Join us for a frank talk about partnership from the Darkest Dungeon devs

Good news, game makers: Game Developers Conference officials are proud to confirm that the cofounders of Darkest Dungeon developer Red Hook Studios will be delivering a joint talk at GDC 2018 about the challenges of working as a duo.

In their Independent Games Summit talk “Partnership on ‘Darkest Dungeon‘: The Double-Edged Sword“, Red Hook cofounders Tyler Sigman and Chris Bourassa will speak frankly about how sharing almost every major decision, from business strategy to staffing to product development, can be alternately wonderful and maddening!

According to them, co-running a company in this way has unique benefits, challenges, and risks. With an unwavering commitment to (often brutal) honesty, together they will share crucial lessons learned throughout the development of Darkest Dungeon, illustrated through real examples. You won’t want to miss it!

Plus, we have plenty more GDC 2018 announcements to make in the coming months. For more information about GDC 2018 visit the show’s official website, and subscribe to regular updates via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS.

Get ready for 10 smart devs to deliver incisive, rapid-fire microtalks at GDC!

Come to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next March and you’ll be in the best place to meet and learn from the leading lights of game development, some of whom will be delivering some fantastic microtalks about cutting-edge industry topics.

For the tenth year running, the perennially popular Microtalks session is happening at GDC 2018! In “GDC Microtalks 2018: Playing with Fire,” attendees will get a rapid-fire rundown of some of the most interesting and pressing matters in the game industry.

The microtalks concept is simple: each speaker gets 20 slides, every one of which is displayed for exactly 16 seconds before automatically advancing, giving each speaker a total of five minutes and 20 seconds to tell the audience about the best game design-related revelations they’ve had this year.

Not sure how they can pack ten talks into a single hour? Come along and see how it’s done as nine great thinkers about games and play, alongside microtalks curator and MC Richard Lemarchand, give you a lightning-fast snapshot of the state of the art of game design.

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Come and see how Moss‘ endearing mouse protagonist was made

The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next March is going to be jam-packed with fascinating content, including a great presentation from the makers of Moss about how they animated the game’s charming mouse protagonist Quill.

In his Design track talk on “Animating Quill: Creating an Emotional Experience,” Polyarc animation director Richard Lico will demonstrate how VR breaks the 4th wall, elevating Quill beyond a simple player avatar.

He’ll detail the methods he uses to create honest performances, which in turn elevate the emotional bond between Quill and the player. Lastly, he will demonstrate the unique, efficient workflow and tools used to create animation in the world of Moss. This talk, at its core, is about the animation direction driving this strong, emotional response to Quill.

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These are the games you’ll play at GDC 2018’s alt.ctrl.GDC showcase!

The 2018 Game Developers Conference is just a few months away, and today organizers are excited to debut the 20 games selected to exhibit at alt.ctrl.GDC, the on-site showcase of alternative control schemes and interactions in games.

GDC 2018 attendees who stop by the alt.ctrl.GDC exhibit will have the chance to play all of these inventive and innovative games using unique, one-of-a-kind controllers.

You could, for example, pilot a spaceship while shouting madly at a nearby friend/coworker/stranger to plug different-colored wires into your controller, or play games on a special sphere studded with LEDs.

You might also play virtual golf by blowing madly into a set of sensors, or help virtual disco-loving cops save their city from a zombie invasion by slapping fake zombie heads in time to the beat.

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Speaker Q&A: Ubisoft’s Damien Kieken and Roman Campos discuss the development of For Honor

Damien Kieken and Roman Campos are game director and creative director at Ubisoft and will be at GDC 2018 to present the talk ‘For Honor’: From a Great Launch to a Challenging Live Period, which will discuss the story of their game as it travels from its betas, through its launch, to its first post-launch year.

Here, Kieken and Campos give us information about themselves and what they do.

Don’t miss out! The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next March is going to be full of interesting and informative sessions like Damien and Roman’s. For more visit the show’s official website.

