Hello - I am a guy who is still very much a novice to UE4 and this is my first post in these boards. I am well into educating myself on this engine, though, and I feel I have a growingly firm grasp of the basics. I.E. - if UE4 is a puzzle, I am getting pretty familiar with the individual puzzle pieces themselves, but I still find putting them together into one completed puzzle to be quite daunting. So, I have a question that I recognize is very, very broad and I am very much aware there is no one right answer to. I think it would be very helpful to me to see a variety of answers to this from other people who are much better at this than me.
When a person has reached the point of embarking on creating a mid-to-large sized open world game, what is the most expedient order to do things in? For example - and I am making this up right on the spot, mind you - let’s say you want to make a game where you play as a chicken who runs around on a very large farm and collects eggs for some reason. You can collect the eggs and put them in an inventory and there is a farmer guy who you can talk to who can give you missions or whatever. Like I say, this is just nonsense I just made up, but if a person has built a comprehensive outline for their game and says “I understand the basics of UE4 and am ready to begin,” in your opinion what is the first thing they should tackle, and then the second thing, and then the third thing, and so on and so forth until completion and a release onto Steam or something?
Should you design and rig the chicken character very first? Build the map? Implement the inventory system? Since, as I said I know there is no correct answer to this, what is your personal process and order you do things in? Any answers here will be very helpful. Thanks.