Wizards of the Coast’s brand-new game advancement studio, Archetype Home entertainment, has actually landed another former BioWare veteran: Drew Karpyshyn, the lead writer on Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 and senior writer on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
Karpyshyn worked at BioWare for more than 18 years, according to his LinkedIn profile, and is joining his former colleagues James Ohlen and Chad Robertson at Archetype. On his personal website, Karpyshyn stated the young studio advises him of BioWare’s “early days.”
“When I started at BioWare, everything was fresh and exciting,” Karpyshyn composed. “It was a dream task– gifted individuals interacting to develop legendary games like Baldur’s Gate, KOTOR, Mass Effect and Dragon Age. As we ended up being and grew more effective, things altered. We ended up being more business. We were less able to make what we liked, and the teams were pressed to develop games based upon market research study instead of our imaginative impulses and enthusiasms. My dream task ended up being simply a task, and I lost the interest and enjoyment I as soon as had.
“But with Archetype, my passion has been rekindled. The feel in the studio reminds me of my early days at BioWare; I can feel the magic in the air. And even though I can’t get too deep into the specifics of what we’re working on yet, we’re already generating plenty of excitement in the industry.”
Wizards of the Coast revealed in 2019 that it prepared to construct a brand-new game advancement studio, and worked with James Ohlen (Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic) to run the Austin, Texas-based business. In January, that studio was christened Archetype Home entertainment.
Archetype’s debut project is referred to as a multiplatform role-playing game “set in an all-new science fiction universe that will send players on a story-driven epic where choices they make will have real consequences on how their story unfolds.” The property will be set outside of Wizards’ Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Event franchises.