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Torchlight and Hob developer Runic Games has shut down (Updated)

Update: Amid the somber news, Runic Games co-founder Travis Baldree has launched a fact-filled Twitter thread to celebrate the studio’s nine-year history. Here are some highlights:  [2/?] Runic Games was first registered as ‘Surprise Truck’ and I got many calls asking if ‘Surprise Trucking’ could do a cross-country move.November 3, 2017 [7/?] The first Torchlight prototype involved a test model that looked remarkably like Jesus, dual wielding swords.November 3, 2017 [11/?] Torchlight 1 was made …

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Outlast II Runs at Native 4K@60FPS on Xbox One X; Developer Is Happy With Game’s Sales

With Halloween 2017 drawing ever closer, we thought we’d check in with Red Barrels Games, the Canadian indie team behind the survival horror Outlast franchise. Co-founder and Senior Game Designer Philippe Morin, an industry veteran who’s worked with companies like Ubisoft, Naughty Dog and Electronic Arts before going indie, was kind enough to take some time to answer our questions. We talked about Outlast II, of course. The game launched in late April and is …

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Why Massimo Guarini set up Last Day of June developer Ovosonico

Let’s get one thing out of way: yes, Ovosonico is based in a villa on the outskirts of Milan. It’s a change of pace from what we normally see in development studios. We’re used to seeing coders based out of their bedrooms and we’ve visited our fair share of triple-A studios based in skyscrapers, via indie start-ups in East London workspaces. But a villa? That’s different. “It comes from my background. I worked and lived …

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Unsung Story developer announces PS4, Switch and Xbox One versions

The new developers behind Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians, the tactical role-playing game that was funded on Kickstarter in 2014 and has had a tumultuous time coming to fruition, is heading to three new platforms. Little Orbit announced this weekend that Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Unsung Story are in the works. When Unsung Story was first unveiled, the plan was to bring it to mobile devices, but original developer …

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Developer on Nintendo Switch Tax, Unity Development Issues, and More

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a role-playing game (RPG) based on the fantasy comic book series by the same name. It’s inspired by classics such as Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. The game is developed Airship Syndicate – a twelve person studio consisting of developers who have worked on games such as cult classics Darksiders and Darksiders 2, no surprise since its helmed by Joe Madureira – the comic book creator of Darksiders, and Battle Chasers. …

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Tencent have purchased 5% of PUBG developer Bluehole and are looking for more

Tencent have reportedly been looking at investing in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole for some time, but suggestions that a deal had gone through were dismissed as mere rumours last month. Though these reports were untrue a month ago, it seems talks have continued to progress, with Tencent owning a 5% stake in Bluehole and seeking much more. Start training with our PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds guide. A Bloomberg interview yesterday with Bluehole chairman Chang Byung-gyu reveals that Tencent …

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Steam says goodbye to developer accused of making “fake games”

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube It seems that Valve are finally taking steps to stem the tide of shovelware ending up on Steam – at least in certain cases. Polygon report that nearly 200 games developed by Silicon Echo Studios have been taken down from Steam after allegations that they were created largely for trading card farming, which Valve have in turn confirmed. For something you might actually want to play, check out the best …

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer “concerned” Fortnite is copying their game

Last week saw Epic announce and beta launch a battle royale mode for Fortnite. In its announcement, Epic referred to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the battle royale multiplayer shooter that has shot to the top of Steam, and players were quick to draw comparisons between the two games. However, PUBG’s developers, Bluehole, have said that they are concerned with the similarities between the two games. If you’re looking to play something other than battle royale, here’s our Fortnite guide …

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PewDiePie uses racial slur during stream, prompting developer action

YouTuber PewDiePie – who lost lucrative partnerships with Disney and YouTube earlier this year due to an anti-Semitic video – has used a racial slur during a new livestream. The wealthy (and regrettably influential) personality uttered the slur during a livestream of PUBG, and while it has attracted condemnation online, Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman has indicated he will take further action. We’re filing a DMCA takedown of PewDiePie’s Firewatch content and any future Campo …

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Friday 13th Kickstarter ‘almost killed’ developer

The studio behind Friday the 13th Gun Media has opened up about the pros and cons of doing a Kickstarter campaign. As part of a panel at PAX West – as reported by PC Gamer – the team spoke about the crowd-funding push and what they learnt. In short, Gun realised they needed someone to handle the community management, with the role falling to executive director Randy Greenback. “It was like three full-time jobs,” he …

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Careers in Dual Universe range from space pirate to indie game developer

Imagine a game where you can fly from the surface of a procedural planet and head straight into space without a single loading screen. Oh, that’s been done in a couple of games already. Ok, right, imagine that, but also Minecraft. Now picture that in your mind, filled with player-made space stations, ships, and cities, with a million people all sharing the same space, complete with in-game factions and systems as complex as Eve Online. …

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Ark Developer: “There’s Nothing Preventing” PS4-Xbox One Cross-Play

Cross-network online play is one of those things every developer wants to add, but Sony is still won’t play ball. The developers behind Rocket League have already talked about adding cross-network play and now another developer is taking up the fight. Ark: Survival Evolved has reached its full launch today and developer Studio Wildcard says that it has cross-network action working internally, it just needs approval from all parties involved. “Look, it’s a thing that …

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Will the Xbox One X get exclusive content? “We want to empower the developer to make the choices for themselves,” says Microsoft

VP of Xbox and Windows Mike Ybarra has raised the possibility of different content for the different Xbox One hardware.Although the company line before launch of the Xbox One X on November 7 is that it should have parity with games and content on the Xbox One S, Ybarra said that ultimately it will come down to a decision by developers about specific features. “I think largely we want to empower the developer to make …

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The world’s largest games company just invested in a tiny UK developer

Tencent, the Chinese internet service provider that owns League of Legends studio Riot Games and is possibly the biggest games company in the world, have announced their new investment in Milkytea Studios. Milkytea is a small team based in Liverpool, currently working on their third game, Hyperbrawl Tournament. Before they get snapped up by corporate giants, check out our list of the best indie games on PC. In a press release circulated on Twitter, Milkytea’s …

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Kickstarter disaster Unsung Story has been sold to the developer of Barbie & Her Sisters Puppy Rescue

Oh, Unsung Story. You poor, poor mess of a Kickstarter project. Backers pledged $660,000 back in 2014, eager to see a new tactics RPG from the mind of Final Fantasy Tactics creator Yasumi Matsuno. Since then, it’s been nothing but trouble and long stretches of silence from developer Playdek. It was , and though development seemingly continued after that, nothing materialized. And now if anything ever does, it won’t be coming from Playdek. Today’s backer …

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