Video: Level design for non-linear story discovery in Tacoma

In this GDC 2017 talk Fullbright’s Steve Gaynor and Nina Freeman share lessons learned during the development of their non-linear space station story exploration game Tacoma.

It was an insightful look at the design of Fullbright’s follow-up to the genre-defining Gone Home, and how you can apply the studio’s techniques for fleshing out narratives in a 3D space to your own game development process.

If you missed seeing it live, or if you just want to refresh yourself on some of the finer points, good news: this Tacoma level design talk is now available to watch for free via the official GDC YouTube channel!

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