Ministry of Broadcast on Tinder-date publishing, primacy of narrative, and walls people like to build
Ministry of Broadcast is a narrative-driven cinematic platformer released on January 30. The game is set in a dystopian country divided by the Wall, and to get to the other side, you must survive the reality show run by the omnipresent Ministry of Broadcast. Expect traps, tons of moral ambiguity, and brilliantly somber humor in the vein of Monty Python.
Eliza developer Matthew Burns on stress, choices that matter, and language of games
Eliza is the latest title from Zachtronics that took everyone by surprise. In contrast to the programming puzzle games the studio is famous for, Eliza is a visual novel about an AI counseling program, the people who develop it, and the people who use it.
Strategic minimalism behind indie hit Islanders
On April 4th, a German indie studio called GrizzlyGames released Islanders, an atmospheric minimalist city builder. The game immediately got warm reception from critics and very positive reviews on Steam. Valve listed it among 20 top-selling games of April 2019.
How BioWare’s Reaction to the Kotaku Report Went Wrong
Yesterday, Jason Schreier, Kotaku’s news editor and the author of BLOOD, SWEAT, AND PIXELS, posted a report that galvanized the gaming idustry. His article literally goes to great lengths to exhaustively explain how Anthem, which should have become the Bob Dylan of video games, ended up a mediocre title with a score of 59 on Metacritic.
Auto Chess Alpha Testing to Begin on Android
The creators of Auto Chess announced alpha test qualification for the mobile version of the game. The testing will begin on Android, with the team “actively preparing for the iOS platform”. According to the official website, “the development of the first version of “Auto Chess” is about to finish”.
Level design nuances of making the action-adventure game: Darksiders III case-study
Today action-adventure is a complex genre with a big variety of standards and principles. We talked with John Pearl, the Design Director at Gunfire Games, about the main principles of working on levels of Darksiders III.
Remastering Makes Sense in Ten Years After the Game’s Release
October 28 was marked by the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, which is actually the remaster of the namesake project that is already five years old. We discussed that with Alexander Kutekhov, Producer at Buka Entertainment, one of the largest Russian software developers and publishers.
Playrix: «Gardenscapes Has 3,5M DAU»
Gardenscapes was released on August 25 and become the next hit from Playrix. A month later, AppAnnie revealed that the launch of the game helped the developer to enter the Top 20 mobile publishers in the world. We discussed Gardenscapes transformation from hidden object to match-3, changes that were made and first results with the Head of the Kyiv office – Tanja Evdokimenko.
“There Was a Lack of Turn-based Strategies For Some Time”: Interview With Ino-Co About Codex of Victory Wargame
This summer, a wargame Codex of Victory was released on Steam Early Access. The title was developed by the Russian team Ino-Co, the developers of Fantasy Wars and Warlock series. We talked to the studio’s CEO Alexey Kozyrev about it.
“We Started Working on Game Before Pokemon GO Was Released” – MintFrogs CEO on League of Arosaurs
At the end of September, a gamedev studio MintFrogs, based in Minsk, Belarus, released a trailer of their new title – League of Arosaurs. The game looks a lot like a Pokemon Go and Clash Royale hybrid. We talked with Matvey Fedorenchik, CEO and founder of the studio, about the project.
«Victor Kisliy Has Made a Significant Contribution Into The Interface Design”: Wargaming on Its Work on Master of Orion
The end of August witnessed the full-fledged release of Master of Orion developed through a mutual effort of NGD Studios and Wargaming. Alexander Zezyulin, R&D Operations Director of Wargaming shared some stories about the course of work on the game.