Guild Wars 2 signs on Wizards of the Coast dev as narrative designer

    
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What is Wizards of the Coast’s loss is ArenaNet’s gain.

Michael Yichao announced on Twitter yesterday that he was leaving the Dungeons & Dragons company to take up a position as narrative designer for Guild Wars 2 at the end of June. Previously, he worked on lore and stories for Magic: The Gathering.

In addition to being a writer, Yichao’s portfolio includes performing improv comedy, developing plays, and being a teaching artist. You can read some of his short stories that he produced for Magic: The Gathering over on Wizards’ site.

Yesterday we reported that Guild Wars 2’s June feature pack will be centered around the game’s competitive PvP and WvW scene.

Source: Twitter
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Tobasco da Gama

I don’t know anything about this new guy, but I really disliked the story direction in GW2 so far, so I’m cautiously optimistic about a change there.

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Koshelkin

So they finally fired the 12 year olds who wrote the original story line? Fantastic tidings!

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Paragon Lost

Definitely a good thing in my opinion. Their narrative has always needed help.

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Mikey's Bored

Yessssss, new story person.

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Godnaz

TBH, any move in the story telling department at Arenanet is a good move. If it weren’t for Wooden Potatoes clarifying the progression, I think most of us would be lost. Even he admits that the lore department seems to not have a grasp on their on game at times.

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Duke Witherheart

Yes, to me the really interesting aspect is what this new writer can do with the world they’ve already created; after all, much of the ‘narrative’ is already set (what with characters in place etc.).