March 21, 2023
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Immersive Game Development: How to Get Started

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The advent of new immersive gaming platforms like Roblox and Fortnite, has caused an unprecedented boom in the gaming industry. Learning how to develop a game in the ‘Metaverse’ has turned into quite a lucrative ordeal. This begs the question, how do you get started?

Have the Right Toolset

Whether you work as a developer in a game company or are planning to go solo, having the right toolset and experience is essential to kickstarting your development career. For starters, you’ll need to be able to code on a game engine and have experience with using design tools like Photoshop and Maya.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be an expert in the IT field to jump into code or game development; for that matter, a few online courses and YouTube videos should be able to get you started.

Starting to Develop

New immersive gaming platforms focus on developing inter-connected virtual worlds that act as their own thriving ecosystems. The grander picture from a developer’s perspective is that everything within your game must be interconnected and have a sense of purpose.

For instance, platforms like Roblox allow you to develop and create your own Experiences, which are each catered to a specific audience. These Experiences generally are substantiated by a developer’s ideas and are then ultimately converted to an actual game by them.

On the other hand, games like Fortnite pivoted from their original trajectory of being a strictly PvE game to a now thriving social platform ripe with unique cosmetics and skins created in collaboration with hundreds of other IPs around the world.

The Challenges of Platform-Based Game Development

Like any new sector in the field of IT, adaption is the single largest issue. In essence, brands and customers tend to not identify the reason why immersive gaming is the next big thing. Because of this, they may lack the zeal and vigor that you share when developing a game.

Moreover, the general public tends not to assimilate to any sort of change until it is shown to them. With the current state of technology, fully immersive scenarios are already present in VR headsets, which may not be accessible to everyone.

Platforms Have All The Tools

Developing an entire experience from scratch in Unity can be extremely tough, especially for a new developer. However, platforms such as Roblox have the audience and the tools needed to ease the process of stepping into platform-based game development.

For instance, platforms such as Roblox have streamlined the game creation process and also have an active community that can help you along the way. Plus, since Roblox is already accessed by millions of gamers worldwide, you won’t have to spend nearly as much marketing or advertising your game.

In fact, in most cases, if your game is unique, innovative, and well-made, it’ll be picked up by players present on the platform automatically and be propelled into stardom!