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'Final Fantasy VII' Remake: Automating Quality Assurance and the Tools for the Future

Fabien Gravot  (PhD, SQUARE-ENIX)

Date: Thursday, July 22

Time: 3:40pm - 4:10pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I would like to deliver a virtual presentation only

As games become more complex QA cost increases dramatically. To mitigate this, QA automation can be used, but most impressive systems still rely heavily on engine specific implementation. For FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE we have developed a new replay system which can reduce greatly the cost of supporting new project. Moreover this replay system is able to build its own map from player movement and also can explore a level on its own. Combining replay and exploration allows an increased range of tests while still allowing to play the game from start to end.


Attendees will develop an understanding of a movement toward game-agnostic QA automation systems; through demonstration of different technologies, like replay of non-deterministic games and game exploration combined with the mapping of the explored area. It will explore how combining those techniques can help to remove some of their respective weaknesses.

Intended Audience

The presentation explains most of the underlying algorithm of the system, and as such, the primary audience is programmers. However, it also demonstrates use cases that are relevant to Project Managers or persons-in-charge of Quality Assurance.