Edge November 2020

The authority on videogame art, design and play, Edge is the must-have companion for game industry professionals, aspiring game-makers and super-committed hobbyists. Its mission is to celebrate the best in interactive entertainment today and identify the most important developments of tomorrow, providing the most trusted, in-depth editorial in the business via unparalleled access to the developers and technologies that make videogames the world’s most dynamic form of entertainment.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min
don’t you know all the world wants to laugh?

Believe it or not, we’re now two-thirds of the way through the year. So, first of all: congratulations on navigating the firestorm that is 2020, however you’re managing to do it. And secondly: how are you? We at Edge – thanks for asking – are pushing on, despite continued strain on the budget, a reduced pagination we’re still fighting to recover, and a coronavirus scare or two (we’re all fine). We don’t know about you, but we’re begging the universe for a crumb of serotonin these days. Thank goodness, then, for videogames. This month on Edge has been a pleasure – largely, we suspect, due to the time of year. Summer often sees indie developers rush to release their games ahead of the ultra-competitive autumn season, this next-gen one being even…

10 min
new dawn

Being an independent developer can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you’re free to work exactly as you like in a manner that you feel is most productive and creative. On the other, it’s easy to feel isolated. Without a place of employment to head to each day, or the security and social benefits that come of being part of a greater whole, it’s possible that many talented up-and-coming indie devs give up on going it alone before they even get started. Asobu aims to change that. Founded by a team of industry luminaries, it’s an indie incubator – an ‘indiecubator’, if you will – designed to foster a community in which Japanese indie game creators can grow and thrive together. With the help of funding…

5 min
shaping the future

On a Wednesday afternoon in late July, 15 seconds of footage took Twitter by storm. With over 100,000 likes and 45,000 retweets, the short but sweet musical sting for Team Reptile’s Bomb Rush Cyberfunk whipped up the collective nostalgia of Jet Set Radio fans into a powerful frenzy. Managing director Tim Remmers hadn’t underestimated the appetite of the community behind Sega’s long-forgotten series. Still, the small Dutch studio’s expectations were blown out of the water as the teaser quickly became one of the top Twitter game announcements of all time, nearly equalling EA’s Skate 4 reveal. “That’s not what we expected,” notes Remmers, who has been fighting his email backlog ever since. The response to the trailer has been a source of validation for Team Reptile, which has been working on the…

1 min
sketch out

While Mundaun is a horror tale, its painstakingly hand-pencilled locale evokes not just fear, but love. Inspired by the strange romance of black-and-white photographs of farmers living among the mountains a century ago, Michel Ziegler has spent years rendering a “sinister mirror image” of the eponymous, real-world alpine village, an incredible labour of love performed one pencilstroke at a time. First, Ziegler creates a 3D model from photo references, before UV unwrapping it and printing the maps onto paper. “On a light box I broadly trace the outlines of where the different pieces of the model are on a fresh piece of paper,” he tells us. “Then I start pencilling.” Factoring in the process of remapping the sketches to the model, then iterating multiple times, Ziegler estimates “it takes about a…

1 min

“Truly, Apple has no right to take any per cent of any company’s revenue just because they made the phone people use to access the stuff.”We’re assuming, then, Tim Sweeney, that the Epic Games Store will be forfeiting its 12 per cent cut entirely? Still, you’ve got a point – and Epic’s implementation of an independent in-app payment system in Fortnite, undercutting Apple’s own, certainly made it clear“Ensuring that Epic has access to the latest Apple technology is the right thing for game developers and gamers.”Phil Spencer sides with Epic following Apple’s ban on Fortnite, and Epic’s response with the #FreeFortnite campaign and in-game event“Epic Games has not yet demonstrated irreparable harm. The current predicament appears”Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ensures Unreal Engine isn’t blocked from the App Store, but not…

1 min
arcade watch

Game Nitro Trucks Manufacturer Raw Thrills Vehicular combat games are hardly new in arcades, so it’s odd that Raw Thrills (manufacturer of the arcade classic Dirty Drivin’) has gone down a different route than you might expect in an industry that now, more than ever, needs invention to keep those coins pumping. It’s dialled back the features and even the ‘battle’ in its new battle racer to the basics of a demolition derby racer. The aim is still to win at all costs, but Nitro Trucks is more about the off-road feel of the dirt tracks, the collision physics of the vehicles you’re muscling your way through, and nitro-aided grunt you’re packing. The only weapon is a limited ram ability, activated by double-pumping the gas pedal, with which you can smash other trucks…