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Session Name: Art of 'Sky: Children of the Light'
Speaker(s): Yuichiro Tanabe
Company Name(s): ThatGameCompany
Track / Format: Visual Arts

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Overview: Sky: Children of the Light (Sky) is a spiritual successor to Flower and Journey, a mobile online multiplayer game developed by thatgamecompany.This talk covers how the art team applies the studio philosophy to the visualization of the game to achieve the goal of creating a positive emotional experience that connects players worldwide and appealing to all ages.The presentation will discuss about three main elements in the game; environment, theming and progression of levels, and character design.For the environment you will see how the "light" is used both visually and thematically in making emotional environments. Then through multiple levels you see how different themes are used to show an emotional progression, and finally go over character design to share challenges faced in designing characters for an online multiplayer game.

GDC Summer 2020

Yuichiro Tanabe


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Visual Arts

Visual Arts