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|Session Name:||Give Your Fans Tears of Joy: A 'Star Wars VR' Retrospective|
|Speaker(s):||Kieran Crimmins, Mark Bridges|
|Company Name(s):||Criterion Games, Criterion Games|
|Track / Format:||Game VR/AR|
|Overview:||It started out from a simple premise, the childhood fantasy of piloting an X-wing. When players first tried an early build, the development team was blown away by the tearful reactions. This emotional impact is the magic of VR. By focusing on the fundamentals of dramatic pacing and spectacle, combined with great game-feel and a coherent world, the team at Criterion Games created a slice of STAR WARS magic that shows what AAA VR gaming can achieve. The session dissects the X-wing VR Mission to show how it was constructed, sharing all of the team's secrets and hard-won learnings. Through detailed examples the speakers explain techniques across audio, VFX, AI, gameplay and level design that came together to balance emotional arcs alongside explosive gameplay in a comfortable VR experience. Unconventional VR concepts require unconventional explanations. Kieran Crimmins (Art Director) and Mark Bridges (Game Designer) will use props and physical demonstrations to create a memorable session about a AAA VR project from both a creative and production perspective.|