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Level Design in a Day: How We Used Iterative Level Design to Ship Skyrim and Fallout 3

Joel Burgess  |  Senior Designer, Bethesda Softworks


Location: Room 303, South Hall

Format: Tutorials & Bootcamps
Track: DesignProduction
Vault Recording: Video


Huge, open world games like Skyrim and Fallout 3 demand a great deal of development talent, and can be daunting to plan and create - especially when subject to the constant and often unpredictable flux of a game in development. This level design oriented talk will share insights into the iterative approach used at Bethesda Game Studios to help their level design team plan, implement, test and polish massive amounts of content. The talk will also discuss how this approach allows the team to maintain their staff without having to hire and fire at the whims of the project cycle.

Takeaway

Newcomers to the world of level design will gain a solid foundation in the art and science of level design, while experienced level designers will come away from the talk with a bevy of tips, tricks and best practices. Producers, artists and testers will gain an intimate understanding of the level design craft, and will be better equipped to manage and collaborate with this essential part of the game development process.

Intended Audience

Level designers, mission designers, game designers and scripters who are responsible for crafting moment-to-moment gameplay. Writers, level artists and quality assurance professionals who contribute to the level creation process. Game developers working on games or those interested in the process of creating our art form's most vast experiences.