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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey

Role/s

  • Game Designer (01/06/21 - 17/12/21)

  • Graduate Designer (02/09/19 - 01/06/21)

Key Responsibilities

  • Designed, prototyped and developed the new mission set for Odyssey's launch

  • Supporting Updates 1 to 11 for the live game via "mission feature extensions"

  • Designed, created and iterated upon interior room tiles for use in final settlement level layouts

Overview

Mission Design

  • Designing the flow for all missions featured in Odyssey at launch

  • Continued work to add new missions and supporting features in post-release updates

  • Implementation of mission flow and rules using in-house tools

  • Scripting gameplay for all missions featured at settlements, working closely with level design team and POI designer

  • In the early days, had continual feedback from a principal designer to ensure initial mission designs worked as intended

  • Later, worked with an experienced game designer  who would handle higher-level design decisions

  • Worked with said designer to polish and balance missions, and integrate them into the existing background simulation of Elite Dangerous

  • Collaborating with programmers and senior technical designer to see new rules and features implemented into the game

  • Work with narrative team to implement new mission rationales, details and objectives

Level Design

  • Planning of various room layouts and paths

  • Whiteboxing using very early test meshes provided by art team

  • Consideration for cover and sightlines, using the blurry-eye test to identify weak points

  • Collaboration with the art team and a technical artist to produce new assets and tools for use with level design

  • Constant iteration based on feedback from reviews held by senior team