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The Cozy Craze: Secrets Behind Beautiful, Safe, Ritual Experiences

Chelsea Howe  (Chief Product Officer, Sunblink)

Desiree Cifre  (Narrative Director, Studio Drydock)

Location: Room 2006, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

Join Chelsea Howe (Hello Kitty Island Adventure) and Desiree Cifre (Wylde Flowers) as they discuss the secrets behind the most satisfying cozy games, what might surprise you about cozy content and gameplay, and why exactly cozy games are trending - with no end in sight. Topics include avatars, inventory, live services, economy tuning, narrative, randomness, content planning, preserving intrinsic motivation, and broader context for cozy games within the overall ecosystem.


Learn the surprising tricks behind creating games that give players a truly cozy experience. Topics include narrative design, important gameplay considerations, live service best practices, economy tuning, overall game direction, and content nuance.

Intended Audience

Any developers responsible for content and gameplay in cozy games–or those trying to make any game a bit cozier. Foundational understanding of player psychology/motivational theory is assumed.

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