Arena_V2_Promo_Shot_2The online gaming industry saw several big announcements during this year’s Game Developer’s Conference. Here are some GDC 2015 news highlights to keep you in the know.

GDC 2015: SMITE Alpha Launching on Xbox One Next Week

Hi-Rez Studio’s third-person MOBA, SMITE, will be available next week for some Xbox One players. The console version will enter Alpha on March 11, and codes will be available at the Hi-Rez booth during PAX East 2015. Get behind-the-scenes information about SMITE and meet the developers in the new show, “IGN Godlike.” This week, Hi-Rez Studios stops by to discuss SMITE’s past, present, and future, including the game experience on Xbox One.
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Games dominate App Annie’s annual list of top-grossing app publishers

App Annie provides reports that focus specifically on gaming, and many game publishers made the list of 52 top-grossing apps for 2014, which is interesting because many mobile games are free-to-play. Game companies dominated App Annie’s list of the top-grossing app publishers for both iOS and Android in 2014. Of the top 10, all were either publishers or had dipped into gaming in some manner.
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‘Dragon Quest Heroes’ To Receive A Western Release

Square Enix has announced that they are finally bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the West on PS4. While the series never took off outside of Japan the same way Final Fantasy did, Heroes is arguably one of the most culturally important game series ever created. This new Dragon Quest-themed action role-playing game was developed by the team behind the Dynasty Warriors games. Read entire article here.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Wins Game of the Year at GDC Awards

The 15th annual Game Developers Choice Awards and the 2015 Independent Games Festival were held in San Francisco as part of this year’s Game Developers Conference. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor won overall Game of the Year at the Game Developers Choice Awards, while Out of Wilds took home the Seumas McNally Grand Prize award at the Independent Games Festival awards.
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