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A Torch in the Dark: Using Creative Direction to Light 'The Darkest Dungeon'


A strong creative direction is a blazing beacon that can guide you through the hazardous depths of development!
This talk breaks down the creative philosophy of Darkest Dungeon - one that is characterized by a steadfast commitment to a clearly articulated, externalized creative core. A strong creative direction not only guides art direction, audio, and design to arrive at a thematically tight product, but it also serves as a razor to make the hard cuts necessary in any game project. In the deepest, darkest production crunch, smart creative choices let you play to your limitations as well as your strengths!

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