Ex-Bioware staff creating new RPG at Wizards of the Coast


Wizards of the Coast, known for tabletop giants Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, have recruited a number of former Bioware developers for their new video game studio.

The studio, named Archetype Entertainment, is based in Austin, Texas. It is already at work on a new multiplatform science fiction RPG.

But the news gets even more interesting. Archetype Entertainment has secured some top tier development talent, well-versed in creating D&D style video game RPGs.

The first is James Ohlen, formerly of Bioware, now Archetype’s studio head. Ohlen previously worked at Bioware on Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: KOTOR and Dragon Age: Origins.

Joining Ohlen is Chad Robertson, another former Bioware staffer. Robertson was most recently working at Bioware on Anthem as head of live services. He now serves as Archetype’s vice president and general manager.

The news follows several game announcements from Wizards of the Coast in late 2019. WotC is working with Larian Studios on Baldur’s Gate 3, and announced Magic: Legends and Dark Alliance at The Game Awards in December. Magic: Legends is an MMO action-RPG based on MtG. Dark Alliance is a spiritual successor to the Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance series of console dungeon crawlers.

As for Archetype’s new sci-fi work-in-progress, we’re really hoping for Spelljammer.

Check out our review of the latest D&D book, Eberron: Rising from the Last War, right here.

Source: Archetype Entertainment


David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.

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