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'Mutazione' Visualised

Nils Deneken  (Creative Director, Die Gute Fabrik)

Date: Wednesday, July 21

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

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

Creating a coherent game world, which feels alive, credible and grounded. Mutazione is set in a fantastical world with mutant characters, but the places and characters in die Gute Fabrik's latest release feel relatable and believable. Creative and Art Director Nils Deneken will step the audience through the process of creating its world and characters. He zooms out to a conceptual level, to gradually zoom in on several aspects of the creation of the game world, with a main focus on places, characters and how they're intertwined.
The talk will span areas of concept art, environment design, character design, storytelling, art direction, creative direction and illustration.


The process and considerations of Mutazione's world creation can be scaled and applied to a variety of games the attendees work on. They will learn how to create characters and places that feel alive, credible and relatable.

Intended Audience

The talk will benefit everyone who works with the visualisation of fictional worlds: artists, art directors, concept artists, visual storytellers, creative directors, and people working close with them. It will also benefit attendees working with narrative and other aspects of world building, like writers and composers.