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GDC 2013 Interview with Justin Ma

By design3 | Published Aug 15 2013 02:38 PM in Interviews
Peer Reviewed by (Gaiiden, ivan.spasov, Josh Vega)

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How long does it take to develop a game? Justin Ma, co-developer of the award winning game, FTL: Faster Than Light, has been there and back. design3 got a chance to chat with Justin at GDC 2013, where he shared the details on his previous work in China, his unbelievable Kickstarter success, the work it took to create FTL, the design tools used, and more.


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