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Star Citizen has 268-person dev team

Well over 250 developers around the globe are working on Chris Roberts’ prominent Kickstarter success story Star Citizen. The game has currently raised more than $46m and now has five studios behind it, encompassing a grand total of 268 people. This was revealed in an interview withVentureBeat, in which the …

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Microsoft unlikely to budge on ID@Xbox launch parity requirement

While Microsoft is enjoying great success with its renewed Xbox One indie focus, the chances of its parity policy being rescinded look slim. Although there have been examples of flexibility, Microsoft still requires that indie games published on Xbox Live release at the same time or before they launch on …

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Sony opens up host of indie tools for PlayStation development

Four popular development tools have been opened up for those hoping to develop indie titles for PS4, PS3 and Vita. Develop reports that GameMaker: Studio and MonoGame will both be updated to include tools needed for exporting titles to PS4 for licensed Sony Computer Entertainment developers. In addition, developers are …

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GDC survey claims devs prefer PS4 over Xbox One and Wii U

More developers are looking to release games on the PS4 than any other home console, according to a GDC survey. The survey of 2,600 North American developers revealed that 20 per cent of game makers intend to release their next game on PS4, compared to 17 per cent who aim …

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Dev pulls game from Ouya in Free the Games Fund protest

Indie developer Sophie Houlden has withdrawn her game Rose and Time from Ouya’s digital marketplace. Houlden says the decision is a result of Ouya’s response to the ongoing Free the Games Fund controversy, which this morning drew criticism from many developers. I’ve been stewing on this for a while, and …

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Hackers attempt Apple dev site breach

Apple’s developer centre is currently offline and a message warns visitors that an attempt was made to access secure personal information of registered developers. A Turkish security researcher now claims that he was responsible for the violation, which he claims has exposed flaws in Apple’s system. Last Thursday [July 18th], …

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Large mobile dev teams aren’t viable, former Zynga UK GM claims

JiggeryPokery founder and former Zynga UK boss Matthew Wiggins has expressed concern over the viability of large mobile game developers. Speaking toThe Guardian, Wiggins said many mobile firms do not need significant numbers of staff, as they don’t need that many developers to make successful games. He explained that it’s …

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Capcom thinks next-gen development costs "will soar"

Developing titles for PS4 and the new Xbox will be significantly more expensive than current-gen programming, according to Capcom. The result, it has told investors, is that release schedules – which are already experiencing quite severe levels of drought – are liable to become even leaner in the future. Even …

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Criterion opens doors to aspiring devs

Racing game studio Criterion is holding an open day for students eager to get a start in the game industry. The open day will take place on April 11th at Criterion’s office in Guildford, UK, where students will get to meet the development team behind Need for Speed Most Wanted …

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Xbox 720 ‘Durango’ dev kit leak appears to be real

A Durango – or next-gen Xbox 720 – development kit that was touted for sale online looks to be real. Digital Foundry has been in contact not only with the man selling the kit, but also with a number of other development sources – all of whom corroborated the hardware’s …

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