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Wizards of the Coast’s new game studio is making a new sci-fi RPG with BioWare vets

Archetype Entertainment joins the D&D and Magic: The Gathering company

Artwork of a futuristic structure in orange and blue against clouds Image: Archetype Entertainment/Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast, the company behind Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, is building a new game studio. Called Archetype Entertainment, the game developer will be led by former BioWare veterans James Ohlen and Chad Robertson.

Ohlen, head of studio, has served as creative director and lead designer on BioWare games such as Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Robertson was also previously at BioWare Austin, where he served as head of technology and studio director. Robertson was head of live services for BioWare’s Anthem before leaving the studio in November. He’ll serve as vice president and studio general manager at Archetype.

Archetype’s debut project is described as a multi-platform 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 the D&D and Magic franchises.

Wizards originally announced it was hiring Ohlen to lead a new studio in April 2019.

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