Retro Studios Linkedin, “Narrative Specializations in World Building, and Non-Linear Storytelling”

Nov 1, 2017
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So, within the Nintendo First Party thread, fellow member of Resetera and local hero ItWasMeantToBe19 found that one of the writers at Retro Studios had updated their Resumé.
Retro's #2 or #3 writer updated their resume.

"Working with a highly skilled team to bridge the gaps between game design needs and telling a compelling story in a meaningful world. Finding the best ways to construct the narrative we want the player to experience with the tools and restrictions available through text, dialogue, and non-traditional storytelling.

* Key team member for collaborative worldbuilding, story construction, and IP development.
* Point of contact for supplemental prose writing.
* Special focus on designer collaboration for player experience storytelling."
Now, this was all updated through one of the developers Linkedin page, who was previously a manager at Retro Studios(however is now a writer on a new game at Retro). The page further clarifies within using exact terminology.
"Narrative specializations in worldbuilding, character development, design integration, non-linear storytelling, prose fiction"
Many did not think this deserved the thread, however, I think that implications of this is quite astronomical. And I think it at least warrants proper discussion.
It seems whatever Retro Studios is working on, it certainly is not a Donkey Kong Country Game, which is exciting and newsworthy within itself.

But what do you think Era? What could this be? Do you think that this LinkedIn could be from Retro’s next project, or could it be something way later down the line?
 
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Hm. Unless it's an original IP, the most immediate Nintendo IP that comes to mind here based on this posting would be....Eternal Darkness?

Given what Retro achieved with regards to atmosphere in Metroid Prime I could see them taking that franchise in a new direction if Nintendo weirdly wanted to revive it.
 

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Fucking Donkey Kong is about to get the deepest lores oh yeah baybeee
 
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Hm. Unless it's an original IP, the most immediate Nintendo IP that comes to mind here based on this posting would be....Eternal Darkness?

Given what Retro achieved with regards to atmosphere in Metroid Prime I could see them taking that franchise in a new direction if Nintendo weirdly wanted to revive it.
Am I going crazy(sorry, had to) or was Eternal Darkness very linear?
 
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It's been in development for almost 5 years now, the longest Nintendo development ever, I think. I'm excited.
 
Nov 1, 2017
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Am I going crazy(sorry, had to) or was Eternal Darkness very linear?
I don't know what its meant for linear storytelling. The game itself was very linear, even more so than other horror games like Resident Evil, but the story itself was told in a very interesting way. You had the main game with Alexandra in the mansion, intermitted by 11 total flashbacks to many different ages of human history. Some of them made you explore the very same mansion Alexandra was in but 50 years before that for example. That isn't linear but I don't know if that's what they mean
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Yep, that sounds like a new IP open world RPG Witcher 3 rival with a 95+ MC confirmed...

But seriously I ain't gonna read too much into this. I'm sure I'll give whatever their next game is a go so no point in overhyping it.
 
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Am I going crazy(sorry, had to) or was Eternal Darkness very linear?
It was linear, but I think it's a franchise that could easily lend itself to telling a non-linear story. The fact that you took on different protagonists who (essentially) had their own self contained short stories could easy evolve into a branching, interconnected storyline. Also, when you take into consideration the concept of sanity effects, I could see a situation where you may have different plot threads trigger on the basis of how "insane" a person is (to the point where some "storylines" may only exist in someones head).
 
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That mention of prose being in this is highly interesting. I believe a previous LinkedIn page had mentioned short stories as well. Wonder where exactly how that kind of stuff is going to be implemented.
 
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That mention of prose being in this is highly interesting. I believe a previous LinkedIn page had mentioned short stories as well. Wonder where exactly how that kind of stuff is going to be implemented.
Is prose fiction short stories? I never heard of prose fiction so I was wondering