Jon Ingold, co-founder and narrative director of multi award-winning independent studio inkle, has been announced today as the first keynote speaker for Develop:Brighton 2023.

Previously a lead designer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Ingold’s keynote – titled Further Up and Further In: Making Richer Gameplay Narratives – will present a manifesto for creating re-playable narratives that offer deep and enriching experiences for players.

The keynote session will include:

  • An example-based overview of narratives that demand to be re-played
  • Strategies to reduce the content-creation burden
  • Tips for pushing narrative beyond its limits

“The Develop conference is the beating heart of UK games, and I’m thrilled to have been invited to speak this year,” said Jon. “I can’t wait to share the strategies we have developed at inkle across the last decade to aid others in creating narrative experiences that keep their integrity with every playthrough. I hope attendees will see that single player games don’t have to be designed to be disposable.”

Develop:Brighton 2023 takes place from Tuesday July 11th until Thursday July 13th at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, with a range of passes available now for the conference and expo.

Passes are available at the discounted Super Early Bird rate until Thursday April 6th and can be booked at

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