Sound design essentials for updating live service mobile games

With the growth of live service games, game development has taken on an increasingly iterative creative process. These beloved escapes are often sustained through the introduction of new content (e.g., season passes, DLC expansions, and new chapters) to keep the experience feeling fresh but familiar for their dedicated player bases. And the bigger these games become and the longer they are supported, so too do the needs for creative resources behind them change and grow.

Whether you’ve just joined a studio team in ongoing development or you’ve been tapped as an outsource audio producer for a game expansion or update, you’ll find you have different needs and expectations to consider than when creating a game’s audio from scratch.

Here are some crucial considerations that we as an outsource audio studio recommend for sound designers who are tasked with expanding and upgrading sound assets for games that have a majority of their groundwork already laid.

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