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William "Will" Shen worked for Bethesda Softworks as a quest designer and writer on Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.


For Fallout 4, Shen fleshed out the character of Nick Valentine alongside Liam Collins, based on a concept by Emil Pagliarulo.[Dev 1] He was also the lead designer of the add-on Far Harbor. His other works include quest design for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Starfield.

Shen left the company and joined Jeff Gardiner at Something Wicked Games in October 2023.[Dev 2][Ext 1]

Employment history

May 2009October 2023Bethesda SoftworksSenior Designer


2015Fallout 4Quest Designer & Writer
2016Far HarborLead Designer
2018Fallout 76Quest Designer & Writer


Developer Statements
  1. Emil Pagliarulo on Twitter: "Thank you, Mitch! :) I created Nick, his background etc., and he was fleshed out by designers Will Shen and Liam Collins."
  2. Will Shen on Twitter.com (Archived)