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May 31, 2017 1 min read
At Digital Dragons this past week, Pawel Sasko, Lead Technical Quest Designer at CD Projekt Red, took apart several quests in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its expansions. Since most of the quests Sasko discussed were fairly late-game and spoiler-heavy, and the rest of the talk followed the same formula, we'll be focusing on Family Matters, the Bloody Baron quest. We've also attached many of the pertinent slides, and we'll be speaking in some detail about the questline.
Family Matters continues Geralt's quest to find Ciri, as the veteran Witcher crosses paths with the infamous Bloody Baron. The Baron met Ciri some time earlier, and will give Geralt information on her location in exchange for Geralt's help with a Botchling – a creature born from an improperly buried stillborn fetus. Once Geralt deals with the creature and helps the Baron with his family, the Baron will put Geralt on Ciri's path once again.
Sasko broke down the questline on a pacing graph, which "shows the curve between tension and time" – essentially mapping the level of tension the player is supposed to feel to specific moments in the quest. "The most important parts in the story are when the tension is the lowest and when the tension is the highest," Sasko said. "That is when you want to show the important stuff in your story, when there's something interesting, or something that you want the player to memorize."
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