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What is the process of video game development?

A lot goes into producing a video game, whether it’s a triple-A blockbuster with massive production and marketing budget or an independent game with a small development team. The development process gets broken down into the following main phases in

Idea/core concept

 Developers decide what kind of game it will be, create a hero and protagonist narratives, design gameplay rules, create themes and locations. A proof of concept, or a process that gathers ideas from multiple stakeholders to assess the viability of developing a successful game, is required to bring an idea to life. Development teams address the cost, schedule, and technological skills at this stage and set expectations.


Market research may help you figure out what features gamers want to see, which can help you plan for preproduction. Designers, developers, authors, and programmers collaborate in during the preproduction stage to describe game concepts, construct prototypes, set project deadlines, produce documentation, and develop a test strategy. The development team comes up with plot and character ideas as well as game mechanics.


Production might take years because of the large number of parts involved. The development team performs the aspects defined in preproduction throughout the production stage: user interface, characters, audio, stories, and programming. For various reasons, such as cost overruns, design revisions, limited resources, or received demos, some games may get modified or canceled after months or even years of development.


Before publishing a game, creators test it to make sure it works properly. Quality assurance (QA) testers check for problems, such as characters walking through walls, by looking for vulnerabilities or broken functionality. Occasionally, game makers may release an alpha version to a small group of users to increase the number of people who can report issues and offer improvements.


Following bug fixes and feedback implementation, game developers are ready to release a formal beta version as part of a prelaunch. The beta phase introduces the game to a larger audience, spreading the word about it and soliciting feedback from prominent players.

Developers implement final modifications and continue to resolve issues beyond the beta phase before producing a launch version that may be delivered to manufacturers for physical media production or distributed online. Marketing, which includes advertising, promotional activities, and occasionally playable demonstrations of specific stages, is the final crucial step in launching a game.

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