GDC Europe 2016 Schedule

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  • The Living World of 'The Witcher'

    Location:  Offenbachsaal, 1st Level
    Format: Lecture
    Track: Design, Programming
    Pass Type: Student Pass, All Access Pass - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: Video
    Audience Level: All

    'The Witcher' series of open-world role playing games have beautifully captured the spirit of Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels and immerse you in the journey of Geralt, the Witcher of Rivia. For 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt', Matthew was asked to design and develop a deep role-playing experience that would expand the existing narrative-based adventure to provide players with gameplay that spans The Witcher's vast an open world. Focusing on mechanics like the economy, loot and character progression, the challenge was how to create an immersive, rewarding experience when not engaging in the primary quest line.


    This talk will identify the fundamental mechanics that define the game's role-playing experience. It will consider the state of the game at it's release, design goals for the expansions and feedback from the social media sphere. It will also share the lessons learned and how this feedback has changed the game's design.

    Intended Audience

    This talk is for designers and programmers who are looking for insight on RPG design and the mechanics used to craft the player's experience for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansion packs. Attendees should be focused on gameplay and design with an interest in learning about overcoming some challenges they may experience.