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Recently it was revealed that there will be a Pokemon GO panel at this year’s Game Developers Conference in March. The panel is scheduled as follows:

  • Europe: 12AM (March 15th)
  • UK: 11PM (March 14th)
  • North America (ET): 6PM (March 14th)
  • North America (PT): 3PM (March 14th)
  • Japan: 8AM (March 15th)

However despite this upcoming panel, some of the new details about the game have been released through Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper which published an interview with Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara. Ishihara shared that Pokémon GO would first launch in Japan, Europe, and North America, and then South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East at a later date. In addition to this, he revealed that the Pokemon Company is working on another large project besides Pokemon GO but did not share the platform it was for.

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The Game Developers Conference has conducted its annual State of the Industry Survey to find out about which platforms are gathering interest. Much like in 2015, Wii U and 3DS are towards the low-end of the spectrum.

Only five percent of participants said that they are working on Wii U projects, a decrease from six percent last year. Just two percent of developers who responded said they’re involved with 3DS games, which is down from three percent last year. With NX on the way, perhaps this news isn’t entirely unexpected.

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In honor of Satoru Iwata’s legacy, Game Developers Conference has posted Iwata-san’s entire keynote from his 2005 appearance, entitled “Heart of a Gamer”. There are a lot of interesting tidbits about his upbringing into video games and his rise to president of Nintendo.

Iwata’s charm exudes throughout the video, and you’ll notice that even throughout this informative and inspiring keynote, he can’t help but be full of humor and jovial as well.

Rest in peace, Iwata-san. We miss you.

We haven’t heard much from Koji Igarashi in recent years, but the well-known Castlevania producer will hold a session at GDC next month.

The talk is titled “There and Back Again: Koji Igarashi’s Metroidvania Tale”. During his session, attendees will be able to join Igarashi “for an exploration of his experiences and methodology in creating some of the most popular and influential games in the genre over the last 15 years.”

Below is the official overview of Igarashi’s session:

Update 2: Gamasutra has posted a chart which also gives a look at 3DS support… or lackthereof…

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Update: Polygon’s report has now been updated, and the initial percentage was off – four percent rather than one percent.

Original: Organizers of the Game Developers Conference have polled over 2,600 North American game industry professions as part of their “state of the industry report.” In it, only four percent of developers surveyed say they currently plan to launch their next game on Wii U. That’s in contrast to the PlayStation 4’s 20 percent and Xbox One with 17 percent with regard to release plans.

Many developers are focusing their efforts on smartphones, tablets and computers. Over half of those polled intend to bring their next game to these platforms.

GDC’s poll also reveals that 64 percent of developers are working on their games independently. 19 percent are working alongside a publisher and 17 percent are working for a publisher. 52 percent of participants said their funding comes from existing company funds.

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