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GDC 2015

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Take game design to a new level by bringing worlds and characters to life with Autodesk game design software

Workflow for game design


Bring worlds and characters to life in your game design. Create advanced rigging elements, bake complex surface lighting onto texture maps, and deliver a rich visual in-game experience that keeps users engaged with Autodesk game making software.
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  • High/low-res models, UV

    Create production-quality meshes with animation-ready topology from scanned, imported, or sculpted data with Mudbox 3d digital sculpting and texture painting software.

    Model and texture characters, props, and environments more efficiently with Autodesk game making software.

  • Skinning, rigging

    Pose and animate characters more easily.

    Automatically create FK/IK rigs based on the size and proportions of your character, and save custom, reusable rigs.

    Create better skinned characters with more realistic deformations when you access skinning, rigging, and binding tools in Maya software.

    Use Softimage ICE software, a part of Entertainment Creation Suite, to drive the movement and behaviors of characters and create advanced rigging elements.

    Use the comprehensive range of Biped and Physique rigging and skinning tools within 3ds Max 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing software.

  • Normal maps, displacement maps

    Produce a visually rich in-game experience by using Autodesk tools to bake complex surface and lighting details onto texture maps or vertices.

    Create game-friendly assets by building complex lighting and shading set-ups in 3ds Max.

    Remove lights from your scene with RenderMap when you bake complex materials onto a single texture image that incorporates lighting and shadows.

  • Shaders, textures

    Paint complex textures across multiple high-resolution maps with a dedicated 3D Paint toolset. 

    Build complex shaders with greater ease with the Slate node-based material editor in 3ds Max or Hypershade in Maya.

  • Animation

    Produce better animation and boost productivity with the MotionBuilder real-time 3D character software animation engine.

    Bring characters and worlds to life with keyframe, procedural, and motion-capture data tools.

  • Motion capture

    Efficiently work through dense data with cleanup, filtering, blending, and editing features.

    Import or capture live files from many third-party, industry-standard motion capture systems.

  • Navigation mesh

    Create NPC pathfinding and path following with full source code access, a more accessible API, and remote visual debugging tools.

  • Lighting

    Easily create global illumination using the Turtle plug-in for Maya, and bake onto texture maps, vertex maps, or point clouds.

    Simulate natural lighting effects for enhanced visual quality and a more compelling game experience.

  • Middleware

    Use Autodesk middleware technologies to help create innovative gaming experiences.

  • 3D data transfer

    Exchange digital assets between teams and studios with FBX asset exchange technology.


    Integrate third-party toolsets and transfer custom data between applications.


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