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Cutting Apart The Diegetic Interface of 'Hardspace: Shipbreaker'

Vidhi Shah  (Designer, Blackbird Interactive)

Date: Friday, July 23

Time: 4:20pm - 4:50pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

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

This talk will discuss how game presence, specifically narrative presence; a cohesion between the gameplay and the gameworld, was achieved in Hardspace: Shipbreaker through its recent interface redesign. The talk will evaluate various UI design styles and the process of creating an amalgamation of approaches best suited for Hardspace: Shipbreaker's interfaces in order to maintain immersion while addressing usability. In order to demonstrate how the team landed on its latest interface, the talk will review the evolution of screens within the game, early attempts and concepts, design and narrative goals, that led to the redesign.


At a high level, attendees will be provided practical insights into building interfaces that fulfill the narrative, design, and visual goals. At a lower level, attendees can see strategies used in the evolution of interfaces within the game.

Intended Audience

User Interface, User Experience, and Game Designers alike who are focused on creating immersive and usable interfaces for their project. This talk is focused on designers who want to learn how to take a holistic approach to interface design. Prior knowledge about UI styles would be helpful but not necessary.