The world of print video game journalism is in a pretty rough place right now, with companies like Future Publishing shutting down long-running mags as readership dwindles in the face of online competition.
However, one company is bucking this trend by launching a new magazine. Wireframe is a fortnightly publication that will cost £3 per issue but will also be available to download for free, and comes courtesy of Raspberry Pi - yes, that's the same UK company that makes those little computers that are found in so many retro emulation setups these days.
Wireframe aims to deliver a behind-the-scenes perspective on games and the people who work so hard to make them, and issue one will contain an interview with none other than Alex Hutchinson, creative director for Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 4. The debut issue also includes an in-depth look at the history of Treasure (Sin & Punishment, Radiant Silvergun, Gunstar Heroes), one of Japan's most beloved studios. It launches on 8th November, but you can download it right now by pointing your browser here.
Wireframe is helmed by Ryan Lambie, formerly of Den of Geek. If you've been visiting Nintendo Life for a while, then you may recognise Ryan's name, as he was once a contributor here.
Here's what he had to say about the news:
Wireframe will take a more indie-focused, left-field angle than traditional gaming magazines. You’ll be as likely to see coverage of mods, early access games and development tools as you are major AAA titles.
With Wireframe, we want to give readers an inside look into games, and shed some light on how they are made. So many people dream of being games developers, and they don’t realise how accessible that dream is. We want to show that the software and the technology is there for them to start making games now.
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