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BEACH ISLAND DELUXE

  • Role: Level / UX Design

  • Genre: Open World Platformer

  • Engine: Unity 3D

  • Developer: Kevin Ethridge (DigiPen Institute of Technology)

  • Total Dev Time: 2022; 6 months 

  • Platform: Windows (Download), Steam Version

Beach Island Deluxe is an exploration of how to create an open experience that is accessible and approachable to all audiences, being dynamically adaptable in it's difficulty level through level design. In it's purest essence it is a microcosm prototype of everything the core of an open world game is supposed to be. This was a solo project that took me roughly 4 months to complete and is the last thing I worked on while attending DigiPen Institute of Technology. Explore the island freely and collect enough stars to open the mysterious portal, or keep exploring! Its all up to you!

TASKS / RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Authoring GDDs, priority lists, and asset lists.

  • Bringing the world through the level design process, from white box to final product.

  • Conducting playtesting

  • Programming and art asset creation

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DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

World Planning Sketches
World Planning Sketches

I first sketched out the layout for the world to make sure everything made sense before moving into engine.

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First Whitebox Prototype
First Whitebox Prototype

The first iteration of in-engine whiteboxes for the world. I would iterate from here to reach the final product.

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Scope List
Scope List

I used this document to plan, manage, and track scope and development. Organized into 1 week sprints with prioritized buckets for each item.

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Level Planning
Level Planning

I used Sheets to plan out what each island's level layout would be. This method made it quick and easy to iterate and see everything at once.

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Windy Peak Time-lapse
Windy Peak Time-lapse

Showing the evolution of windy peak from start to final iteration.

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Rock Peak Time-lapse
Rock Peak Time-lapse

Showing the evolution of rock peak from start to final iteration.

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Windy Peak Time-lapse
Windy Peak Time-lapse

Showing the evolution of windy peak from start to final iteration.

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