skeptical of metaverse and negative about consolidation
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) has released the results of its annual survey about the current state of the games industry. Here are the key takeaways from the study, including devs’ views on the metaverse and consolidation.
Drake Star: Games industry saw over 1,300 deals in 2022, totalling $127 billion
In 2022, the global games industry set a new record for the number and value of closed or announced deals. All thanks to Microsoft’s historic bid to acquire Activision Blizzard, but there have been a few other noteworthy investments as well.
Halo Infinite head of creative Joseph Staten leaves 343 Industries amid layoffs and restructuring at Microsoft
Joseph Staten, an industry veteran hired to help ship Halo Infinite, is now leaving 343 Industries to rejoin Xbox’s publishing division. This is a result of mass layoffs at Microsoft and the studio’s restructuring.
NetEase calls Blizzard’s proposal ‘outrageous and inappropriate’ amid escalating game publishing dispute
NetEase has responded to Blizzard’s latest comments, explaining why it refused to extend their partnership to publish games in China for another six months. The tech giant criticized the World of Warcraft developer for its unprofessional behavior and overconfidence.
French Union calls on Ubisoft workers to strike: “Mr. Guillemot is trying to shift the blame onto the employees”
Following the announcement of Ubisoft’s “targeted restructuring” and CEO Yves Guillemot’s controversial address to employees, a French union has called on workers to strike. The organization also demanded a 10% salary increase.