Developers, how would you go about bringing a big-budget game franchise like Hitman to the mobile market as a standalone product in a way that best takes advantages of the platform’s strengths?
It’s a tricky question, but you’ll likely find at least one good answer in the GDC 2015 talk “Design by Constraints: Hitman GO Design Postmortem.” Check it to see Square Enix Montreal’s Daniel Lutz, the game director behind Hitman GO, deliver a design postmortem on the game and its unorthodox design concept: an extremely minimalistic turn-based strategy game with diorama-style set pieces.
This presentation will show how Square Enix Montreal managed to come up with such a unique design among internal controversy, and how distilling the franchise to its core and working within well-established constraints proved to be the most appropriate way to bring Hitman to a whole new level.
If a talk on unusual design and creative processes within major constraints doesn’t interest you, don’t worry — conference officials look forward to announcing more GDC 2015 sessions spanning a diverse array of game industry issues in the months ahead.
A list of all announced talks is available in the online GDC 2015 Session Scheduler, where you can begin to build your conference week and later export it to the up-to-the-minute GDC Mobile App, coming soon.
For now, don’t miss the opportunity to save money by registering early — the deadline to register for passes at a discounted rate is January 21, 2015. GDC 2015 itself will take place March 2-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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