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Bringing Orphea to 'Heroes of the Storm'

Lana Bachynski (Animator, Blizzard Entertainment)

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Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Ever wonder how Blizzard Entertainment brings a new character to life in 'Heroes of the Storm'? This session will cover the art and animation process from first concept to final implementation through the lens of Orphea's development process.

In this talk, animator Lana Bachynski will detail what it takes to bring a new character into a pre-established eco-system, finding balance between multiple franchises with distinctly different art styles, and the techniques used to create powerful silhouettes, and intuitive motion all around a set of beliefs that value "gameplay first".

This talk, at its core, is about animation as a service, and how animation can help cultivate positive experiences for both players and developers alike.


Attendees will leave with insight into the development pipeline of 'Heroes of the Storm', tips to level-up their animation fundamentals, and how best to work with and understand your role among a variety of other disciplines.

Intended Audience

'Heroes of the Storm' fans, animators, and other disciplines specifically interested in an art pipeline from Blizzard Entertainment.