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March NPD: PS4 leads hardware sales, Titanfall rules software

The PS4 sold more than the Xbox One or any other console in March – making it the hardware leader for the third consecutive month – market research group NPD reports. The Xbox One and PS4 pushed US hardware sales in March up 78 percent from 2013,…
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Report: Freemium leads the charge among mobile devs, in-app ads on the rise

The “freemium” revenue model is currently the top monetization strategy for mobile developers, but in-app advertising is expected to grow in prominence over the next several years, according to a new report from mobile revenue analytics company App…
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February NPD: PS4 sells more, Xbox One leads in dollar amount

The PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US during February, with the Xbox One selling 90 percent of what the PS4 did, consumer research group NPD reports. The Xbox One costs $ 100 more than the PS4, meaning it led sales by dollar amount in February.

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In-house game jam leads to $6.2M development contracts for Frontier

Elite: Dangerous company Frontier Developments has signed two new development contracts valued at a total of £3.75 million ($ 6.25 million), thanks to an in-house game jam. …


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Curve Studios leads a Titan Invasion on Sony systems this summer

Curve Studios will bring a game bundle called Titan Invasion to PS3, PS4 and Vita early this summer. The pack includes two arcade-style games from UK developer Puppygames, Titan Attacks and Revenge of the Titans.

Titan Attacks is an arcade shooter…
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GDC State of the Industry: PS4 leads console interest, self-funding reigns

A new Game Developers Conference survey shows developers have a preference for PlayStation 4 development when it comes to consoles, and a changing relationship with game publishers. …


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GDC State of the Industry: PS4 leads console interest, as self-funding reigns

A new Game Developers Conference survey shows developers have a preference for PlayStation 4 development when it comes to consoles, and a changing relationship with game publishers. …


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January NPD: PS4 leads hardware, Xbox platforms sell most games

The NPD Group’s numbers for January are in and survey says: PS4 is on top in overall hardware sales, with the Xbox One right behind.

Microsoft’s take on the numbers focuses on games, saying the Xbox One led “US game sales” in January. Combining all…
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Witcher Leads Depart For 11 Bit Studios

Two of the main developers behind CD Projekt Red's Witcher franchise have departed for successful indie studio 11 Bit.

Witcher lead gameplay designer Maciej Szcześnik and gameplay producer Marek Ziemak announced today that they have taken new positions at 11 Bit Studios after long tenures at CD Projekt Red.

"I'm absolutely looking forward to working here," said Maciej Szcześnik, who will be the lead designer of a new game in development at 11 Bit. "I'll be responsible for the entire design of a game that took shape in my imagination. It's a really exciting feeling to create a new world from scratch, make its characters and rules and to know that I have this blank page to fill with my ideas and then bring them to life."

11 Bit has had success in the mobile space, particularly the Anomaly series, which has put an innovative spin on the tower defense genre.

Our Take:
It's interesting to see two men who's spent years working in the triple-A console space depart for a company more known for smaller-scale mobile titles. This could either represent that they are ready for a change of pace, or indicate that 11 Bit Studios has its sights set on more ambitious projects.

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AIAS To Honor Three Rockstar Games Leads With Hall Of Fame Induction

At the D.I.C.E. awards to be held this Thursday in Las Vegas, three of Rockstar Games’ top minds will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hall of fame. Leslie Benzies, Sam Houser, and Dan Houser will become the 18th, 19th, and 20th inductees.

Sam and Dan Houser are the co-founders of Rockstar Games, and Benzies has been instrumental in Grand Theft Auto titles from Grand Theft Auto III on, leading the development at Rockstar North. The inductees will be presented by Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison.

The AIAS chooses hall of fame honorees who have been crucial to the development of influential games. The Housers and Benzies will join Valve’s Gabe Newell, BioWare founders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny, and others.

If you are interested in watching the D.I.C.E. awards, Twitch will be streaming them at www.twitch.tv/dice. The ceremony will be hosted by Felicia Day and Freddie Wong.

 

Our Take
Grand Theft Auto titles have left an indelible mark on gaming culture. They popularized open world gameplay, inspiring other developers to build living environments for their heroes (and villains). After the release of Grand Theft Auto V, which sold $ 1 billion in its first three days, and yesterday's announcement that the label has sold 250 million copies of its games, the time is right to recognize the contribution of Rockstar’s top creators.

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