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Content Fueled Gameplay Programming in 'Frostpunk'

Aleksander Kauch  (Lead Game Pogrammer, 11 bit studios)

Location: Room 2006, West Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

Data driven architecture is a very common concept in video games as new features needs to be easily added by non-programming parts of the team. This paradigm is implemented in every popular game engine and it's a critical technique for empowering content creators and unlocking their creativity. This session will present the data driven gameplay architecture of 11 bit studios' in-house technology, how it affected the gameplay code of 'Frostpunk' and the game’s overall production process.


Attendees will be shown a breakdown of the major gameplay code systems for Frostpunk, and how they each support data driven content creation, including the entity system, behavior tree system, and XML game configuration system. We will present examples taken from gameplay and attendees will be shown an analysis of the system design tradeoffs that they can use when designing their own gameplay systems in future.

Intended Audience

Gameplay and engine programmers who want to empower their content creators, allowing them to create better content, faster, and unlocking their creativity by giving them direct control over gameplay features.