The court case between Epic Games and Apple has resulted with documentation being made available to the public for the first time. One of these documents includes information on the amount Epic Games pay publishers / developers to have their titles included on the weekly Epic Games Free Games List.
Musing of the Week: A quiet start to 2021 is nothing to be worried about, for now….
In GDC’s State of the Industry survey, about a third of developers had said working from home impacted development schedules. From a consumer point of view, it is difficult to quantify how much impact Covid-19 has had on game production. We know for sure the pandemic has had a huge positive impact on demand (see news below) but on the supply side, whether this extended “quiet” period in the first four months of 2021 is due to Covid-19, or if it was going to happen anyway, is debatable.
Did you get a physical game in a box for Christmas? Or better still, a new console? When it came to the new consoles you had two choices with either system: do you opt for the cheaper disc-less version, or the more expensive one that comes with an optical drive?
At the time of writing this blog (October 2020) all eyes are on the new consoles coming from Sony and Microsoft. Right now, there is a wave of heightened anticipation and excitement as we enter a new console generation, but something else just as seismic has been happening to the game industry for some time now. China has eyes on console gaming.
It is on the minds of every industry, every company, every government, and everyone in work. How bad will the recession of 2020 – 2021 be? When it comes to the console and PC video game market, this question is no less relevant.
The Unreal Engine 5 demonstration looked fantastic. There I said it.
Epic unveiled the new iteration of their Unreal Engine with a promotional video on the 13 May 2020. I highly recommend everyone to check out the Unreal Engine 5 demonstration video on YouTube, preferably on the highest settings your TV or monitor can handle. The new engine uses the latest technology in video rendering. As a layman who knows next to nothing about game development, when terminology like “Nanite virtualized micropolygon technology”, “Lumen” and “convulsion reverb” were mentioned, I was lost, but that is not important. All I know is what my eyes and ears were telling me. They were telling me – this looks and sounds stunning!