Zac Litton (CTO, Telltale Games)
Stephen Stanford (Product Manager, Backlight Gem)
Location: Room 3009, West Hall
Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass
Production & Team Leadership
Vault Recording: Not Recorded
Audience Level: All
Developing a modern and effective narrative pipeline that empowers writers while facilitating iteration and production tracking can be challenging and daunting. Between the wide array of available tools and the ever-present option of custom development, it can feel the pitfalls outnumber the possibilities. But there is another path.
In this presentation, Zac Litton (CTO, Telltale Games) will illuminate his approach to narrative tool implementation. Along with Stephen Stanford (Product Manager, Backlight Gem), he will cover how his team integrated Backlight Gem – the narrative design system for interactive media creators – with Unreal Engine and custom intermediaries to successfully deliver Telltale's current writing and design pipeline. Zac will also explore practical issues in narrative tool development and illustrate how good planning, evaluation, and feature rollout can alleviate these challenges.
Attendees will leave this session with a practical understanding of how Telltale chooses its creative tools. They will gain insight into Telltale's process of evaluating, developing, and integrating narrative game content workflows through scriptwriting, design visualization, and production tracking.
The audience for this presentation is anyone involved in the decision-making or evaluation group for narrative tools and pipelines, including creative authors, tool developers, technical leads, and producers.