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Transitioning from Linear to Open World Design with Sunset Overdrive


This session goes into how, after 20 years of developing linear games, Insomniac Games evolved to tackle open world design in Sunset Overdrive. It will cover some of the pitfalls and growing pains associated with such a drastic change within the studio, and go into depth in the way we restructured the design department in order to solve these new challenges. In particular, the session will cover new approaches and techniques we made to prototyping and implementing large, overlapping gameplay systems, and dealing with the problems of working in a single shared gameplay space. Special attention is given to how our design workflow on Sunset Overdrive compares and contrasts to our previous workflow on Resistance 3, a strictly linear game.

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  • GDC 2015
  • Liz England
  • Insomniac Games
  • free content
  • Design
  • Design