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Come to GDC Europe for tips on soft-launching your next mobile game

GDC Europe 2015 is months away, and conference organizers are highlighting two can’t-miss sessions on the process of soft-launching your iOS game and the trick to coding adaptive clothing systems for open-world games. …

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Developers come clean about the realities of crunch

Kotaku has published a thorough feature aimed at exposing crunch culture to a broader audience that features developers coming clean about how they had to crunch, or why they made others do so. …

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Attack On Titan: Humanity In Chains Will Come With Free 3DS Theme

Atlus has delivered a new trailer of Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains along with some details about when we can play it. Check out the video below to see the members of the Scout Regiment in action.

The trailer features Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Levi, and Sasha, along with a number of different Titans (and a lot of blood). You’ll be able to pick it up in North America on May 12 for $ 39.99.

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Unfortunately for European fans, the game has faced a delay due to a copyright claim. It’s still coming, but under the name Shingeki no Kyojin: Humanity in Chains. A release date will be announced for that territory at a later date.

Regardless of whether you’re in North America or Europe, you’ll get a free, exclusive 3DS theme. You won’t be able to purchase it independently on the eShop. – The Feed

This Week In Mobile – GDC Gives A Look At What’s To Come

This week in mobile has been dominated by news coming out of GDC. With the convention drowning out any new releases, it’s time to take a look at some of the more interesting mobile games that hit the show-floor this year.

This War of Mine
Developer: 11 bit
Platform(s): iOS (iPad)

Game Informer’s PC Editor, Dan Tack, walked away impressed by This War Of Mine when it released late last year, as did many others. Now, those who didn’t have an avenue through which to experience the grim survival game when it launched on PC will have another option. Developer 11 bit says it’s committed to keeping the iPad version as close to the original as possible, and that the game will be releasing as a premium app instead of free to play.

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: Butterscotch Shenanigans
Platform(s): TBA

While big sprawling survival games have taken over the PC space in recent years, they’re still somewhat of a rarity in the mobile space. Developer Buttersctoch Shenanigans is looking to fix that with Crashlands. The game features an absolutely massive procedurally generated world, and a genuinely interesting story behind how it came to exist if you have a few minutes to spare. 

Eisenhorn: Xenos
Pixel Hero Games
Platform(s): TBA

Games Workshop has been fairly active with its Warhammer brand lately. We recently got a look at Warhammer: Endtimes – Vermintide, a co-op shooter set in the classic fantasy Warhammer universe. Eisenhorn: Xenos, based on the Warhammer novel Xenos by Dan Abnett, is an adventure game – with a dash of action – set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. While there aren’t many details surrounding the game at this point, its gorgeous visuals are enough to make it worth keeping an eye on.

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Developer: Kobojo
Platform(s): iOS, Vita, Others TBA

While turn-based JRPGs are certainly nothing new to the mobile market, few have the pedigree or good looks of Zodiac. With music from Hitoshi Sakimoto and writing from Kazushige Nojima, both of Final Fantasy fame, Zodiac is a game to pay attention to moving forward. Kobojo has already announced that the game is coming to Vita as well, so there’s intriguing potential for some unique cross platform interaction. 

Trial by Viking
Last Life Games
Platform(s): Mobile TBA, (also headed to PC, Mac, and Wii U)

Trial by Viking is one of the more ambitious games to come out of GDC this year. While it’s coming to PC, Mac, and Wii U, the action platformer is also targeting mobile platforms. The game already promises more than 150 levels to fight through, and if developer Last Life Games gets the touch controls right it could pave the way for more traditional 2D platforming on phones and tablets. – The Feed

Watch winter come to LittleBigPlanet 3 in Game of Thrones intro

“Adorable” is not an adjective often used when describing HBO’s Game of Thrones; nor can it be used in reference to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Powered by LittleBigPlanet 3, however, the show’s theme does have a certain charm…
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Disney’s Big Hero 6 come to save LittleBigPlanet 3

Burgeoning crimestoppers with a copy of LittleBigPlanet 3, take heed: you can suit up and save the day as any of the heroes from Disney’s Big Hero 6 thanks to a costume pack made available this week. Wasabi, GoGo, Hiro, Honey and Fred (pictured above…
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Watch A Walking Dead Pinball Machine Come Together

Stern Pinball is the oldest running pinball machine maker in the world, and it does most of its work out of a factory in Chicago, Illinois. Get a virtual tour of the company's headquarters and watch them construct a Walking Dead table before your very eyes. Now you never need to go to Chicago.

The Awesomer recently visited the Stern Pinball factory and filmed 3,500 parts and 1/2 a mile of wire get reworked into The Walking Dead pinball machines. For more on Stern Pinball read our Behind The Wizardry feature where we interview Stern’s director of marketing, Jody Dankberg.

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Nintendo and Philips come to terms, ending lengthy patent fight

Nintendo has signed a patent licensing agreement with Dutch technology giant Philips, closing out a series of patent disputes between the two companies that’s been brewing since 2011. …

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The Alienware Alpha has come for your money, Earthlings

Alienware and parent company Dell have made good on the promise to release a console-sized, TV-oriented PC by year’s end with the Alienware Alpha – a not-quite Steam Machine that runs Windows 8.1 and comes with an Xbox 360 controller (as opposed to…
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Joystiq Streams: Hey, Hyrule Warriors! Come out to plaayyayy

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Yes, it’s going to be a non-stop cavalcade of Link, Impa, and Midna action. We’ll slice up some Moblins and than a bunch…
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