Private Division, Devolver and Roblox  headline MCV’s first issue of 2019

The latest issue of MCV is out now and for our first issue of 2019, Private Division’s team talked to us about the publisher’s huge ambitions in the triple-I publishing space. Take-Two’s newest publishing arm discusses redefining the publisher role, breaking new IP, subscriptions and streaming, plus the Obsidian acquisition and the rise of triple-I.

Elsewhere, we discuss the unique process of making music for games with indie and triple-A composers, how developers can improve their collaboration with them so their game has a unique identity and how the composer’s role has evolved beyond just composing music.

Our PR Panel also returns this issue, with Dean Barrett, Caroline Miller, Gareth Williams, Lisa Carter, Stefano Petrullo and Mike Hendrixen answering our questions on the industry in 2019 and PR’s ever-evolving role within it.

We also talk to Roblox’s chief business officer Craig Donato about the platform’s incredible 2018 and its international expansion plans for 2019, as well as its ambitions to be the first step for would-be developers and how it empowers its young community.

Meanwhile, Devolver Digital is getting serious about mobile games, having appointed Mark Hickey as VP of mobile publishing. We speak with him about Devolver’s ambitions for its new mobile division.

We also take a look behind the scenes at the development of Bomber Crew, with Runner Duck’s co-founders explaining how they found the courage to strike out on their own and which 90s Amiga classic inspired Bomber Crew’s colourful art style.

We also introduce a few new sections this month. Debuting in this issue is Ukie’s 30 Years of Play section – with the trade body celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019, we’ll be letting the Ukie team take over some pages in MCV every month this year. The team at Creative Assembly will also help us debunk some common development role myths every month from now, while Jagex’s developers will visit us from Runescape’s Gielinor to talk about their latest adventures. 

The latest digital edition can be read here for free and here are the full contents of this month’s issue:

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s former senior staff writer. After testing the waters of the film industry in France and being a radio host and reporter in Canada, she settled for the games industry in London in 2015. She can be found (very) occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate, Hollow Knight and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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