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Art Direction Summit: Creating Narrative Context for Store Cosmetics

Tori Schafer  (Senior Narrative & Content Designer, Proletariat Inc.)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 1:20pm - 1:50pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

Creating cosmetics for games can seem like a daunting task, especially when your game relies heavily on those purchases. What are players drawn to? How can you increase engagement? What is going to sell well? Proletariat has found that the best cosmetics are created when their narrative and art team collaborates together to create skins, items, and VFX with both appealing narrative themes and visuals. Join Senior Narrative Designer Tori Schafer as she explains how Spellbreak's narrative and art teams collaborate to create cosmetics that players are excited to purchase.


Attendees will learn how narrative teams and art teams can collaborate to create cosmetics that players are excited to purchase. They will also know the "lessons learned" from the failures and successes of Spellbreak's cosmetic sales, and how that ties back to strong themes.

Intended Audience

There is no prerequisite knowledge necessary for understanding our session. It will best benefit game artists, narrative designers, and writers.