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March 5th, 2008, 22:07
RPGVault posts the fourth entry in their developer diaries from Ossian Studios on their adventure pack for NWN2, Mysteries of Westgate. This one takes a look at story and gameplay elements:
…the player must make an early decision about which faction to join. This isn't a small matter, as a large chunk of the critical path plays out completely differently depending on whom the player allies with. There are also a large number of side quests throughout the city, most of which have two, three or more ways in which they may be solved. And lastly, we have a couple of endings that are determined by a monumental decision made by the player, each of which will provide a radically different experience for the final two hours of the game. From a design perspective, it's understandable why developers often choose to funnel a player down a single path. However, I saw the opportunity for us to do something different here, so I grasped it. I hope players like it.

One of the things I really like about our story is that it's almost like a puzzle. To find all the pieces and view the complete picture in its entirety, you would need to replay the game two or three times. While a single playthrough might take 15 hours, I honestly view this as more of a 25- to 30-hour product, simply because it has a replayability value that goes far beyond skin-deep, and demands a second, completely different viewing.
The article also notes the title is approaching release, possibly as early as next month though no date has been set.
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Sounds awesome! I'm not too excited about playing MotB yet, but I am pumped about this one!

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