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The Art of 'Triage' in Online Game Development

Richard Vogel  (VP of Production, Certain Affinity)

Date: Friday, July 23

Time: 4:20pm - 4:50pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

Properly triaging a game is an art. Doing it right could take a game from being a mediocre player experience to being a great player experience. I will discuss how triage changes through the product development lifecycle. How time, money, and resources play into triage. The dangers of outside pressures placed on the project too early like determining the final budget, resources, and timeline before the core gameplay loops are fully baked. I will provide examples of effective techniques and tools I have used over the years to help better triage a game. The two main areas of focus in my presentation will discuss the journey to come up with a minimum viable product for launch and how to maintain the right level of quality control throughout the production lifecycle. Providing examples of how to strike the right balance of quality features/content at launch that will keep the player engaged while the team is fixing launch issues and getting ready for the next content release.


Provide attendees with a playbook for properly triaging a game from the concept to launch.

Intended Audience

Anyone who is developing AAA online games for PC and console. Building a successful game is a multi-disciplinary problem and triaging is one very important tool to help a development team realize their dream.