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Jan 11, 2022

Hosts Anne and Chanté are joined by narrative director Ben McCaw and lead quest designer Tim Stobo, as they take us through the events of the devastating Carja Civil War and its aftermath.

Highlights include their discussion into how Mad Sun-King Jiran and his son, Avad, were developed; how the team balance what we learn about the world from data points or conversation; how side quests show us the aftermath of the Red Raids and the Civil War, and what the team wanted us to learn from these quests; and how the team worked on bringing the Liberation into the game.

Ben McCaw is the narrative director on Horizon Forbidden West, and was lead writer on Horizon Zero Dawn and The Frozen Wilds. Tim Stobo is lead quest designer on Horizon Forbidden West, and was senior quest designer on Horizon Zero Dawn.

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ESRB Rating: Teen with Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Sexual Themes and Violence.