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Session Name: Designing 'Path of Exile' to Be Played Forever
Speaker(s): Chris Wilson
Company Name(s): Grinding Gear Games
Track / Format: Design
Overview: Since its release in 2013, the player base of 'Path of Exile' has grown from hundreds of thousands to millions of active players by having a plan for sustainable long-term development.In this session, Chris Wilson will describe how 'Path of Exile' has been designed to retain and grow its community for the very long term. He will cover how to structure releases into seasons with predictable release dates and scope, how to re-use content for rapid development, how to use procedural generation to keep content from feeling stale, how to employ multiple overlapping axes of randomness for additional replayability, how to design deep gameplay systems that keep players engaged and how to grow a community over a long period of time.

GDC 2019

Chris Wilson

Grinding Gear Games

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