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Beyond Fun: Difficult Topics Inspire Story and Design – Monday 10:00am-10:25am
Summary: This panel seeks to explore the ways in which story impacts gameplay. The speakers will be giving scriptwriters advice on how they can use diverse and even difficult narrative subjects to inspire game and mission design.
Animation Bootcamp: Animating the Spy Fantasy in Splinter Cell – Monday 1:45pm-2:45pm
Summary: A more technical presentation focusing on the animation pillars for Splinter Cell: Blacklist and the technical challenges the team faced, as well as how they overcame those challenges.
Microtalks: Retention Tips for Free-to-Play Genres – Monday 4:30pm-5:30pm
Summary: How do you keep players interested in your free-to-play game? This presentation calls upon 5 seasoned vets to discuss the topic of retention.
It’s Not in the Writer’s Manual: A Q&A Session for New Writers – Tuesday 12:30pm-1:30pm
Summary: Straight Q&A where beginning writers can ask vets whatever they so desire.
Technical Artist Bootcamp: Virtual Camera System – Tuesday 1:45pm-2:45pm
Summary: This is a tech-heavy presentation focusing on the new virtual camera system built in conjunction with the Watch Dogs production team.
Meaningful Companion Apps for AAA Console Titles – Tuesday 3:00pm-3:45pm
Summary: How do you use companion apps to provide players with a better overall experience? This session details the process of making a meaningful AAA companion app for a AAA console title.
World of Tanks: An Outsider’s Analysis – Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm
Summary: Teut analyses World of Tanks to show the audience how World of Tanks became so successful. Audience members will hopefully also come away with an understanding of how to monetize their own progression-based games fairly.
Rayman Legends: The Design Process Within the UbiArt Framework – Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm
Summary: This presentation details how the team behind Rayman Legends used the unique UbiArt Framework to build the world in the game.
What Modern Interior Design Teaches Us About Environment Art – Wednesday 11:00am-11:25am
Summary: Have you ever wondered if there’s a connection between interior design techniques and level art and design? Well there is and this panel sheds some light on those connections.
Game Writers’ Roundtable: Tricks, Tips and Techniques: Beginners & Students – Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm
Summary: This is the first of three roundtable sessions on game writing moderated by Richard Dansky (regular blog contributor). This presentation focuses on the things every new game writer needs to know.
Modeling AI Perception and Awareness in Splinter Cell: Blacklist – 2:35pm-3:00pm
Summary: This presentation is about what works and what doesn’t for modeling perception and awareness in a realistic game.
Make Things Worse: Enabling Setbacks for Consequential Play – Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm
Summary: Patrick Redding believes there must be some setbacks in a game in order for players to have a meaningful experience. But how do you ensure these setbacks enhance the game and don’t stray into the dangerous territory of tedium and guesswork?
Where are the Sharks? User Research in the Far Cry Production Pipeline – Thursday 10:00am-11:00am
Summary: When is the right time to run playtests? How often should you run them? How do you use the feedback in a way that doesn’t compromise the creative vision for the project? This presentation answers all these questions by explaining how the team at Ubisoft Montreal went through the process with Far Cry 3.
Game Writers’ Roundtable: Tricks, Tips and Techniques: Working Professionals – Thursday 10:00am-11:00am
Summary: The second Game Writers’ Roundtable focuses on working writers and provides helpful insights on interacting with a team and improving the working experience, among other topics.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Road to Next-Gen Graphics – Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm
Summary: This highly technical presentation is all about nest-gen advancements and what we achieved with new consoles, using Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag as an example.
High Value Monetizers – Debunking Assumptions Using Personality Psychology – Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm
Summary: This presentation features a case study of how to apply robust psychometric and statistical tools to understand gamer behavior.
Enter the Stage: Cinematic Dialogue in Performance Capture – Thursday 2:30pm-2:55pm
Summary: This presentation provides a step-by-step look at how the team at Ubisoft Toronto produced the cinematic dialogue in Splinter Cell Blacklist.
The Art of Child of Light – Thursday 2:30pm-3:30pm
Summary: How did the team behind Child of Light create the stunning living watercolor art for the game? This presentation explores the process of creating the art as well as various iterations the main character went through before landing on the final version.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Multiplayer – Crafting Good Monetization on the Traditional Console – Thursday 5:30-6:30
Summary: This is another panel focusing on monetization and how to make it work while ensuring it doesn’t hinder a player’s experience or make them feel “trapped” into paying to play.
Smoldering Conflicts: Managing Cross-Cultural Teams – Thursday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Summary: It’s incredibly common for development teams to be comprised of members from many different nations. How do you properly manage a cross-cultural team and keep each team member comfortable in their work environment?
Super Spy Crash Course: Teaching Players in Splinter Cell Blacklist – Friday 10:35am-11:00am
Summary: How do you make the perfect tutorial? Laurent Malville shows the audience how his team used tutorials to teach players how to be stealthy in Splinter Cell Blacklist.
Modernizing Splinter Cell’s Gunplay – Friday 2:30pm-3:30pm
Summary: How do you find the balance between realistic weapons and fun weapons? That’s something the makers of Splinter Cell Blacklist spent a lot of time researching and James Everett is bringing their findings to this session.
Game Writers’ Roundtable: Tricks, Tips and Techniques: Experienced Experts – Friday 2:30pm-3:30pm
Summary: The final Game Writers’ Roundtable is aimed at the more experienced game writers and covers specific issues they face.
Every day of GDC Ubisoft will host an open lounge at West Hall in the lobby area of the third floor. Attendees will be able to stop by and pick our developers’ brains during the designated hours and get an idea of how we work here at Ubisoft. Along with devs on hand to answer questions in an informal environment, there will be a demo pod for the UbiArt Framework. It’s also the perfect place to drop off a resume, if you’re interested in exploring career opportunities with any of our studios! The lounge hours are as follows: