PRE PRODUCTION PHASE
Once the Client has decided on the game concept that they would like to see realized. We can move towards sign off. Based on the decided Game Concept Document (including any agreed changes requested by the client), the Game Designers and instructional Designers will write the GDD Game Design Document.
Conceptual art begins to be made for development and visual aids in the GDD.
The Game Design Document outlines all of the game’s functions and features in extensive detail, covering levels, assets, story, characters, audio, design, game engine details, IDE details, major milestones, etc.
For the developers this becomes the bible, that everything must adhere to.
For the client it is sent for review and sign off. Once signed off, development can begin.
This process is crucial in ensuring a smooth development process. The reason for this is that video game development requires a staggering amount of development time, and to be frank there is no room for review cycles that would result in design impacting scope changes.
The Game Design Document is presented to the client for sign off.