Interesting read for Train2Game students: Rocksteady on the Game Design of Batman: Arkham City

Here’s one for those of you on the Train2Game Game Design course. In an interview with The Guardian, Rocksteady Studios Game Director Sefton Hill gives a massive insight into the Game Design of the upcoming Batman: Arkham City.

It also reveals what goes behind the scenes at the game developer, useful for anyone on a Train2Game course!

The Train2Game blog reported that Batman: Arkham City was in development in August last year.

“You need an engaging storyline created around compelling characters in a beautifully realised world, all built on the bedrock of original and fun core gameplay mechanics”

“No longer is it sufficient to excel in any one of these areas if you want to stand out.” said Hill when asked what Game Design features are needed for an action adventure title.”

“At Rocksteady, working on Batman: Arkham City, we started with two key driving forces: everything we do is built around creating a fun experience and this experience must be completely authentic to Batman and his universe.”

“In terms of what the content is, it’s simply about what excites us. I believe the only way to make something that people will feel passionate about is if you feel inspired by the ideas yourself. We don’t try and second guess what other people want; we make the game we want to play.”

That could be useful advice to those on a Train2Game course who’re looking at making their own games in the near future, make something that you find fun and it’s likely it will be fun!

The Batman: Arkham City Game Director was asked if Rocksteady subscribed to any particular theories of Game  Design.

“There are many different trends, but personally I believe there is no magic bullet [Game] Design theory that fits all situations,” Hill replied

“At Rocksteady, we believe the solution is to be flexible. Depending on what area of the game we’re designing, different people will be involved and different processes will be used.”

He continued, “We have a totally different approach when we design levels, to story, to bosses and to core gameplay mechanics.”

“Some of these processes involve repeated iterations and reviews by a large group over a number of days and some require monthly reviews by just a couple of people over the entire duration of the project.”

If there’s one thing we always strive to do though, it’s to keep the [Game] Design process as inclusive as possible. We have a team full of incredibly talented staff and great ideas come from everyone.”

Hill concluded by discussing the future of Game Design. Of course, those on the Train2Game Game Design course now would very much like to be a part of that!

“The beauty of video game development is that the potential for new ideas is incredible. The industry is so aggressively creative that the parameters of what is even possible changes every few years. It’s what makes working in this industry so challenging, competitive and rewarding.” he concluded.

Batman: Arkham City is scheduled for release on October 21st, see the trailer here on the Train2Game blog.

What are your thoughts on the Game Design behind Batman: Arkham City? And how about how Rocksteady Studios develop games? Are you looking forward to the title?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: The Guardian]

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