This week I’ve been working on the environmental design for a game called Escape. This means that I’ve been working on created game spaces, where the character is supposed to interact with the dangers and objectives of our game.
We are in need of these rooms for our level editor to quickly be able to create our levels, these levels are supposed to be creating the difficulty of the game and as the player progresses the room design need to become more advanced.
So what are important when working on our level design, the first thing I’ve been thinking about is what our levels are supposed to symbolize. In this case our levels represent office areas where people work from day to day. Also the areas are used by different kind of people, secretaries, bosses, paper pushers. So the offices differentiate in both how many that work in them and their lay out. A boss’s office might have sofas and fancy carpets, while a standard worker might work in a room with 7 other people.
So after I had abstracted what they were to symbolize I started working with how the rooms would flow. What would a room mean to the player, so I started by creating rooms that were easy to pass through, with almost no line of sight blockers. But as the player progresses he/she will encounter room with high bookshelves and obscuring objects. That will limit his or her line of sight, creating an even bigger challenge.
The reason I’ve been working on these are so that we can quickly create a level, as this streamlines our workflow and lets us as a group create interesting levels quicker than without them. Also every room can be modified easily, to allow for total customization if necessary.
I’ve been working in Photoshop to create these rooms, with props created by another person in our team, called Henrik Forsman in my team, I’ve also been researching a little bit by reading either New Riders Fundamentals of Game Design, 2nd Edition by Ernest Adams or scrambling around on the internet.
So to sum it up, I’ve been working on several different room drafts, each having a differentiating amount of furniture and line of sight blockers, these rooms are supposed to be used for designing the levels of our game, With Intent (for now).
So have a good one from a Van and a Game Designer!