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Creating a Basic Quest in a UE5 Game w/ ChatGPT's Assistance

Creating a Basic Quest in a UE5 Game w/ ChatGPT's Assistance

 Embark on an exciting journey to create your own captivating quests in Unreal Engine 5 with the assistance of ChatGPT.

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Unreal Engine 5 (UE5) is a powerful game development tool that offers unparalleled graphics and performance capabilities. With its user-friendly interface and vast array of features, it enables developers to create stunning, immersive games. However, the process of creating a game, particularly designing and implementing quests, can be daunting. This is where ChatGPT can come in handy. By leveraging ChatGPT’s capabilities, developers can streamline the quest creation process. In this guide, we will walk through the steps to create a basic quest in a UE5 game with the assistance of ChatGPT.

Step 1: Setting Up Your UE5 Project

First, ensure that you have Unreal Engine 5 installed on your system. Launch UE5 and create a new project. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll start with a basic template suitable for a role-playing game (RPG). Select the "Games" category, then choose a template such as "Third Person" to provide a good starting point with a character and basic movement already implemented.

Step 2: Defining the Quest

Before jumping into UE5, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of what the quest entails. Let’s outline a simple quest:

Quest Name: The Lost Artifact Objective: Find the lost artifact in the ancient ruins and return it to the village elder. Steps:

  1. Speak with the village elder to receive the quest.
  2. Travel to the ancient ruins.
  3. Locate and collect the artifact.
  4. Return to the village elder with the artifact.

With this outline in place, we can now start implementing the quest in UE5.

Step 3: Creating NPCs and Dialogue

3.1 Creating the Village Elder NPC

In UE5, create a new Blueprint class for the village elder. This can be done by right-clicking in the Content Browser, selecting “Blueprint Class,” and choosing “Character” as the parent class. Name it “BP_VillageElder.”

  1. Design the NPC: Use UE5's character design tools to give the village elder a distinctive appearance.
  2. Add Dialogue: To implement dialogue, create a UI widget for the dialogue system. Right-click in the Content Browser, select “User Interface,” then “Widget Blueprint.” Name it “WBP_Dialogue.”

3.2 Using ChatGPT for Dialogue

ChatGPT can generate natural-sounding dialogue for your NPCs. Here’s an example prompt and response for the village elder:

Prompt: Generate a dialogue for a village elder who gives a quest to find a lost artifact in the ancient ruins.

ChatGPT Response:

Village Elder: "Greetings, traveler. Our village is in dire need of your help. An ancient artifact, key to our heritage, has been lost in the nearby ruins. We need you to retrieve it for us. Will you accept this quest?" Player: [Accept] Village Elder: "Thank you, brave soul. The ruins lie to the east, shrouded in mystery and danger. Find the artifact and bring it back to me. Good luck."

Integrate this dialogue into your WBP_Dialogue widget. Add text boxes and buttons to handle the player's interaction.

Step 4: Implementing the Quest Logic

4.1 Setting Up Quest Variables

Create a new Blueprint class named “BP_QuestManager” to manage quest states. In this class, add variables to track the quest's progress:

  • bQuestAccepted (boolean)
  • bArtifactCollected (boolean)

4.2 Starting the Quest

In the BP_VillageElder Blueprint, set up an event to start the quest. Use a trigger box around the elder to detect player interaction. When the player interacts, display the dialogue UI and, upon acceptance, set bQuestAccepted to true.

Event OnInteract { if (Player Interacts) { Show Dialogue Widget; if (Player Accepts) { BP_QuestManager.bQuestAccepted = true; } } }

Step 5: Creating the Ancient Ruins

5.1 Designing the Ruins

Create a new level for the ancient ruins. Populate it with environmental assets to create a convincing ruin. Add obstacles and enemies to make the quest challenging.

5.2 Placing the Artifact

Create a Blueprint for the artifact, named “BP_Artifact.” Add a mesh to represent the artifact visually. In the Blueprint, add logic to detect when the player collects the artifact:

Event OnCollected { BP_QuestManager.bArtifactCollected = true; Destroy Artifact Mesh; }

Step 6: Returning to the Village Elder

Back in the main village level, update the BP_VillageElder Blueprint to handle the quest completion. When the player interacts with the elder again, check if the artifact has been collected and complete the quest:

Event OnInteract { if (BP_QuestManager.bArtifactCollected) { Show Dialogue Widget (Quest Complete); Reward Player; } else if (BP_QuestManager.bQuestAccepted) { Show Dialogue Widget (Reminder to find the artifact); } }

Step 7: Playtesting and Iteration

With the basic quest implemented, it’s time to playtest. Launch the game and walk through the quest from start to finish. Pay attention to the flow of interactions, any bugs or issues, and areas where the quest could be improved.

Step 8: Enhancing with ChatGPT

ChatGPT can be invaluable for enhancing the quest with richer dialogue, branching choices, and more immersive storytelling. Here are some additional uses for ChatGPT:

  • Creating Side Quests: Ask ChatGPT to generate ideas for side quests related to the main quest.
  • Dynamic Dialogue: Use ChatGPT to create multiple dialogue options based on the player’s progress or choices.
  • Backstory and Lore: Generate backstory and lore for the artifact, the village elder, and the ancient ruins to add depth to your game world.


Creating a basic quest in UE5 involves a series of steps, from planning and designing NPCs to implementing quest logic and playtesting. By leveraging ChatGPT, developers can streamline the writing process, generate engaging dialogue, and enrich the storytelling aspect of their games. The combination of UE5’s powerful tools and ChatGPT’s language capabilities can significantly enhance the game development process, making it more efficient and enjoyable. As you gain experience, you can expand upon these basics to create more complex and immersive quests, ultimately crafting a richer gaming experience for your players.