Released in 2012

Kinect Star Wars

Ruffian Games | Level Designer | ~6 months

From 2010 onwards, Ruffian Games began work-for-hire on a number of contract projects, one of which was Kinect Star Wars. It was a short-term contract where I was tasked with creating the bulk of the level design for the “Duels of Fate” game mode.

Kinect Star Wars was challenging project; it was my first time using a text scripting language, and I had to learn a new engine/toolset within a tight time frame. By the end of the project, I had set-dressed and scripted all but one of the levels in the game mode. This was also my first time using motion controls; something that took some getting used to, especially where testing was concerned.

Responsibilities

  • Sole in-house level designer for the “Duels of Fate” game mode
  • Designing environments and scripting ambient set pieces for combat backdrops
  • Responding to playtest and client feedback
  • Delivering content to specification in a tight time frame

Whilst I am admittedly less of a Star Wars fan than I was during my childhood (the release of the prequels saw to that), there was still a darkside of me that was excited to work within the Star Wars brand. Although the game was aimed at a much younger and casual audience than myself, it was still rewarding to offer an authentic experience within the Star Wars universe.

To this day, I have not played the now infamous “Galactic Dance Off” mode.

Concept art © LucasArts Entertainment Company