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Live Service Release Planning: Maintaining 'Destiny 2'

Shawna Williams  (Technical Program Manager, Bungie)

Location: Room 2001, West Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

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

Topic: Production & Team Leadership

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Since Destiny 2's initial launch in 2017, Bungie has iterated on its live game release philosophy in search of greater patch predictability and shipping sustainability. This talk will look under the hood at how release planning enables a large online game to ship large expansions, seasonal updates, scheduled maintenance patches, and emergency hotfixes across multiple content creator teams. Lessons and techniques include branch management, a live game triage "watch rotation," metrics to define level of response and KPIs to critically look at heroics, and reachability during times of year when most of the studio is out on vacation.


Attendees will take away ways of framing and classifying release types to budget, schedule, and plan for them in advance, and strategies for maintaining a live game.

Intended Audience

Release Managers, Producers, Technical Program Managers, Test Leads, Engineers, and anyone who sits in Triage for a live game.

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