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Haydn Taylor, Staff Writer

Haydn joined GamesIndustry.biz in 2017 having previously worked as a regional journalist, and a political campaigns manager before that. He is also one of the UK's foremost Sonic the Hedgehog apologists.

Recent articles by Haydn Taylor

End of a Saga: What Stoic learnt from the Mass Effect finale

Studio co-founder and ex-BioWare dev Arnie Jorgensen joins producer Zeb West to discuss ending the Banner Saga trilogy

By Haydn Taylor

Guerrilla Games to nearly double its staff with planned office move

CEO Hermen Hulst wants to shorten production time to three years

By Haydn Taylor

Muriel Tramis becomes second-ever game designer awarded the Legion of Honour

Industry pioneer receives highest order of merit for military or civil service in France

By Haydn Taylor

Star Citizen backer loses court case for $4,500 refund

Arbitration clause in end-user license agreement protects developer RSI from refund claims in court

By Haydn Taylor

Niantic acquires VR and mobile developer Seismic Games

Deal marks fourth acquisition by Niantic since November 2017

By Haydn Taylor

Challenging videogame music tropes

"Music doesn't exist for a passive viewer... it's the player's emotional reality," says composer James Hannigan

By Haydn Taylor

Earn while you play start-up Blast secures $12m seed funding

"If you can attach a positive outcome to something that people already do and love, like gaming, you can change lives"

By Haydn Taylor

Toxicity in Overwatch down by over a quarter following new measures from Blizzard

Game director promises further improvement along with exploration and implementation of new systems

By Haydn Taylor

Jade Raymond on applying lessons from Assassin's Creed to her new project at EA

The original game was designed as a "sandbox for creatives" with the intention to "hand off the keys to other professionals"

By Haydn Taylor

Arena of Valor revenue passes $3m seven months after US release

Western release fails to find same traction as multi-billion-dollar Chinese original

By Haydn Taylor

Tropico publisher acquires Commandos franchise among others

Kalypso Media: "We see it as our responsibility to want to revive and further develop these beloved games for the fans around the world”

By Haydn Taylor

Ninja Theory dominates the Develop Awards

Meanwhile, EA's Jade Raymond recognised with inaugural vanguard award

By Haydn Taylor

"You can't trust people": How to stop your playtesters lying to you

Nano Games' Dr Paweł Strojny on harnessing psychological research tools to improve your playtesting

By Haydn Taylor

Shuhei Yoshida reflects on the PS2 launch: "We were awfully unprepared"

President of SIE Worldwide Studios discusses what went wrong and what went right for PlayStation over the years

By Haydn Taylor

Nintendo, Valve, Sony, and EA reported in Norway for breaching European consumer law

UPDATE: NCC reports Nintendo to German authorities after dropping other complaints

By Haydn Taylor

ArenaNet cuts ties with Guild Wars 2 writers after Twitter spat

UPDATE: "We are committed to fostering open, constructive dialogue with our community" reads ArenaNet statement

By Haydn Taylor

Women in Games launches strategy on improving gender diversity in esports

Encouraging women to participate in the industry is critical for the commercial success of the industry, says advocacy group

By Haydn Taylor

Keywords Studios reveals new venture capital arm

Keywords Ventures launches with initial Ł300,000 investment into GDPR compliance app developer

By Haydn Taylor

Todd Howard: Service-based Fallout 76 doesn't mark the future direction of Bethesda

"Anyone who has ever said 'this is the future and this part of gaming is dead' has been proven wrong every single time"

By Haydn Taylor

Fortnite mobile has half the downloads of PUBG, but five times the revenue

PUBG gains ground but can't compete with Fortnite's $92 million gross lifetime revenue

By Haydn Taylor

Switch version of Fox N Forests outsells PlayStation 4 by 4:1

Director Rupert Ochsner: "[The] Switch is our best platform to date"

By Haydn Taylor

Pokémon Quest generates $3m in first week on mobile

Becomes No. 1 most downloaded free game on Japanese App Store

By Haydn Taylor

Jonathan Blow: "C++ is a weird mess"

The Witness developer on his new programming language that could increase productivity by 50 to 80 per cent

By Haydn Taylor

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