George Ziets

George Ziets is an American game developers. Among his best known works include the expansion Mask of the Betrayer of computer role-playing game Neverwinter Nights 2, and the action role-playing game Dungeon Siege 3


Training and entry into the games industry

George Ziets graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in psychology and spent the later 1990s on a Graduate School. He studied psychology and film and earned a master's degree from the University of Maryland, before turning to a career in the gaming industry. Ziets first known publication in the gaming industry was an article entitled The Mightiest of Dragons for the birthday issue # 158 of Dragon Magazine in 1990. 2001 he secured his first job in the games industry at the Westwood Studios, where he was the author of the short-lived sci-fi MMORPG Earth & Beyond worked. 2004 Ziets of Turbine, Inc. was hired and worked as a designer on The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online.

Change to Obsidian

2006 moved to Southern California Ziets and got a job as a designer at Obsidian Entertainment. He was hired during the development of computer role-playing game Neverwinter Nights 2, and was appointed lead for the first expansion to Neverwinter Night 2 entitled Mask of the Betrayer for Creative after the completion of the game. Ziets was mainly responsible for the creative direction of the add -ons, including the design of the characters and the plot. Mask of the Betrayer was released in 2007 and received mostly positive reviews, have been praised among others, the plot and narrative elements.

Ziets left Obsidian 2008 and spent a year at ZeniMax Online Studios, 2009 returned but again obsidian back and took over the role as Creative Lead for the action role-playing game Dungeon Siege 3 and its download expansion Dungeon Siege 3: Treasures of the Sun. He designed a hundred -page concept book that served the development team as a working basis, extended the fictional canon of the Dungeon Siege game world and gave the series so that a new alignment. During the development of Dungeon Siege 3 Ziets continued to contribute as an author to the post-apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas at. In 2011 he was nominated by his fellow writers from the Writers Guild of America in the category Best Video Game Writing for the Writers Guild of America Award for this.

He left Obsidian 2012 after hiring an under development project, in the same year, however, obliged as an additional designer for Obsidian's Kickstarter project Project Eternity.

Design Philosophy

Ziets is a proponent of freedom of action in computer games:

" I prefer to focus on meaningful player choices. An overarching storyline can be Essentially linear, but the player can be critical choices Offered at pre -defined points in the storyline did. (And by critical choices, I'm talking about choices thathave visibly different Consequences, or lead to branches in the story structure. ) That way, the design team Maintains control over the number of possible outcomes and paths, while players understand did Their choices matter, and result a distinctly different experience. And * all * choices shouldhave Consequences, or They shouldn't be Offered at all "

"I prefer it myself to focus on meaningful decisions for the player. An overarching story arc may be linear in the core, but the player can important decisions are offered at predefined points of the plot. ( And on key decisions I mean decisions that have visibly different consequences or lead to branches in the plot structure. ) In this way, the design team maintains control over the number of possible outcomes and solutions, while the players get the feeling that their decisions are significant and cause a noticeable different game experience. And * all * these decisions should have consequences or they should be better not find offered. "


  • Earth and Beyond (2002)
  • The Lord of the Rings Online
  • Dungeons & Dragons Online
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 (2006)
  • Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (2007)
  • Fallout: New Vegas ( 2010)
  • Dungeon Siege 3 (2011)
  • Project Eternity ( voraus. 2014)
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera ( voraus. 2015)