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Level Design Summit: Urban Planning in Games

Ania Bulavina  (Senior Environment Artist, CD Projekt RED)

Location: Room 2001, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

This session goes through all the basic steps of city creation. It explains why urban planning is important for game environments and how it can be useful for creating readable and distinguished urban space. The talk also helps to understand how to transfer from a real city to a game city, whether this is a realistic city or a fictional one. Everything that is said in this talk works both for big open world cities in AAA projects and smaller non-open world cities with linear gameplay.


After this talk, attendees will have a clear understanding how to create a city for video games of any genre and size. They will know the main rules and parameters which define a city. They also will get a step by step pipeline of city creation and some useful tips for more specific cases.

Intended Audience

This talk is for environment artists and level designers who work in projects with urban environments, especially those who have senior and lead positions.

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