Wizards of the Coast has been making a big move into games, and its most recent effort just picked up another veteran. Drew Karpyshyn will be joining Archetype Entertainment, a new Austin-based studio under Wizards of the Coast with a number of other BioWare veterans, to work on its unannounced sci-fi RPG.
Announced on Karpyshyn's blog yesterday, the writer who worked on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect will be the lead writer for Archetype. Karpyshyn is no stranger to Wizards of the Coast, as it published his first novel Temple Hill; likewise, he joins several other BioWare veterans like James Ohlen and Chad Robertson.
Karpyshyn writes that when he started at BioWare, it was a "dream job." But as the company grew, it became more "corporate," and teams were "pushed to create games based on market research rather than our own creative instincts and passions."
"But with Archetype, my passion has been rekindled," Karpyshyn writes. "The feel in the studio reminds me of my early days at BioWare; I can feel the magic in the air."
Archetype is working on a "multi-platform roleplaying game set in a new science fiction universe," one that will seem to "put the player at the center of an epic personal narrative with impactful choices." Sounds pretty BioWare to me.
BioWare, meanwhile is hard at work on both substantional revisions of its looter shooter Anthem and the still-distant Dragon Age 4. It's not certain that Archetype is looking to deliver a Mass Effect-style experience, but if they were, they're assembling the right crew to do it.