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The Secrets to Creating an Indie Game Franchise

Summit Speaker:

Christy Dena (Writer, Designer & Director, Universe Creation 101)

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 19

Time: 4:40pm - 5:10pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Game Narrative Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

You've seen how Blizzard has extended the 'Overwatch' game into animated shorts and digital comics, the same with Ubisoft's 'Assassin's Creed', Bungie's 'Halo' and many other franchises. You might be thinking about how you can extend your own game on a much smaller budget, like Jordan Thomas did with 'The Magic Circle' game and associated in-fiction websites. How do you decide what extensions to create? In this talk, Christy Dena will detail what players find appealing about these extensions. Using examples from existing games, you'll be given guidelines on how to make effective choices to make satisfying experience for your players.


Attendees will come away with techniques to choose what media they should extend their game into. They will come away with a range of options to draw on, and the contexts influencing their selection.