This week, we discuss the creation of a brand new Government organisation, the British Games Institute, as industry veterans Ian Livingstone and Rick Gibson make their case.
But this week's MCV is first and foremost about the big games releasing over the next couple of weeks. We talk to Sony's product manager Jon Edwards about the high expectations surrounding the launch of PS4-exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Meanwhile, game designer Bio Jade Adam Granger speaks about Ubisoft's For Honor and its highly structured competitive seasons.
We also talk to Creative Assembly's Alistar Hope about Halo Wars 2 and how a Sega-owned studio came to work on a Microsoft-owned IP.
Elsewhere, Gaming Merchandise UK discusses the evolution of the merch market, Stoic talks Banner Saga 3 and we speak to Miniclip about entering the console sector.
The full contents of this week's issue are below:
- NEWS: Take-Two is going to the movies
- NEWS: Publishers report increased digital sales in Q3
- BIG RELEASES: For Honor and Sniper Elite 4 headline this week's big games
- MONTHLY CHARTS: Resident Evil VII: Biohazard claims the No.1 spot for January
- BGI: Do we need a British Games Institute?
- HORIZON ZERO DAWN: We talk to Sony's Jon Edwards about the upcoming PS4-exclusive title
- FOR HONOR: Ubisoft's new IP may be set in a dark alternate history but its intricate planning shows it only has eyes for a far brighter future.
- GM UK: We had a chat with Gaming Merchandise UK's Luiz Ferreira and Phil Rolls about what lies ahead for the firm and the merch sector
- BANNER SAGA 3: We catch up with Stoic's technical director John Watson to find out why the studio's returned to crowdfunding with Banner Saga 3
- HALO WARS 2: We speak to creative director Alistair Hope about Halo Wars 2
- INDIE INTERVIEW: Christine Love discusses Ladykiller in a Bind and how the industry struggle with sex and relationships
- MINICLIP: After 15 years of publishing games on the web and mobile, Miniclip is entering the console market
- PLUS! Mansell steps up at Jagex, Resident Evil VII: Biohazard tops the UK weekly charts again, LEGO merchandise range and more