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Game News – Nintendo Switch Has Now Sold Over 41 Million Units

Nintendo Switch has proven itself to be a massive success after the flop that was the Wii U. While it hasn’t matched the success of the Wii or PS4, it may very well be on its way to doing so. Today, Nintendo released its financial results for the second quarter of this fiscal year, and […]

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Game News – Astral Chain World Building Trivia Abound in This Latest Dev Blog

In the latest developer’s blog entry, Astral Chain main scenario writer Akiteru Naka once again takes the lead. In this edition, he reveals some pretty interesting trivia about the cast of colorful characters that the player meets along the way, along with plenty of other early concept development. According to Naka, when he first developed […]

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Game News – Astral Chain Dev Log Breaks Down How Police Mascot Lappy Was Localized for the West

Astral Chain‘s latest developer’s blog entry focuses on the lovable dog mascot of Task Force Neuron, Lappy. Specifically we learn about how localization requires changing how a character is presented for the new intended audience while keeping the core foundation of their personality. And ready to break down the process is John Neal from the […]

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Game News – Astral Chain Dev Blog Takes a Look at Holographic Animation

PlatinumGames’ Environmental Artist Shohei Kameoka stars in this week’s Astral Chain developer blog entry. He delves into what makes the holographic animations work: a technique called UV Animation. The three-dimensional objects that you see in games are made up of two major parts: The 3D model itself; and textures, 2D images that determine what their […]

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Game News – Astral Chain Dev Blog Looks at How Mission Structure Changed

Since its release at the end of August, Astral Chain has already broken out as one of this year’s hit Nintendo Switch titles (and a critical success in its own right), and in the latest In the latest dev blog published by PlatinumGames, Astral Chain designer Sota Kotajima shared several interesting insights on how the title changed over […]

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Game News – Astral Chain Dev Blog Explores the “Pixelizer,” Which Gives the Game a Retro Touch

This week’s Astral Chain developer’s blog stars user interface programmer Akinori Tabuchi (who previously covered the the interface design in Part One and Part Two of the dev blogs) talks about a pretty nifty feature. Later on in the game, once you’ve completed a certain case, you’ll get a very special add-on for the camera […]

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Game News – Astral Chain’s Visual Effects, PlatinumGames Style, is Front and Center in Latest Dev Blog

The latest Astral Chain developer’s blog stars Takuo Yamamoto, visual effects artist at PlatinumGames. According to Yamamato, his job is to make it “immediately visually clear what the player did and what happened as a result. Visual effects (VFX) are purely visual, but they still have a huge impact on how it feels to control […]

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Game News – Astral Chain’s Sound Design is the Star of This Latest Dev Blog

Last week the Astral Chain developer blog delved into the head designer’s writing process behind the critically acclaimed game. This week’s entry is a lesson in sound design, specifically the sound effects (SFX) of the game. According to Naoki Hiraiwa, sound designer at PlatinumGames: The twin you choose doesn’t have many lines of dialogue of […]

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Game News – August Was a Very Weird Month for Video Game Sales According to NPD

August 2019 marked one of the slowest months for software sales in the video game industry since 1998 according to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. Software sales totaled out at $257 million which is a tremendous drop compared to last August’s $341 million. Sales for the month overall were $666 million with hardware, accessories, and game […]

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Game News – Astral Chain Dev Blog Delves into Head Designer’s Writing Process for Main Storyline

Even with Astral Chain‘s launch, PlatinumGames is still putting out developer blog entries for the title. The most recent entry is from Akiteru Naka, the designer in charge of the main storyline, as he decided to share a bit of his writing process. When Naka, director Takahisa Taura, and art director Hajime Kimura got together […]