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Art Direction Summit: The Natural World of 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla'

Vladimir Eskandari  (Assistant Art Director, Ubisoft Montreal)

Adrien Paguet-Brunella  (Environment Artist, Ubisoft Montreal)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 9:40am - 10:40am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

This talk covers the creation of the biomes in the latest Assassin's Creed from an art direction standpoint, through conception to asset production and procedural tools. It outlines the methods used by the art team to create a beautiful and varied world and the choices that were made to remain production efficient. Assassin's Creed being very free in terms of navigation, creating forests or any kind of natural location comes with a lot of challenges and this talk will provide you with some key learnings of our approach.


The attendees will get insights on several aspects of the game's art direction process including the research, specific choices in tools, what was made by hand or procedurally generated, the world size challenges (variety, realism), and the use of photogrammetry as a tool and not a finality.
It can be inspirational particularly for developers wanting to create a natural open world from scratch, realistic or not.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for artists, art directors and world designers, and doesn't require prerequisite knowledge.