Breach A 3D horror game designed for immersion and head-mounted displays

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2014
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Bristav, Karl
Kaufmann, Robert
Lundkvist, Jesper
Sikander, Erik
Touche, Robin
Odeh, Sam
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For this thesis, a horror video game has been developed from concept to nished product, with the goal of being as immersive as possible by nding and highlighting techniques that provide a high level of immersion and enjoyment in a horror video game. The presented techniques address what immersion, game design, and asset creation aspects lead to an enjoyable, immersive, and coherent game. Furthermore, an evaluation of the applicability of a head-mounted display was performed to discern if such hardware enhances the game experience and the perceived level of immersion. By performing a literature study on immersion and game design theory, techniques were found and applied to the game, which was developed using an agile methodology. In order to speed up the development process and focus on gameplay and asset creation, the game development tool Unreal Development Kit was used. In addition to the video game Breach, the attained results are the game design and immersion techniques utilized in the game which were found enhancing the game experience, for instance arti cial intelligence, sound design, design for head-mounted displays, and objective design. The implication of this thesis is that horror games, such as Breach, bene t from attaining an increased level of emotional, cognitive, spatial, and sensory immersion. Contributing factors to attaining both enjoyment and immersion of these types are implementing an arti cial intelligence with its own goals, implementing support for a head-mounted display, designing objectives with care, and utilizing a diegetic and partly non-linear sound design.
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Data- och informationsvetenskap, Computer and Information Science
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