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Making 'Tetris Effect'-ive

Tetsuya Mizuguchi  (Founder, Enhance, Inc.)

Mark MacDonald  (VP BizDev and Production, Enhance, Inc.)

Takashi Ishihara  (Artist, Art Director, Director, Enhance, Inc.)

Location: Room 303, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

How do you reinvent a game already regarded as perfect? How do you take an IP with dozens and dozens of iterations over 30 years and make it feel fresh again? And how do you balance old and new, what to keep and what to change, in the latest version of one of the most beloved games of all time? Join producers Tetsuya Mizuguchi and Mark MacDonald and director Takashi Ishihara as they detail their attempts to do just that with 'Tetris Effect', through a combination of extensive pre-production, prototyping, iteration, and user testing.


This session will walk attendees through a detailed example of creating a new version of an established franchise, including lessons applicable to almost all aspects of general game production, from previsualization through launch.

Intended Audience

Anyone who appreciated Tetris Effect's approach to the franchise and would like to learn more.