At some point in the recent past, folks at Criterion Games became convinced that the way the industry has built AAA games is incredibly damaging to people, quality, and innovation.
At GDC 2016, Criterion's Alex Mole explained how, after a change of leadership in early 2014, the studio started to build a process aimed at maximising efficiency through a highly-motivated team with enough big-picture context to make great decisions all the time.
He broke down how the studio took inspiration from other triple-A studios and indie developers, and also made use of science to motivate people by providing them room to establish "autonomy, mastery, and purpose."
It was an interesting talk that went into some detail about Criterion's game production process, as well as the team's findings of what worked well and what didn't.
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