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Video: The trial by fire of making Little Inferno

November 19, 2014 | By Staff

November 19, 2014 | By Staff
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Games rarely turn out exactly the way you envisioned them, but the Tomorrow Corporation's debut title Little Inferno had a more convoluted development than most.

Speaking at GDC 2014's Independent Games Summit, Tomorrow Corporation cofounder Kyle Gray admitted that Little Inferno started life as an intentionally boring fireplace simulator.

Then it became an adventure game. Then an arcade game about burning the world. Then a satirical fireplace simulator with "a deep, dark secret."

Gray walked through each of these major steps in his talk and explained what went right and wrong, using concept art, pitch documents and early prototypes.

It's worth watching, and the free video (embedded above) of 'Trial by Fire: The Making of Little Inferno' is now available to watch here on the GDC Vault.

About the GDC Vault

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC, GDC Europe, and GDC Next already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.

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