Symmetry in Game Design

Symmetry in Game Design greatly affects the balance of the game. This is especially true of games with two sides fighting each other like DOTA and Chess. The more symmetric the game the easier it is to maintain the balance of the game. In fact chess is so symmetric it’s considered the most balanced game in the world that there will come a point where all strategies would be figured out.



In contrast an example of an asymmetric game would be Overwatch


Not only are the maps asymmetric, the powers of the characters are asymmetric too so maintaining the balance of the game is a big challenge.