In Respawn Entertainment's popular Titanfall series of mech-enhanced first-person shooters, players have the option to leap aboard and "rodeo" giant robots (the titular Titans) -- but the effect of doing so changed significantly from game to game.
At GDC 2017, Respawn's Chin Xiang Chong gave attendees a guided tour of the development of rodeo, revealing early prototypes, meditating on the lessons learned, and discussing the difficulties involved in making sure that both titan and pilot understand exactly what is happening during rodeo.
Plus, he explained the factors that convinced Respawn to make large, sweeping changes to rodeo for Titanfall 2, offering insight into how a system that seems core to your game can be changed without diluting what makes your game special.
It was a great talk, and now you can watch it completely free over on the official GDC Vault YouTube channel!
In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its new YouTube channel 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.
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