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Alpha Puzzles + Shipped Solutions: Exploring Design Direction Across a Project

Francisco Souki  (Principal Design Manager, Schell Games)

Location: Room 3005, West Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Using footage from the alpha and final builds of the game, I Expect You To Die 3 Design Director Francisco Souki walks attendees through the design work of taking a level from halfway-done to final. "Before-and-after" comparisons illustrate specific solutions, and Francisco shares details on defining and directing the processes used to identify the problems to solve with the alpha build, and how to work with the team to define a plan for solutions.


Attendees will walk through the design direction process, examining before-and-after alpha footage and a final build, to better identify problems and work with teams to find solutions. The session showcases impactful solutions, like cutting parts of a level, drastic changes, and working through solutions that cause repercussions to other problems.

Intended Audience

This is for game designers and developers who are curious about what a halfway-built game looks like and how it gets finished. Additionally, leaders of game designers and creative process owners who are in charge of the iteration, polish and refinement process, and anyone who enjoys "before-and-after" comparisons.

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