What is Full-Cycle Development in Video Games?
The video game industry is booming, and more and more investors are thinking of taking advantage of this opportunity and launching a video game that will capture the attention of players who are already looking for a way to socialize and entertain. The development of technology, population growth, and the pandemic situation in the last year has driven the global video games market forecasts in 2021 to reach almost $140 billion.
But to launch a video game in this competitive but very profitable market, we need to understand what it means to create a full-cycle game development.
What programming languages exist to create video games?
Here are a few of the more notable languages and techniques that game developers use to create video games.
The gaming engines world is dominated by C++, which is the quintessential coding language for developing video games. It is not easy to learn it, but it has been used for years by game developers to develop console and PC games. C ++ is more than perfect when game developers want to create complex graphics in game engines like Unreal, Unity, and Sony’s PhyreEngine.
C # is a highly expressive, object-oriented programming language used for a broad range of multi-platform software. Being developed by Microsoft, this language adds value to games developed for Windows and Xbox, in particular. Many popular and polished game engines like Unity, CryEngine, Godot, and Stride use C # as their programming language.
Objective-C is the main programming language to create everything that can be played on a MAC, iPhone, or iPad. It’s a superset of the C programming language and gives object-oriented capabilities and a dynamic runtime. Objective-C is utilized in Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, with the app development software Xcode relying on it almost completely.
Java is a programming language used already for some time and is known worldwide for its multiple applications. It is especially used to create mobile games for Android. For example, a popular game created with Java is Angry Birds. Also, to develop great video games for the web, Java is used in combination with Flash.
HTML5, CSS3, and SQL
These are the main languages for creating web-based video games. CSS3 can be used in combination with HTML5, and SQL has more back-end processes, including trophies, achievements, save points, and other means to measure data during the game.
What is full-cycle development for video games?
The full-cycle game development represents the entire process of creating a video game, from the game design step to the post-release phase. More precisely, the full-cycle game development is a framework defining stages and responsibilities fulfilled at each step from an initial feasibility study through maintenance of the completed application in the game development process.
The game development process is not just pure art, a piece of creativity or imaginative thinking; a game is more like a craft, created from interleaving, multidisciplinary aspect, art, music, programming, acting, and the control and integration of those aspects. Therefore, game development requires specific guidelines which dictate its development process, the game development lifecycle.
What are the steps and phases of a full-cycle game development process?
1. Idea of the product is written in the Game Concept Document
The idea is the spark that ignites the project. By developing the idea and complex analysis of the concept, the project will have a healthy basis to return to if difficulties arise along the way. The Game Concept Document should include the story flow, the visual appeal, characters, and the player’s interactivity, protagonists, missions, multiplayer, levels, playing hours, revenue strategy, publishing platforms, and producers budget.
2. Game Design
Game design is the heart of the game. In this stage, are created the UI interface, the characters, the music, the environments, the graphics with lights, shadows, the game’s progression, etc.
3. Technical Requirement Analysis
In this phase, the team brainstorms and analyzes the possibilities regarding what game engine and its supportive plugins to choose. Also, the architecture of the game is thought of as a whole.
4. Programming / Development
In this step, the lead programmer should also make a checklist of how the data will get executed using the software architecture, and the programmers do what they know best, write codes.
Game testers must identify bugs and errors that may occur in the game. There are many testing techniques that they successfully apply to perform the launched game’s performance to be the best.
This phase is the final one of the entire full-cycle game development and includes:
- Deployment preparation and procedures.
- Product deployment.
- Transferring ownership of the product.
- Closing the deployment phase.
Why choose Starloop Studios to create your video game?
Full-cycle game development is not exactly an easy process, so you need someone with experience who already has the expertise and technology to complete the project. Starloop Studios offers full-cycle development services and leads your project through all stages up to its successful release and further support.
Financial saving and high-level efficiency. If you choose to outsource the game development process, you can save 40% or more compared to the cost of in-house development. Starloop Studios also gives you access to top-level developers who don’t need additional training.
To create fun-to-play games, Starloop Studios offers you services such as:
- Game Prototyping
- Game Programming
- Pre-production analysis
- Server administration
- 3D Modeling
- 2D Art & UI Design
- UI / UX, GDD
- Art Production
- QA and testing and much more.
What kind of games does Starloop create with full-cycle development?
Our Starloopians continuously develop their skills and knowledge to create a perfect gaming experience for your players. The choice of a particular technology and platform depends on the requirements for your project.
Key Platforms on which our experts apply their extensive experience and creativity to make your gaming dream come true:
- Mobile (iOS, Android)
- PC Games (Windows, Mac)
- Console (PS4 / PSVR, Xbox One, Switch)
- VR / AR (HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift)
- Unity (Amazing 2D & 3D games on all platforms, based in C #)
- Unreal Engine (Top 3D visual game engine. Stunning lighting and visual effects)
Feel free to contact us and get a free consultation with one of our Starloopians.