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Level Design Workshop: 'Hitman' Levels as Social Spaces: The Social Anthropology of Level Design

Mette Podenphant Andersen  (Level Designer, IO Interactive)

Location: Room 301, South Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Topic: Design

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Level Design Workshop

Vault Recording: Video

This talk will consist of three sections. First, Mette will cover framing and the analysis that sparked a change in the way the 'Hitman 2' team approached level design. Next, she will present an analysis of what happens when you look at game spaces as social spaces, and how that played out in the pre-production design of the levels in 'Hitman 2'. Finally, Mette will discuss how the results of this exercise resulted in coining some new phrases and concepts that affected 'Hitman 2' from pre-production onward.


Attendees will gain insight into what it means to design 'Hitman' levels at IO and how to adapt academic (or just “other”) perspectives once in awhile, just to shake things up.

Intended Audience

This talk is geared primarily toward level designers of any experience level, and could be of interest for environment artists, game designers and students or researchers.