GDC Europe organizers have announced a rare lecture from Another World creator Eric Chahi on his new title Project Dust, also debuting an ESA/G.A.M.E. panel and a Heavy Rain production talk.
These lectures are the latest to be announced for the 2010 Game Developers Conference Europe event, which will take place August 16th-18th, and is located in Cologne, Germany alongside GamesCom, the leading regional trade and consumer show.
The notable new speakers for this must-attend show for European game developers are led by Ubisoft’s Eric Chahi, the creator of seminal adventure game Another World (also known as Out Of This World) in the early ’90s.
Chahi has recently returned to the game industry, and is presenting a lecture with Ronan Bel of Ubisoft called ‘Creating a High-Performance Simulation: A Dynamic Natural World to Play With’. In it, the duo will introduce Galileo, “a real-time simulator of flowing water, lava, erosion, sedimentation and vegetation”, and its use as foundation for a fully dynamic world-based game, the just-announced Project Dust.
In addition, a panel called ‘Building Grassroots Video Game Activist Networks’ sees Richard Taylor of the Entertainment Software Association and Stephan Reichart of G.A.M.E. (the German Games Developers Association) team with Crytek’s Avni Yerli and additional, yet to be announced panelists to discuss how the industry can guard against censorship by using its biggest advocates – its fans.
Finally, one of Europe’s key, critically acclaimed games of 2009 is examined in detail by Quantic Dream’s Charles Coutier in his lecture, ‘A Challenging Production: Heavy Rain‘. The talk will focus on the French developer’s iterative processes and adaptive management approach in making the atypical title, with plenty of specifics on asset management and outsourcing practices discussed.
These latest announcements are part of a large GDC Europe line-up that includes lectures and panels from Remedy art director Saku Lehtinen on Alan Wake, Ensemble co-founder Bruce Shelley on creating a design proposal, plus a keynote from Chinese online game powerhouse Tencent.
Other talks in the packed line-up include significant lectures from Quantic Dream’s David Cage, InstantAction’s Lou Castle, and the creators of Crysis 2, APB and Split/Second, plus other lectures and keynotes from Sony, Playdom, and German gaming powerhouse Bigpoint (Battlestar Galactica MMO).
The conference, taking place Monday through Wednesday August 16-18, 2010 at the Cologne Congress Center East in Cologne, Germany, aims to present the leading game industry event for developers, consumers, publishers and trade professionals. The event will run alongside the major GamesCom event, to which free access is available for non-student GDC Europe passholders.
For more information on GDC Europe, for which reduced price registration is in place until July 21st — visit the official Game Developers Conference Europe website.