Left 4 Dead: Quarry

Left 4 Dead: Quarry | Level Design Jam | Hammer | 2023

*PAGE IS WORK IN PROGRESS – PLEASE BEAR WITH ME*

This level was a mainly aimed at exploring the L4D director while creating an interesting space which surprised the player.

Level Design work

  • Collected reference, designed level layout and planned gameplay beats
  • Created level blockout inside the Hammer++ editor
  • Conceptualized combat, interactions & environmental storytelling

Layout

Design decisions

Surprise

To keep the player thinking, i decided to introduce elements of surprise into the maps design. I felt this had the effect of keeping the player on their toes and strategizing.

Theme

I tried to create a believable survival space that would not only fit in the L4D world narratively but would complete the L4D director.

Player Agency

I created a circular layout which gave the player multiple paths & agency. This approach allowed the L4D director to spawn enemies from different locations to keep the action interesting.

Planning & Reference

The image gallery below shows some initial sketch work before block-out along with some reference imagery.

Gallery 1 – Initial sketches for the level’s layout