MONDAY, MARCH 14TH
Blending autonomy and control: Creating NPCs for The Division
10 to 11am, Room 134, North Hall
Massive Entertainment’s senior AI programmer Philip Dunstan and game designer Drew Rechner reveal how they’re populating The Division’s devastated New York City with enemy NPCs that can navigate an open world
Rendering Hitman with DirectX 12
11.20 to 11.50am, Room 135, North Hall
Tutorials & Bootcamps
IO Interactive details the tools that help give the new Hitman its stylish visuals and reveals how the team makes the most of DirectX 12.
Catch ‘Em All: Pokémon Go and Real World Gaming
3 to 3.30pm, Room 2001, West Hall
Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit
Niantic CEO John Hanke will give attendees a first look at the upcoming mobile spin-off Pokémon Go and discuss how the team used its learning from Ingress to build a game where players are encouraged to interact.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH
Raid on Rise: Narrative creation on Rise of the Tomb Raider
10 to 11am, Room 3016, West Hall
Game Narrative Summit
Rhianna Pratchett is joined by the narrative and creative teams from Crystal Dynamics as they reflect on the continuing reinvention of gaming icon Lara Croft and how story and characterisation can be essential to success in the triple-A space.
The Vainglory Story: Five lessons from building a touch screen eSport
3.50 to 4.20pm, Room 2020, West Hall
Super Evil Megacorp COO Kristian Segerstrale will share the biggest insights from the rise of Vainglory, a title that has become a major eSports player within a year of its launch.
Immersive Cinema: Stories from the experiments underway at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB
5.30 to 6.30pm, Room 2002, West Hall
Entertainment VR/AR track
The experts at Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound give a rare look at the experiments the creative minds behind Star Wars are working on.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH
Texturing Uncharted 4: A matter of Substance
11am to 12pm, Room 2014, West Hall
Visual Arts track
Naughty Dog artists discuss how they used Allegorithmic’s Substance toolset for texture and asset creation in the upcoming Uncharted 4.
Best Practices: User conversion, payment flows and in-game economy management
2 to 3pm, Room 2011, West Hall
SuperData’s Joost Van Dreunen and Stephanie Llamas explore the biggest challenges devs face when asking players to open their wallets.
Fallout 4’s Modular Level Design
3.30 to 4.30pm, Room 135, North Hall
Design & Visual Arts tracks
Putting in a rare GDC appearance, Bethesda Game Studios will offer an analysis of the techniques used to help a relatively small content team design Fallout 4’s enormous game world.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17TH
Lighting the City of Glass – Rendering Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
10 to 11am, Room 2020, West Hall
Visual Arts track
Fabien Christin, senior lighting artist at EA DICE, talks attendees through the tools and technology used to create the metropolis setting of this year’s Mirror’s Edge reboot.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: London wasn’t built in a day
4 to 5pm, Room 2005, West Hall
Ubisoft’s lead tools developer Damien Bastian reveals the methods of
world-building that saw last year’s Assassin’s Creed take shape, such as road mesh generation and building placement, as well as showing the evolution of the virtual Victorian London.
History and Game Design
5.30 to 6.30pm, Room 2001, West Hall
Paradox Interactive shares how it balances creating a game that is historically accurate while still mechanically enjoyable. The studio will be using examples from its own franchises, such as Crusader Kings.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH
Rules for Development (of People)
10 to 11am, Room 3005, West Hall
Blizzard’s senior HR manager Julie Farbaniec lays down four rules that will help you accelerate your staff’s development, using practical examples from the studio’s own experiences.
Classic Game Postmortem: Diablo
3 to 4pm, Room 134, North Hall
Design & Programming tracks
Veteran developer David Brevik dissects the transformation of the iconic RPG and reveals how it became a modern classic.
There are, of course, hundreds more sessions to choose from. Find them at schedule.gdconf.com.