Narrative Designer

Many of the most successful games are powered by storytelling. As Narrative Designer you’ll be using your writing skills to bring the right themes and plot points to life, across many elements of a game. 

That doesn’t just mean polishing the dialogue. You could help the game designers shape better characters and scenarios, advise on how plot twists are handled and keep the overall game world making sense, whatever choices the player makes.

DesignEntry-level role
You’ll love this role if you’re into:
  • Writing
  • Telling Stories
  • Reading

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Many people who work as a Narrative Designer have a degree that has helped them develop their writing skills for example English, Marketing or Scriptwriting. Other Narrative Designers have a degree in Games Design. Above all, you should be someone that loves storytelling, designing things and collaborating with others.

As a professional, you’ll be responsible for where the story takes the player, designing and writing the narrative content for the game. You’ll be familiar with different writing software like Chat Mapper, Twine and Articy Draft 3. We recommend using our tool picker to help you choose the right ones for your current level and purpose.  

Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your portfolio (a collection of your best work) stands out to employers and course leaders.

As a Narrative Designer, your work should include examples of your professional writing. You will need to demonstrate a range of storytelling skills for example developing characters and creating dramatic tension. To showcase your versatility you will also need to exhibit writing within different genres. For more general ideas on developing your portfolio, see our top tips page.

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...seeing my work in the game, hearing my lines spoken or reading them on the screen...There's nothing like it.
Sarah Longthorne - Narrative Designer, Sumo DigitalRead the full story
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