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Helldivers 2 is made on Autodesk Stingray, an engine that was discontinued six years ago
In January 2018, Autodesk stopped supporting the Autodesk Stingray engine, formerly known as Bitsquid. However, the instrument continues to live. Developer Andy Touch noticed that it was used by the authors of the popular shooter Helldivers 2.
Phil Spencer: Microsoft has no plans to abandon disk drive consoles yet, but it all depends on demand
The head of Microsoft’s gaming division, Phil Spencer, gave an interview to journalist Stephen Totilo (Phil Spencer). He spoke about recent layoffs at the corporation, the growing popularity of cloud games and console strategy.
Palworld is the highest—grossing premium PC and Xbox game in the USA and the UK as of January
On January 19, Palworld was released in early access. The Pokemon game with guns immediately became a hit: in less than two weeks, it sold 12 million copies on Steam and attracted 7 million subscribers to the Game Pass. The analytical company Newzoo looked at what other results the game achieved in January.
Media: Rockstar North got a third of the funds allocated for tax benefits to British game studios
Edinburgh-based Rockstar North regularly enjoys the right to tax benefits in the UK. The Scotsman claims that between April 2015 and March 2023, the company requested a tax deduction from the country’s authorities in the amount of £360.3 million ($453.7 million).
Media: dismissals took place in the studio of the former president of Rockstar North
The Build a Rocket Boy studio, founded by former Rockstar North president and GTA series producer Leslie Benzies, has cut some of its staff. This is reported by the PCGamesN portal with reference to its own sources.
The value of Nintendo shares fell amid rumors about the postponement of the launch of the Nintendo Switch 2
Nintendo is another major gaming company whose shares have fallen in price. As Reuters noted, on the morning of February 19, their value fell by 6%. The reason was the news that Nintendo allegedly began to warn partners about the delay in the launch of the Nintendo Switch 2 until the first quarter of 2025.
In three days, Sony fell by $10 billion due to the results of the gaming division
Sony’s market value declined sharply after the publication of the quarterly report for October-December 2023, CNBC writes. The report was released on February 14, and by the evening of February 16, the company was estimated to be $10 billion cheaper.
The main thing for the weekend (February 17-18)
In 2023, Epic Games Store users spent $950 million on the site, according to media reports, Blizzard Entertainment decided to lay off 136 people in Ireland, Capcom may finally raise the price tag of its new games to $70, — we tell you what happened in the gaming industry over the weekend.
The screenwriter of Disco Elysium confirmed the cuts in ZA/UM. He’s getting fired too.
Recently, Sports Illustrated wrote that dozens of ZA/UM studio employees will soon lose their jobs. Now the dismissals have been confirmed by Argo Tuulik, the last screenwriter in the ZA/UM studio who worked on Disco Elysium.
Analytics: almost a quarter of gaming companies are registered in the USA
Dmitry Filatov, CEO of the Narwhal gaming accelerator, published some statistics on gaming companies on his DogDog telegram channel. He tried to calculate how many video game-related organizations there are in the world right now: publishers, game development studios, outsourcing studios, platforms, game investors and others. He also looked at which countries their headquarters are located in.
The developers of Shadow Warrior and Evil West have joined a trade union
Employees of the Polish Flying Wild Hog studio have organized a trade union that works under the auspices of Związek Pracowników Branży Gier (ZPBG), the union of Polish gaming industry workers. This is the first affiliated studio of the Embracer Group in the ranks of ZPBG.
New Xbox strategy: only four games will appear on other platforms, work is underway on the next-generation console
On the evening of February 15, the heads of Microsoft’s gaming division talked about the future of Xbox. They answered questions about the exclusivity of games, the development of the Game Pass subscription and plans for next-generation consoles.
InvestGame: in 2023, the gaming industry concluded a third fewer deals than a year ago
The analytical company InvestGame has published a report on the situation in the gaming investment market for 2023. Thanks to the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, the total amount of transactions increased, but overall the investment climate was turbulent.