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Designing 'Path of Exile' to Be Played Forever

Chris Wilson (Managing Director, Grinding Gear Games)

Location: Room 210, South Hall

Date: Friday, March 22

Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Tutorials: N/A

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Since its release in 2013, the player base of 'Path of Exile' has grown from hundreds of thousands to millions of active players by having a plan for sustainable long-term development.

In this session, Chris Wilson will describe how 'Path of Exile' has been designed to retain and grow its community for the very long term. He will cover how to structure releases into seasons with predictable release dates and scope, how to re-use content for rapid development, how to use procedural generation to keep content from feeling stale, how to employ multiple overlapping axes of randomness for additional replayability, how to design deep gameplay systems that keep players engaged and how to grow a community over a long period of time.


Attendees will gain understanding of how to design online games for maximum replayability as well as how to foster a community for long-term growth.

Intended Audience

Anyone working on a games-as-a-service game title.