Main Component of Game Development Stages
Pre Production Stage
Game Design Document
Prototype TestingThe testing of the game’s prototype begins from the pre-production stage. Many application ideas get stuck at the preliminary step of the production process. Prototypes that pass the initial phase are updated and worked on for production. Like any other product, you can only release a prototype that has passed the compatibility and efficiency test. The developers would confirm if the prototype can meet the demands of the client and audience. The prototype is open to many changes and updates until it becomes the final product ready to be released.
First PlayableAs the name implies, this is the first version of the game process that could be rendered playable. It gives a snippet of what to expect from the game's final performance. Although it's not a complete version yet, it is still considered a vital component of video game development. Even though it is just playable, the developers and designers invest a lot of time and resources to make it as close to the final title as possible. It often contains art design and content similar to the intended plan of the last version. The first playable version aims to analyze where the app development stands, check for any update required, and crosscheck if the title creation is on par with the estimated release date.
Vertical SliceCompanies usually develop games as indie developers or work with partners and investors. It is a common practice for investors to request a version of the app. This is done to see if the title is worth the investment. Since the final part of the game process is not ready, there needs to be a preview version to pitch the financial benefits to investors. This is where the vertical slides come into play. It is a fully playable version of the title that can show the first-hand user experience of the game phases and how the final version would look and feel.
Pre-Alpha StageDuring this stage, most of the content and game phases are already available. The developers and game development team edit and improve all aspects of the app during the phase. It is common for changes to be made, such as quantity or quality of content. The gameplay can also be adjusted to meet the standard recommended for the title by the team.
Alpha StageThis is an advanced aspect of the production level. At this stage, most of the game phases and elements are almost complete. The app is playable at this point, and the QA tester can send feedback for any improvement needed. There is full functionality and control and the presence of art design. This is the level where all the features of the title are entirely added and playable. Debugging can be done at this phase to improve the quality of the app.
Beta StageThis is the next aspect after the alpha stage; this is an optimization level in the game development process. All the features and content are already added at this stage of the game process. It is advisable to hire experts that can supervise the optimization of the game for optimum results.
Gold Master LevelMost organizations develop games to meet the clients' requirements or target audience; at this level, the title is complete and ready for public release. The creation team must ensure that everything related to the game’s mechanics, gameplay, character are ready and working efficiently before this stage.
Fantasy Game Project
Launching the Game