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Markus Montola (Senior Game Designer, Next Games)
Sulka Haro (Game Designer / Developer, Next Games/Nightscout)
Location: Room 2016, West Hall
Date: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!
Topic: Mobile Summit
Vault Recording: Video
Audience Level: All
The 'Walking Dead: Our World' is a simple location-based game about shooting walkers in your real environment. As the player learns the ropes, however, seemingly small layers of decision-making depth are added on the simple core loop. As the map location provides players with opportunities, and resource limitations restrict their choices, the players need to balance opportunities and risks to optimize their gameplay. Several novel social mechanics create this smart depth, including player-created buildings persisting in location, complex 25-player challenges where players need to play their strengths, and flares that allow players limited movement on the map.
The design analysis shows how social and location-based elements can be used to create emergent smart depth to your core loop. In this kind of gameplay, casual players will have easy time getting quick rewards, while advanced players will face the constant emergent puzzle on how to optimise their progress.
This talk is aimed for mobile game designers and producers interested in adding social and location-based depth to their metagame loops.