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General Weekly #17

General Weekly #17

The game development industry brings something new all the time. General Arcade shows the most interesting releases, updates and news of the past week, which are recommended reading for both industry veterans and novice developers.


Godot 4.0 release

After over 3 years of rebuilding from the ground up, a complete core overhaul and engine rewrite, 17 alphas, 17 betas and 6 release candidates, the team has finally released the much anticipated new version of Godot. You can read more about 4.0 in a separate post.

Stable Diffusion AI Art Generator Official Plugin Released for Blender

The extension is free and makes it much easier to experiment with projects.

Valve has updated the rules and guidelines for obtaining keys


Maximum 2,500 Release State Override (beta) keys prior to release for crowdfunding purposes.

Up to 5 thousand standard keys for distribution in other stores. Previously, they didn’t give out much either, but there were no explicit restrictions in the rules.

Added text states that when processing requests for issuance, they look at different criteria: the level of interest of buyers on Steam, the number of keys already requested and activated, etc.

Clarified about the sale in other places, so that “the deal was not better than for users inside Steam.”

Playtika has temporarily suspended the development of new games

This would last until “until the payback for new games is economically viable”, the CEO said. 

Rust GameDev #42: January 2023

Another selection of gamedev from the Rust community.

Valve Updated Steam Mature Content Survey and Pre-Release Checks

Updates should simplify the pre-release process and help customers better understand your game.

Interesting articles/videos

How to reduce your game load time by 2 seconds

Pretty simple little things, though helpful for your game.

How EBB Software integrated the Unreal Engine plugin for FSR 2.1

Scorn developers shared the technical details of integrating the new AMD technology.

Creating a hunting camp in a dragon skull with ZBrush and Unreal Engine

Antonio Bravo spoke about the Hunting Camp project, showed how the dragon’s head was created, and talked about setting up the lighting.

Keeping track of memory with the new Memory Profiler package

In the post, the Unity team covered five key workarounds in the new Memory Profiler package that you can use to diagnose and investigate memory-related issues in your game.

Job Search Tips from Techland

Techland’s chief recruiter Michal Penkala explained how to deal with losing a job, shared some portfolio building tips to help you find a new one faster, and gave tips for artists looking to join Techland.

Preserving European Royal Heritage with RealityCapture and Unreal Engine

Organizations like Artzenal in Slovakia, which provides a full range of digital art services from early 2D sketches to high-quality 3D content and character art, are embarking on cultural preservation projects to help preserve history.

How Against the Storm managed to combine urban development and roguelite

The game combines elements of roguelite and city builder, inviting players to build and thrive despite the inevitable disasters.

3D Content Compatibility with Non-Topology Modeling

Modern topology-based modeling software creates three-dimensional objects with a single level of detail. This makes them inoperable with the metaverse. Also, due to the topology creation process, 3D modeling is time consuming and has a high entry barrier to content creation.

How new genres are invented

Some analytics with real examples.

Death of a Game: Gwent

Analysis of a standalone game from CDPR, which grew out of the Witcher 3 mini-game.

Communication as the heart of the puzzle game

In the post, Eleven Puzzles Lead Game Designer Mairi Nolan talks about how the team has built communication on their latest release, Unsolved Case, and the importance of verbal interaction in a game.

The Playrix case and why product-to-market fit is a moving target

Work culture and hiring process at Sierra Division

Jacob Norris talked about how the company determines which projects to work on, explained the workflow in the Sierra Division, and gave a number of useful tips for artists who want to start their journey in the studio.

Color replacement

This article provides an overview of various methods for adjusting object colors.

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