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VR Storytelling Game - 双囍临门/ The Wedding

Updated: Feb 10

Date: Nov 2, 2021

Role: scriptwriter, game designer, producer, 2d artist, 3d artist

Tools: PS, Maya, Substance Painter, Marvelous Designer

Platform: Quest 2, 3D Unity

Team

Scriptwriter: Yingzi Qu

Game Designer: Yingzi Qu

Producer: Yingzi Qu

Artist: Yingzi Qu, Chang Liu

Programmer: Zibo Ye, Rohit Sharma

Sound Designer: Yuan Tan

Voiceover: Melinda Zhou


Introduction


The Wedding is a storytelling interactive experience in VR based on a corrupt custom in Chinese culture —— dead marriage. The player plays the role of a parent of a girl and prepares for her wedding ceremony, but in the end, he/she will realize that both his/her daughter and the bridegroom have already died, and he/she sold his/her daughter's body to the bridegroom's family for money that can be used for his/her little son's marriage in the future.




Design Process


StoryBoard

As it was a game heavily based on a story, we started by creating a storyboard. After deciding the theme of Chinese dead marriage, we tried to figure out how to optimize the use of art assets, sound, and interaction, to create a horrible and uncanny atmosphere and tell a clear story to players who probably don't share the same cultural background at the same time.


To achieve this goal, our solution was to design a misty but enclosed indoor environment, leading the player to follow a linear route by the sequence of lightening candles on the tables. The order of the interactions on the table, stamping on an engagement letter, cutting a wedding dress, preparing the present box, and holding the ceremony for the couple's photo frames, were all inspired by real Chinese dead wedding ceremony rituals, which we believed was very immersive and could reflect the problems in reality.


We had a struggle with whether to use the Chinese voiceover plus English subtitles as it would add the cost of understanding for English native players, but since the effects were extremely amazing, we finally decided to keep it, but paid attention to test the subtitles to make sure it was very readable.


Art Reference Board

The art style is one of the most important elements that contribute to the atmosphere, so we did a lot of research on what kind of style we were going to use, and it turned out that a realistic traditional Chinese style was most suitable.





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