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Meta Developer Summit: Your Room is the Level: Mixing Realities in Meta's 'First Encounters' (Presented by Meta)

Alexander Dawson  (Software Engineer, Meta)

Zack Dawson  (Game Designer, Meta)

Location: Room 2011, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Indie Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Sponsor Developer Summit

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Meta RL

When building a mixed-reality game, crafting and harmoniously blending two worlds into a single space is a fundamental challenge. Designing a game that incorporates the player's room as part of the level means losing out on a lot of control that fully pre-authored level design grants developers.

As a pack-in launch title for the Quest 3, Meta's First Encounters wowed players by smashing apart and opening their rooms to another world. Learn how the game was designed to make careful & considered use of the player's space as a core element of the game's design. Discover how the development team approached interactively transforming the player's space through a mixture of scene understanding & at-runtime procedural generation.

Game Designer Zachary Dawson and Game Programmer Alexander Dawson discuss the design, technical challenges, and solutions developed for turning every player's room into their own game world.


Attendees will gain insights into tried & tested approaches for overcoming the unique challenges that mixed-reality game design presents. Attendees will learn about tools & techniques used in First Encounters to create a compelling experience that feels physically grounded in the player's space.

Intended Audience

This talk is for designers, programmers, and anyone interested in creating mixed-reality games and experiences.

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