On Nov.

15, Montreal firm Ubisoft releases one of its biggest productions in the video game world, Assassin’s Creed Revelations. To celebrate the release we get a look at how a video game is produced.

Behind the scenes
STEP 2
Development

IN MINUTES

News and events — visually

STEP 1

DESIGN

PRE-PRODUCTION

Number of players

5-30

1-5 months

30-50

5-18 months

• Defining the elements of the game, the main rules, more artistic “game design” than technical. • Overall description of the game world is conveyed with drawings or photos (overview of the tone, characters, narrative). • First game prototypes are built to develop various technologies — use of cameras, implementing abilities, actions of hero and enemies.

• At this stage, several elements are modeled in 3D and integrated into the game engine (software that incorporates all the properties of the game). • The game design is developed at all levels of play (integration of powers, actions, challenges, and environments). • To judge the play aspects and scope of the project, the team produces a playable demo version of 10 to 15 minutes, with quality close to the final product.

* Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

STEP 3

PRODUCTION / QUALITY CONTROL

PLAY

STEP 4 ONLINE EXPERIENCE
5-30 3-12 months

up to 250

6-12 months

• Putting the production schedule into effect to complete 12-20 hours of gameplay. • Assassin’s Creed Revelations; several hundred people were involved in the production, spread over six studios (Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Singapore, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Massive, and Ubisoft Montreal). • All of the elements are integrated into the game engine and rigorously tested to avoid “bugs” and imperfections.

• The game can now be experienced by thousands of players. The experience can be extended through the multiplayer modes available, competitions, social events, exclusive content to be downloaded and customized.

* Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Sources: Ubisoft; Research and graphics
SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; QMI AGENCY

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