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  1. Introduction: The Hollows is a 2v2-4v4 map which currently runs slayer and strongholds. The Hollows was designed to be a simple, straight forward layout which most players will get the hang of quickly; this map is intended to be a jack-of-all-trades which (in theory) will be capable of running a vast array of modes between multiple player counts.Design Goals: After taking multiple breaks from forge and multiple attempts at this map theme over the past couple of years, I came up with this layout to put as many of the things that I know I'm capable of into one layout; to practice what I preach, if you will and create a map which I can look back on with satisfaction. One of the most important goals I had for this map was to make sure that just about every design choice that was made, was made intentionally with a clear purpose and reason. I also made an effort to utilize framing wherever and whenever possible.My aim for the map was to create a skill gap with the geometry, to juxtapose a simple macro layout with sweaty micro gameplay and as such, it was designed with two layers in mind - the macro pathing and the micro geometry within it.As for the macro, I emphasized perimeter flow, soft bends and detours. The rolling hill style micro gameplay on the map paired with the winding paths really puts the pace of any given engagement into the hands of the player. As a player, you can choose how far up a hill or around a path you push, allowing for a tug of war style dynamic with the opposing team. The hills also help conceal player's movements without the use of walls and other physical blockers. There are also a few trick jumps around the map which more skilled players will be able to identify and use to gain the upper hand over others.As for the theme, I wanted to convey a Gothic-Industrial architectural fusion leaning towards the former. Taking inspiration from various real life and digital sources, I took a stylized approach to the building architecture; I wanted to clearly convey the theme without copying anything too specific. The map was designed with screenshots in mind, so framing naturally became the most important part of the maps appearance while also remaining an important facet of player orientation. Just about every building is framed from the right angle.Extras: Shoutout to Squally for the map name. As a disclaimer, this map was forged on the Xbox Series X, so the framerate will be severely impacted on the older generation of consoles. This map will likely be taken in Halo Infinite. Weapons: Carbine x2 Jet BR x2 Hydra Launcher x1 LightRifle x1 Boltshot x1 Sniper x1 (Excluded in Hill Modes) Speed Boost x1 (Excluded in Hill Modes) Plasma Grenade x4 Splinter Grenade x1 DL Link: https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/games/halo-5-guardians/xbox-one/map-variants?lastModifiedFilter=Everything&sortOrder=BookmarkCount&page=1&gamertag=CertifiedChamp#ugc_halo-5-guardians_xbox-one_mapvariant_CertifiedChamp_d58420b4-8f78-41c1-8325-bcd0a3894f2e
  2. Hello! My name is Nathan Kellman. I am a passionate game designer specializing in level design. Virtual Reality has been on the market for decades, and yet developers are still discovering new things. Many have learned that principles that work for a PC/console game, may not work for something in VR. I have experience with VR games but most of them had simple mechanics, more of an interactive experience than a game. This post will be about my level design process of a VR game called Whipslash, inspired by the Leviathan Axe in God of War, where players use their axes to traverse the
  3. Follow Matt Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattthorson?lang=en Website: http://www.mattmakesgames.com/ Follow Next Level Design Join the Forum: http://www.nextleveldesign.org/index.php?/register/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NextLevelDesig2 Discuss on Discord: https://discord.gg/RqEy7rg
  4. Introduction Michael Barclay started off modding in Unreal Tournament and Warcraft 3. He started off as in programming and spcripting, and eventually got into level design with stints at Free Radical Design, Crytek, and Naughty Dog, amongst others. The following are excerpts from an interview that Michael did with 80 Level. Follow the link at the end of this post to read the whole interview.Prototyping Earlier in his career, Michael typically made massive documents and spent a lot of time on level pitches. He moved away from this method over time, finding that others simply didn't have the t
  5. The level of detail required varies greatly depending upon which stage of development a project as at. Some designers are very detail focused to begin with, and work on fleshing out the larger context of that detail over time. Others start out with very basic, high level concepts, and incorporate more detail as they go along.Regardless of what your natural inclinations may be, one thing is almost universally true - when you begin translating your ideas into a virtual space via an editor, there's great benefit to starting with a rough blockout of your play space. In this short article, Andre
  6. IntroductionThe following is a recap of an article from David Ballard that was posted on 80 Level. Follow the link at the end of this post for the full article. In this article, David walks us through his multiplayer level design process. David explains that he had originally build for co-op play. Representation of the PlayerIn order to be able to understand the players will feel and interact inside a play space, it's critical to put yourself in digital shoes. From there, you must understand and support the overa
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