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20th Century Fox Starting Indie Program to Aid “Creators who are Taking Creative Risks”

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Etherborn developer Altered Matter and FoxNext Games are partnering and have revealed something remarkable for indie developers.

Announced just a while ago, the groups are collaborating to put together an indie development fund. The initiative is “aimed at creators who are taking creative risks in the field of games.”

Etherborn, which also got a sublime new trailer which can be viewed below, is the first game taking part in the initiative. FoxNext says more games in the program are planned to be announced throughout the year.

Vice president of FoxNext’s external development, TQ Jefferson, elaborated on some of the program’s details.

“We’re looking to partner with inspiring game makers, providing the support they need to develop the best version of their games and ultimately connect with the widest audience possible.”

For those unfamiliar with FoxNext, the company is one video game division under the 20th Century Fox umbrella, perhaps demonstrating new ventures for Fox.

The world bending, puzzle-platformer Etherborn is currently planned to launch this Spring on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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