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Mysteries of Westgate interview at RPG Watch
Interview - posted by Elwro on Tue 4 December 2007, 19:27:24Tags: Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate
RPG Watch has an interview with Alan Miranda, Luke Scull and Mat Jobe of Ossian Studios, the developers of Mysteries of Westgate, the first Adventure Pack for Neverwinter Nights 2.
RPGWatch: Cities can sometimes feel drab with repetitive scenarios and limited scope for real exploration - how much freedom will players have in moving around and making discoveries outside of the critical path and how do you keep the setting fresh and engaging?Frankly, I've always thought cities naturally give more interesting roleplaying opportunities than rural areas. I keep my fingers crossed that Westgate will be a memorable city filled with vivid characters and tons of scripted goodness (which worked so well e.g. in Gothic 2 - think Khorinis).
Mat Jobe [The project's writer]: Players will have a lot of freedom to explore the city and pursue adventures unrelated to the critical path. Players who have played Baldur's Gate 2 may find the experience reminiscent of exploring Athkatla in that game - it's that wide open.
We really wanted to create a "big city" feel, which meant including loads of sidequests and unusual characters that have nothing to do with the main story (or, in some cases, any story). In a bustling city - especially one as diverse as Westgate - you're not going to find everyone focused on one event or series of events, no matter how big they may be. If Lathander himself appeared in Westgate and did a tap dance atop Morningstar Haven, there would still be commoners in the Warrens worrying about the price of fish, and sailors in the docks doing their best to have a good time before shoving off again. In any large population, you'll find people focused on their own day-to-day interests.
We also wanted to make the city seem dynamic. That's one thing that probably makes some cities seem drab - they're missing that sense of constant change that makes them seem alive. In Mysteries of Westgate, we have various triggered events that can happen after the player has already visited a particular district one or more times. In some cases, players may be caught off guard and find themselves scrambling to deal with an unexpected situation.
Be sure to read the whole thing. And if you're interested, check out our interview with the developers from a few weeks ago.