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Facing Our Failures: Creating 3D Environments from a 2D Legacy for 'Darkest Dungeon II'

Marielle Fox  (Lead Environment Artist, Red Hook Studios)

Location: Room 2010, West Hall

Date: Friday, March 22

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

In this session, Red Hook Studios' Lead Environment Artist, Marielle Fox, will discuss the pillars of Darkest Dungeon 2's environment art creation and how the art team established their unique workflow.

She will share the experiences of the team and the challenges they faced while trying to transition the 2D art style of the first Darkest Dungeon game to 3D for the sequel. They will cover various methods that the team experimented with, and how, through a few failures, they managed to develop an elegant solution that fit the project's needs and resources perfectly.

This presentation will also discuss various rendering and procedural generation techniques that Red Hook developed and maintained, in order to achieve the look and tone of various 3D worlds in the style of Darkest Dungeon.


Attendees will learn about various art creation pipelines and gain an in-depth understanding into some of the challenges that Red Hook Studios faced when tasked with transitioning a 2D art style to 3D.

Intended Audience

This is for game developers of all experience levels, particularly those interested in visual art creation and direction. No prior knowledge is required.

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