The next installment of the Need for Speed franchise is currently in development at Ghost Games, slated for 2015, and today a new career opportunity ad seeking a Narrative Director gave us a tidbit of information on what we can expect.
Ghost is now looking for a Narrative Director to join the team. As a Narrative Director you will be reporting to the Senior Producer and be responsible for how story is told in the game, how it enhances and supports the gameplay and creates emotional connections in the game. This is crucial in creating a compelling game experience.
- You will collaborate closely with design to integrate the story into the game.
- You will draft scenes together with design, laying out the ground work for external writer(s).
- You will be the main point of contact for any external writers that work on the game’s story, character briefs and dialogue.
- During development, you will maintain and safeguard the narrative.
- You will take part in the casting.
- You will be central in establishing and communicating the style and tone of in game cinematics and dialogues.
- The ideal candidate has worked with design, writing and cinematics in AAA titles for several years and understands the complexities of telling a story in an interactive medium.
The Need for Speed franchise has never been known for strong and emotional storylines, but looks like this time around things will be different, and the team is aiming to create an emotional connection between the player and the game’s characters through the story, which is defined “crucial” to a compelling game experience.
It’s also interesting to see that Ghost Games will take advantage of one or more external writers. There’s no further detail about this, but it’s very possible that they’ll resort to high profile writers for a better result. They might even opt to use the same writing staff that took care of the Need for Speed movie, even if this is just my personal speculation.
Considering that racing games have always been naturally weak in the story department, I can definitely say that I’m eager to see what Ghost Games will be able to do with it.