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At GDC 2018, see how a diverse writers’ room created the Life Is Strange prequel

As the 2018 Game Developers Conference draws closer, organizers want to take a moment to let you know about a really interesting session taking place at the March event that’s all about the writing process of Deck Nine’s emotional narrative adventure Life Is Strange: Before the Storm.

As part of the GDC 2018 Game Narrative Summit, Deck Nine Games narrative director Zak Garriss will be delivering a talk on “Productive Dissension: How a Diverse Writers’ Room Created ‘Life is Strange: Before the Storm.”

Check it out, because Garriss aims to explain how the team adapted a TV writers’ room for the production of a 1500+ page interactive script. His talk covers the strengths and challenges of writers working together: greater diversity of representation and perspective, more eyes criticizing the work, faster iteration and production, higher quality of story, but all potentially at the risk of coherency of voice and vision becoming compromised.

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GDC and Unity debut the Unity Student Scholarship for GDC 2018!

The Game Developers Conference has partnered with Unity Technologies to launch the Unity Student Scholarship, which will give 50 students with outstanding Unity projects All Access passes to GDC 2018.

The scholarship is now open, there is no application cost and students can enter here! The deadline to submit is December 31, 2017.

“Unity is thrilled to be able to offer students who are doing outstanding work in Unity the opportunity to attend the premier professional conference for the games industry,” said Jessica Lindl, Global Head of Education at Unity Technologies. “Democratizing development and enabling success are two of Unity’s driving forces and we’re happy to be able to channel these values to students through the Unity Student Scholarship.”

The Unity Student Scholarship was created to provide learning and networking opportunities for up and coming developers. Those selected for the scholarship will receive an all-access pass for GDC 2018, which also includes access to a pre-show kickoff, hosted by GDC on-site before the week begins.

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Come and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Hellblade

Organizers are lining up a 2018 Game Developers Conference that’s full of insightful talks and events, and today they’d like to quickly highlight a talk that promises a fascinating look into the development of Ninja Theory’s remarkable Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. 

In their Advocacy track talk “Breaking Through: Psychosis and the Making of ‘Hellblade“, Ninja Theory cofounder Tameem Antoniades and commercial director Dominic Matthews will discuss the approach taken by a small team of 20 to deliver a high-quality game that touches on themes of mental illness.

In particular, they’ll focus on the team’s approach to researching and collaborating around the subject of psychosis, in order to try and deliver a compelling and thoughtful depiction.

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Come and get expert advice on making great interactive experiences for mobile devices

The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next March promises a smorgasbord of interesting and useful learning opportunities for devs, including an expert panel discussing the art of making great interactive narrative experiences on mobile.

This GDC 2018 Narrative Summit session on “Designing Great Interactive Narratives on Mobile” will feature a panel of mobile story experts from Inkle (80 Days), Big Fish Games (Lifeline), and Pocket Gems (Episode) discussing and debating how to create great narratives for mobile users, navigating shorter attention spans, on-the-go consumption, and smaller interactive screens.

The panel will be moderated by GamesRadar+ senior news editor Rachel Weber, and you’ll want to be in attendance because you’ll hear multiple perspectives on how to make the best interactive mobile narratives.

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Speaker Q&A: Art Director at ustwo games David Fernandez Huerta discusses the vision of Monument Valley 2

David Fernandez Huerta is the art director at ustwo games and will be at GDC 2018 to present the talk The Art of Monument Valley 2, which will discuss the ways in which the Monument Valley team solidified a vision for the game and all the challenges that came with making that vision a reality. Here, Fernandez Huerta gives us information about himself and what he does.

His Visual Arts and Design talk will discuss the ways in which the Monument Valley team solidified a vision for the game and all the challenges that came with making that vision a reality.

Don’t miss out! The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next March is going to be full of interesting and informative sessions like David’s. For more visit the show’s official website.

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