The Stanley Parable creator wants his next game to defy the rules of games

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The Stanley Parable creator wants his next game to defy the rules of games

Davey Wreden, creator of the The Stanley Parable and The Beginner's Guide, discussed his current game design goals during an indie panel at GDC 2018 today. Wreden didn't officially announce or nail down anything, but he did offer an intriguing glimpse at some of the ideas he's "shooting for" and what we might see next from the eccentric designer.

Lumines Remastered is coming to PC in May

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Lumines Remastered is coming to PC in May

Earlier today Nintendo hosted a showcase for some flagship indies coming to Switch  this year. Among those was Lumines Remastered, a new and improved version of the 2004 PSP title. That original ended up releasing for a whole swathe of other platforms – including PC – but the good news is that the Remastered version is coming to PC too.

New players cannot currently join Sea of Thieves

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New players cannot currently join Sea of Thieves

The open world multiplayer pirate-'em-up Sea of Thieves launched yesterday, and in the finest tradition of online game releases, it was a mess. Our own hearty band of brigands struggled to get aboard until late last night (although they still managed to put together this handy beginner's guide), and developer Rare acknowledged on Twitter today that a large number of players are also having issues. 

CD Projekt Red launches a new studio to support Cyberpunk 2077

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CD Projekt Red launches a new studio to support Cyberpunk 2077

At the start of 2017, former Techland COO Pawel Zawodny launched a new indie studio called Strange New Things, with a team assembled from other former Techland employees as well as ex-staffers from IO Interactive and CD Projekt Red. The goal at the time was to create "something that comes from 'us'," Zawodny said, although the exact nature of that "something" wasn't made clear: The "Project" section of the studio's website was more of a placeholder than anything else. 

Vivendi sells off Ubisoft holdings, Tencent buys in

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Vivendi sells off Ubisoft holdings, Tencent buys in

When French media conglomerate Vivendi turned its eyes toward Ubisoft a couple of years ago, I thought for sure that Ubisoft was hosed. Ubi bobbed and weaved admirably, but Vivendi brings almost irresistible financial muscle to the fray. Even when it appeared to back off, it remained poised to strike. But today the they announced a surprise deal that will see Vivendi drop its Ubisoft holdings entirely, and guarantee that it won't acquire any new shares in the company for five years. 

The next version of Windows 10 will install much quicker than before

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The next version of Windows 10 will install much quicker than before

Microsoft is aware that major upgrades to Windows 10 typically take a long time to install. For the Creators Update that was rolled out in April 2017, Microsoft says the average offline time for a user was around 82 minutes. That's slightly longer than it takes to watch Army of Darkness. With the upcoming Spring Creators Update, however, Microsoft has managed to cut the install time to around 30 minutes, the length of a typical sitcom if you count the commercials.

Smoke and Sacrifice is like Don't Starve as a dark fantasy RPG

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Smoke and Sacrifice is like Don't Starve as a dark fantasy RPG

In Smoke and Sacrifice, you're a mother searching for her child in a bizarre underworld. All sorts of creatures inhabit this landscape, including jellyfish-like creatures called polyps and a cute hybrid of hogs and porcupines. It immediately reminds me of Don't Starve to play—you craft things to survive, which is extremely familiar. While you start by creating boots, melee weapons and small bombs, though, eventually you'll be creating steampunk-infused mechs. There's a lot going on here.