GDC is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

View, browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by pass type, topic, and format. With this Session Scheduler, you can build your schedule in advance and access it during the show via export or with the GDC Mobile App, once live. Sessions do fill up so please arrive early to sessions that you would like to attend. Adding a session to your schedule does not guarantee you a seat.

The Art of Optimizing Content for 'Borderlands 3'

Steven Strobel (Art Optimization Lead, Gearbox Software)

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

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

In this presentation, Steven will discuss how the process of optimizing content for Borderlands 3 changed compared to previous Borderlands titles due to engine changes, growing team sizes, and ever changing goals and complexity of game content. He will explore changes the team made to the Unreal engine, the process changes the team made, and various tools and guidelines the team set forth in order to ensure the most recent title in a storied franchise was as successful as possible.


Attendees will leave with an understanding of major issues that AAA titles often face and the approach that the Borderlands team took to solve and overcome these issues.

Intended Audience

Any person involved in asset or level creation, especially Technical Artists and Art Management/Production, as well as anyone developing games for consoles or with Unreal Engine 4.