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We continue to summarize the results of 2023 together with the game teams. Next up is an interview with Anton Vinogradov, co-founder of the porting studio and publisher of Samustai.
After the announcement in January 2021, The Day Before has long been at the top of the most anticipated games on Steam. Yesterday, it was released on the platform as part of early access. Most of the users who have tried the game, speak about it extremely negatively. Unfortunately, there are good reasons for this.
Owlcat Games has just released its third RPG, this time based on another renowned IP — Warhammer 40,000. Here is how the game’s launch went in terms of reviews and player count.
We continue to summarize the results of 2023 together with the game teams. Next up is an interview with Victoria Belyaeva, Head of Business Development and PR at AppQuantum.
The Day Before, once the most wishlisted game on Steam, has finally launched in Early Access after several delays. However, player reception has been overwhelmingly negative so far, and here are the main reasons for this.
December is a time for various lists and rankings. Tim Cain, an acclaimed RPG developer and one of the creators of Fallout, has shared his top 5 favorite games of all time. Spoiler alert: there is not a single title that is newer than 24 years old.
In a world where more than 1,000 games are released every month, even quality titles run the risk of not recouping their development costs. Here are the lessons indie studio Pixelsplit learned from the launch of its theme park sim Indoorlands.
We continue to summarize the results of 2023 together with the game teams. Next up is an interview with Anton Mikhailov, creative director of the indie studio Tortuga Team.
Let's return to the series of articles about projects in need of investment or publishers. The current material is dedicated to the mobile idle game BitGoblins from Yoga Games studio.
We continue to summarize the results of 2023 together with the game teams. Next up is an interview with Sergey Efremov, Chief Operating Officer of Astrum Entertainment.
Recent layoffs might be just the tip of the iceberg of wider problems at Bungie. A new report alleges a massive decay in morale among employees and fears that the studio could be completely taken over by Sony.
Although GTA VI is not expected to come out until 2025, it is already making waves and smashing records with just one teaser. Let’s take a look at its numbers and compare them to other notable video game trailers.
We continue to summarize the results of 2023 together with the game teams. Next up is an interview with Ilya Maksimenko, founder of the FlyinDogs indie studio.
Game publishers around the world continue to adjust their regional prices, and Paradox Interactive is no exception. The Crusader Kings publisher will soon raise prices for both its live games and titles that are no longer actively supported.
League of Geeks, an Australian studio with a 15-year history, has made a tough decision to cut over half of its staff. This also affected the entire Jumplight Odyssey team.
We continue to summarize the results of 2023 together with the gaming and near-gaming teams. Next up is an interview with Denis Khamin, co-owner of the Allcorrect studio for game localization and outsourcing of 2D and 3D art.
Five months after the appearance of Godot 4.1, the open source game engine has a full-fledged new version. It includes more than 1,800 changes made by 359 developers.
If three years ago we were tired of writing about investments, then this year it seems that most of the agenda is layoffs. So it is this time. The Australian studio League of Geeks announced large-scale cuts.
Thanks to discounts, some older games have managed to return to the top-selling charts on Steam. However, indie hit Lethal Company still outperforms all others, including evergreen titles like Counter-Strike 2.
Rockstar has finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for GTA VI. As expected, it quickly turned into the industry’s biggest news, generating dozens of millions of views within hours.
We continue to summarize the results of 2023 together with the game teams. Next up is an interview with indie developer Vladimir Beletsky from the Morteshka studio, famous for the role-playing game based on Russian fairy tales Black Book.
This year, New World Interactive Studio turned 13 years old. It is quite possible that she will not live to see her next birthday.
tinyBuild appears to be another studio to conduct layoffs. This comes just months after the publisher saw its shares plunge due to weaker-than-expected financial performance in the first half of 2023.
The game publisher and developer tinyBuild has published an update on the state of affairs. It reveals that the company is "actively considering short-term options to strengthen the balance sheet," and also confirms staff reductions.
On the eve of the New Year, App2Top continues to publish a series of "Results" materials, in which it talks with representatives of the gaming industry about how 2023 passed for their company and the market. Next up is an interview with Vyacheslav Utochkin, co—founder and general producer of Geeky House.
