Designing a Multiplayer Feature for a Mobile Action Strategy Game
Zynga Games Network
Guide Dr Bibhudutta Baral
Empires & Allies is an Action Strategy Game from Zynga, based on modern military strategy, that puts the weapons of modern war at players fingertips, in a never-ending battle to save the world. The aim of the project was to design
a real-time team versus team feature for the game, that could expand on the existing Alliance system, which is the social component of game, enabling players to form teams or alliances and compete against other alliances.
Viable concepts were prototyped to check for engaging and fun experiences for players. A digital prototype was used to test complex mechanics and time-based events. The designed feature was divided into systems. A high-level architecture of how the systems work together to create
a collective experience, was designed.
Art, visuals, sound and micro-interactions were designed and plugged in. Jeffin thus developed a game design process that put players first and met the expectations
of the industry.