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The View from Above: Designing Compelling Quests for 'Diablo IV'

Harrison Pink  (Lead Game Designer, Cyan)

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

How do you get players invested in stories told from an isometric camera 90 feet overhead? How do you balance the role of quests in supporting the greater worldbuilding while creating a deeply personal story that keeps the players engaged?

In this talk, Harrison describes the process and the strategies used to create emotionally compelling quest content for the ARPG Diablo IV, as well as how the team's quest designers meet the unique challenges of the genre. From paper design through implementation, Harrison shows examples taken from Diablo IV to highlight what the team has learned during its development and share insight into what makes a compelling narrative experience.


Attendees will learn the strategies and best practices used by Diablo IV quest designers to pitch, design and implement compelling quest content.

Intended Audience

This is for game designers of all experience levels who work with quests or have a narrative focus in their day-to-day work

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