LD | UE4, Climbing Practice

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Level Design practice
Unreal Engine 4.21


Goals

  • Super short level, 1 cliff
  • Train the climbing blueprints
  • Grayblocking with BSP on Unreal Engine
  • Pacing and global shapes
  • Simple Blueprints (the floor is lava, victory gif)

Objective of the map: Reach the top of the cliff.
The player is invited to find his/her way to the top of the cliff by climbing on different surfaces, jumping and avoiding lava.

Download the level here: link.

Complete walkthrough

 

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Screenshots following the path of the level

LD | UE4, Public Baths WORK IN PROGRESS

This is a work in progress, I publish updates and pictures of the project periodically on my twitter account. All the following pictures and gifs aren’t finished.

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Level Design practice
Unreal Engine 4.21


Goals

  • Grayblocking with BSP on Unreal Engine
  • Pacing and global shapes
  • Simple Blueprints (Water material, Emissive material, trigger & door)
  • Rought lighting/textures

Objective of the map: Find your target and steal his pass.
First, the player has to talk to the bartender, an old friend. He’ll mess up with the steam system, allowing the player to navigate easily around the guards. After unlocking a door, the player can pass through a maintenance corridor to access the VIP part of the baths, where the target is. As the target is in his own private bath, protected by guards, the player will go into the nearby bath and pass one floor down (the basement). The corridor goes along private baths and allows the player to listen to the target speaking with someone, revealing where the pass is. Following the under corridor, the player will arrive at the end of the VIP area, behind the large bleachers. After climbing behind those bleachers, the player can steal the pass in the pocket on one of the people sit here.

I started this level to train my level design skills on UE4. The project is simple: a grayblock level with simple shapes, the first layout of lighting (guiding the player’s eyes) and some textures and materials to help to visualize and to project into the level. I draw different maps and layouts of the level I want to create, with the different paths and basic shapes for obstacles and walls. I build it step by step in Unreal Engine 4, starting with global volumes than adding main ways and architectural guidelines. I test my map multiple times to assure the different ways, objectives, and options are clear. Details and smaller blocks are added on this first base. Lighting is an essential tool to guide the player, I set some basic lights in the level.

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Second room (VIP area) and basement, 12/14/2018

 

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First room and its metallic footbridges than maintenance corridor, 12/05/2018

 

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Current top view of the map

 

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Arriving on the main area, clear view on the first objective (NPC)

 

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Main area of the baths

 

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Main area +1 floor and its footbridges

 

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Second room, VIP area of the baths

 

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How the guidelines and lighting help the player to find the objective in the second room

 

 

First drawings of the map and its layouts

 

 

Moodboard for architecture, lighting, and atmosphere


This map takes place in a sci-fi world. Those public baths are common into big cities and spaceport on the ground (planet or moon). The baths are generally built in the buildings’ basements. It’s a mix of rusty metallic architecture and big ponds of water. Clients can be humans and other alien races, installations are adapted to them. An old rocket engine is used to create the heat and the steam for the whole installation. Recycling part of ships is common in this universe. I like to call it a garbage space lore.

Unannounced projects, Smart Tale

Narrative Survival Game, Mobile
Racing Game, Mobile
Deck Building Game, PC & Consoles
Release date: ???


Narrative & Game Designer (Intern)

  • Design brand new IPS for the studio
  • Retro-engineering on narrative games and deckbuilding/roguelike games
  • Design of the main features for a survival game and a narrative game
  • Design of the main features for a deckbuilding/roguelike game
  • Narrative systems and dynamic contents writing and design (branching dialogs, event system)
  • Worlds and lores creation
  • Management
  • Game concepts writing

I worked on 2 main projects for Smart Tale and write several game concepts and concept iterations for the studio. I was the main Game Designer of Smart Tale and in charge of managing the 2D Graphist and the main prototype development with two other developers. Both of the projects were on the pre-production/concept period.

Some examples of the mockups I made for Smart Tale

 

Some of the narrative contents I made for Smart Tale

 

Some examples of the documents I made for Smart Tale

Some documents are blurred out of respect for the studio and the concerned people.