On the night of Monday to Tuesday in Moscow, Rockstar Games published a trailer for the next numbered part of Grand Theft Auto. Now it is one of the central news in the industry, judging by the views on YouTube.
In early October, a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the development of the game Vasilisa and Baba Yaga was successfully completed. The game developers from the St. Petersburg studio Baba Yaga Games received 960 thousand rubles from sponsors. App2Top talked to Asya Yurina, co-founder of the studio, about how the campaign was going.
Starfield remains one of the most played games from Xbox’s first-party studios even three months after its launch. So it is no surprise that Microsoft considers it one of its most important releases and has plans for its long-term support.
Unofficially, tinyBuild could have carried out a major optimization last week. The company has fired at least a dozen people.
We continue to summarize the results of 2023 together with the game teams. Next up is an interview with indie developer Vadim Gilyazetdinov (aka yeo), the author of a series of pixel bitemaps about Japanese Yakuza.
Fun gameplay aside, one one of the factors behind Dave the Diver’s success was its combination of pixel art and 3D graphics. Here is how a small team at Mintrocket managed to create the game’s appealing visuals using the Unity engine and its tools.
Africa has its own criteria for success in the gaming market. However, the situation is changing rapidly. In a few years, the earnings of local gaming companies will become significant by general industrial standards.
This was stated by Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer in an interview with Windows Central.
December came. The end of the year is rapidly approaching. On its eve, according to the established tradition, App2Top, together with representatives of gaming and near-gaming companies, summarizes the results. The current series of results opens with an interview with Sergey Zanin, co-founder and CEO of Alawar.
Many things about Game Pass and the entire ecosystem around it are still shrouded in mystery. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has now shed some light on the service’s strategy and certain elements of its business model.
The next cuts — now at Phoenix Labs, Fortnite records (both in MAU and online), the growth of the user base at Starfield - tell us what happened in the gaming industry over the weekend.
Iwo Zakowski, head of marketing at Supercell, has shared some new data about the company’s games, including its biggest hit — Clash of Clans.
The other day, the RovioCon Google 23 conference was held in Helsinki. One of the reports was read by a representative of Supercell. We share interesting facts from it.
Targeting the right audience for a game is one of the most important tasks for developers. Acclaimed developer and former BioWare producer Mark Darrah has opened up about the decision-making process and who should make the final choice.
On November 30, the Larian Studios blog on Steam reported that 1.3 million people have played the game since its release on August 3. This allows you to give an approximate estimate of the number of copies of the game sold.
We still don’t know the official sales of Baldur’s Gate 3. But Larian Studios has now revealed how many players have completed the game, which opens up room for some napkin math and speculation.
Despite many great releases, 2023 hasn’t been all that good (to put it mildly) for people making games. Here are the prevailing sentiments among developers about the current state of the market and the possible future.
App Store and Google Play have announced the winners of its annual awards. Let’s take a closer look at the best games in various categories.
Lords of the Fallen has been a commercial success for publisher CI Games. The company has now shared its ambitious revenue target for the game.
Google and Apple have summed up the results of the year and published lists with the best games in their app stores for 2023.
In 2019, Activision Blizzard was considering launching an app store for mobile devices: it wanted to make it itself or in partnership with Epic Games and Supercell. The company announced its plans to Google in an attempt to bargain for better terms on Google Play and other services.
The Swedish Embracer Group holding continues to close some subsidiaries and reduce staff in others. The list of studios that suffered from the restructuring of the company included Free Radical Design and Fishlabs.
Embracer Group’s cost-cutting restructuring continues. Free Radical Design and Fishlabs appear to be the latest studios to be affected by the process.
Unity has decided to terminate an agreement with its subsidiary Weta, a VFX studio co-founded by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson. This will result in another round of layoffs for the engine maker.
WN Media Group has shared the first details about WN Belgrade’23, the upcoming conference for games industry professionals. The event is expected to bring together more than 400 companies and feature talks from renowned devs like Raphaël Colantonio.