Anna Zou graduated from Griffith University with Bachelor of Games Design. During her third year of study, she interned at Defiant.
Defiant hired Anna on contract as a Junior Designer for Hand of Fate where she says she “put a particularly stupid character into the game that players seemed to love and is probably part of why she[sic] was hired again”
After Anna completed her studies, she took time off to explore Japan during which she was offered a role as Senior Designer for Hand of Fate 2 which saw her return to Australia. She’s been in this role since.
Her role as Senior Designer saw her involved in quest design and writing, in charge of writing all the companions in Hand of Fate 2 (to date) and many of the NPCs. These aspects of the game have been well-received and are positively reviewed in the media. Anna has also been heavily involved in the Hand of Fate 2 DLC “Outlands and Outsiders.”
Anna spoke to MCV Pacific about her inclusion on the list, “Shout out to anyone out there who feels that they are too young or old or female or minority to succeed in a particular career – know that there are so many people out there that have your back. The hustle will be worth it in the end when little girls can grow up and see women killing it in every field. Except the field of literal murder because that it frowned upon. Don’t kill, kids.”