Smart Tale website

Gear.Club Unlimited 2, Eden Games

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Racing game, Nintendo Switch
Release date: Q4 2018


Game Designer (Intern)

  • Design a brand new menu (Career Menu)
  • Redesign the flow and the navigation through different menus (flow charts, powerpoints)
  • Localization of the new menus
  • Join an on-production team with their specifics tools (Jira, Wiki, Unity add-ons and Perforce) on an existent IP

Some examples of the mockups I made for GCU2

 

Some examples of the flowcharts I made for GCU2


About the game

Developer: Eden Games
Publisher: Microïds

This new entry to the series will have you racing along on more than 1800 miles (almost 3000km) of roads on mountainsides, through nature parks, in the middle of the desert, and along the coast. Featuring more than 250 races, including championships, missions and challenges, the game will allow to go behind the wheel of more than 50 licensed cars from the world’s most famous manufacturers, such as the Porsche 718 Boxster, 918 Spyder, 911 GT2RS, Dodge Viper, Lotus 3-Eleven or McLaren 720s.

Website

Work-In-Progress images

Unannounced project, Eden Games

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Racing game, Mobile
Release date: ???


Game Designer (Intern)

  • Design a new IP based on the strengths of the studio
  • Retro-engineering of successful mobile games
  • Design of several game formats
  • Ingame economy
  • Lootbox system
  • Different ranking systems
  • Design of a shop and a skills tree
  • Design the acquisition of a new public, not already conquered by Gear.Club 
  • Design features for the retention and monetization of the game
  • Flow and navigation through the application

I was the only Game Designer fully assigned to this project. I’ve participated in several meetings with producers and potential publishers, including a full presentation of the concept to a Millenial Esports team, visiting the French studio.

 

Some examples of the mockups I made for this project

 

Some examples of the flowcharts I made for this project


About the game

Developer: Eden Games & Smart Tale
Publisher: ???

Eden Games website
Smart Tale website

Kaiju Snap

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VR Drone Pilot Game, PC
Student project (CNAM ENJMIN), 4 months of a vertical slice production


Level & Narrative Designer

  • General flow in the game
  • Level Design of big areas (being aware of the VR drone controls challenges, greybox/blockout, drawing maps and schemes)
  • Lore and characters creation
  • Storytelling, storyboarding
  • Dialogs writing
  • Voice casting and voice direction during recordings
  • Writing and design the drafts of the next episodes (Episodic model)

I came on this project with a double role, Level and Narrative Designer. On the first week, I set a “typical Kaiju Snap experience” model with a storyboard and some key points presentation. With the basic ideas given with the pitch, I structure those elements on a first scenario and keys elements for the game experience.
Starting there, I worked in collaboration with the Game Designer of the project on the creation of a vertical slice, representative of our game. I used excel tabs (challenges and elements repartition), maps with multiples layers and legends, powerpoint/google slide presentations, storyboard, design posters (One Page Design) and rough Unreal scenes (greybox/blockout). I mixed Rational Level Design with a more systemic approach of the world and level building. I also designed some guidelines for our episodic model and wrote summaries of scenario and gameplay elements of the following episodes.

Our entire Game Design Document is available here: Kaiju Snap GDD.
Besides some introducing texts and resume, I wrote the following sections, available in smaller pdf here:
Narrative Content (Character, Scenario, Universe)
World Design (Map, Tracking Zones, Specific Sequences)
– Gameplay Progression (Gameplay Mechanics, Experience Duration, Environmental Progression, Difficulty Curve)
– Level Design (Rules, General Description, Low-Level Design)

Demo – Gameplay Video

A rough map of the vertical slice I draw. to have a general idea of the level layout, the Kaiju and the drone paths.

 

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With this blockout, I draw different maps to compile informations (scripts, vegetation type, water levels, flooding/current direction…)

 

Blockout for a test scene (scales between the Kaiju and its environment, simple movement splines)

 

kaiju storyboardStoryboard of the entire sequence of the previous test scene (environment, scripts, Kaiju behavior)

 

IslandMapDetailsAndPathGeneral map of the 1st island I draw to set the different places, with the path the player will follow during this episode.

 

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One Poster DesignOne Page Design I made for this 1st episode.

