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Audio Summit: VR Audio Adaptation of Third Person Gameplay

Kristian Rømer  (Sound Designer, IO Interactive)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 10:50am - 11:20am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Audio Pass

Topic: Audio

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 session will explore how systemic changes and dynamic mixing allowed us to reuse the content in the Hitman trilogy for our VR adaptation without recreating the entire soundscape. For players to be immersed in any virtual space, the experience needs to provide believable auditory feedback – but what are the key differences between 3rd person perspective and VR? This session will highlight changes and additions to the audio system and sound design needed for a game to conform to the boundaries of VR. Using the Hitman trilogy as a case study to showcase potential pitfalls, elements that can break player immersion, choices that may negative effects on the auditory experience. This talk centers on challenges we faced in our auditory adaptation and strives to inspire how you can port an existing soundscape to VR.


Porting a game to VR is an opportunity to explore and challenge best practices for game audio. Using our adaptation as a case study, this talk will show a fresh perspective and analysis, that aims to inform your approach to game audio, both for VR and flat-screen gameplay.

Intended Audience

This talk is targeted at game developers with interests in game audio and/or how a games audio can be ported to VR. Basic knowledge of game audio is needed, but the session is designed to be understandable for non-audio professionals as well.