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Independent Games Summit: 'Void Bastards': A Game About Doors

Farbs Farbs (Farbs, Farbs)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core+Summits Pass, Summits Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Independent Games

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Void Bastards is a strategic shooter. As a strategic game it's a dense web of interconnected systems, and as a shooter there's a lot of spatial gameplay. To our surprise, this meant nearly every gameplay system impacted our primary mechanism for dynamically adjusting the play space: Doors.

This session packs in many of the small design discoveries and missteps we made throughout Void Bastards' development, with a heavy but nonexclusive door-focus.


Attendees will take away a grab bag of design discoveries in sub-fields ranging from level design to gamepad assists, AI behaviour, player testing and gameplay variation.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for anyone who contributes to game design or writes gameplay code. No prerequisite knowledge is required.