 


About the game

A journalist duo sends a drone to an archipelago formerly used as a nuclear test site. Their goal is to find evidences of a unique environment to classify as world heritage. But they found a giant and totally unknown creature…

Kaiju snap is a solo game where you take control of a drone using your preferred VR headset and a game controller. You use the drone to take pictures of the fauna and flora. In this game you have a documentary approach to your objectives: you are here with a specific mission to fill, take pictures of a unique wildlife. We set the game on two important pillars: Marvel and Control. Our core gameplay is taking pictures of fauna and flora of the island while searching for some hints of the presence of a giant a mysterious beast. Those hints lead the player to specifics zones where he/she can encounter the creature and take photographies of it.

ITCH.IO PAGE

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Les Selenautes

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Shooter defense on tablet with physical connected figurines
4-day student project (CNAM ENJMIN)


Game & Level Designer

  • Design core features
  • Design of the 4 characters mechanics

Each character should have its own, unique and easy-to-understand mechanic. You can use the four figurines at the same time.


About the game

Les Selenautes was made during the Inclus et Connectés workshop at the CNAM ENJMIN. The goal of the week was to make games adapted for people with disabilities. We chose to develop a tablet game with connected figurines we’ve specially made for this experience. The game is mentally handicapped children and Down syndrome friendly. Each of the 4 figurines has a unique effect. You can grab it, put it on the tablet and rotate it.

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Our 4-day prototype

 

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Deadly Riff

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A rhythm n’ versus game, PC.
Project made with a small team of schoolmates during 2 months.


Game & Level Designer

  • Design the core features
  • Level Design (musical level design, mapping songs)

I came with the idea of a rhythm and versus game with the main programmer. With a composer and a graphist, we’ve made a first prototype for the Airconsole Developers Contest in less than a month. I set the main mechanics and the design of the game. On the 2017 summer, we add three more people to our project. For this desktop version, I was responsible for the general game design and the level design/mapping of the songs. I used a version of Editor on Fire (Custom Forge) to map the music.

Song mappings I made on Editor on Fire

 

Some design and mockup documents I made for the project

 

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1First prototype of the game for the Airconsole Developers Contest


About the game

Deadly Riff is a versus game taking its origins in the Arcade world. Each player embodies a guitarist, standing on a zodiac hold by a crowd. By keeping the rhythm and playing notes at the right timing, the player can attack his opponent and hope to make him fall of his zodiac raft.

Initially, the project was planned to be streamed on Twitch. Deadly Riff gives to the viewers the opportunity to take action during the game, like a real concert crowd, through keywords causing special actions (ex: flying beers, broken string for one of the player, etc).

The first version of the game was made for the Airconsole Developers Contest (2017).

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The day I met LAIA

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Audio-only narrative adventure game, Mobile (Android)
A student project made during 4 months


Game & Narrative Designer

  • Original Idea
  • Design main features (cowork)
  • Design simple puzzles (cowork)
  • Dialogs writing
  • Lore & Characters design
  • Narrative systems design
  • Voice casting and voice direction during recordings (French & English)

As the original author of the project, I came with this strong idea of an audio-only game, inspiring by audio and radio fictions. During the 4 months of the project, I bring a whole sci-fi background to the project and its main character. I was responsible for the dialogs and audio logs (more than 100 replies and translated in French and English), the universe and the scenario. As a student project running for the Hits Playtime contest, we needed a strong communication about our game. I help in this communication campaign with the teaser and trailer, ideas to communicate on an imageless-game, etc.

You can find a record of a full session of the game (about 36 minutes) here in binaural 🎧.
Most of the game sessions last 45 minutes to 1 hour. As we were the one recording this walkthrough, we’re faster than a regular player.

Lore & Character

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About the game

Play as UGO, a small maintenance robot awaken in a distressed spaceship by its Commandant locked away in the flight deck. You are lost in the Koriavov, a drifting settlers-ship headed for a new exoplanet, with no way to send a distress call. Explore the almost abandoned ship, and find a way to call for help.

The day I met LAIA is a short audio-only experience where you are able to live a story, solve puzzles and enjoy the environments. We want to experiment an unusual technology for our game: the Cardboard and the Gear VR. All of our sounds were made for a binaural experience, and you can listen to our trailer in 5.1. The project is presented on June 12th and 13th at CNAM-ENJMIN and on June 24th in Paris for the end of the Hits Playtime contest.

WEBSITE

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