Former Mass Effect Lead Writer Joins Studio of Ex-Bioware Devs to Work on New Sci-Fi RPG

Former Mass Effect Lead Writer Joins Studio of Ex-Bioware Devs to Work on New Sci-Fi RPG

Ben Borthwick

Mass Effect 1 and 2 lead writer Drew Karpyshyn has announced that he is to become the Lead Writer at Archetype Entertainment who are working on a "multi-platform roleplaying game set in a new science fiction universe."

Karpyshyn made the announcement on his blog (spotted via Eurogamer) revealing he had joined the studio - which was set up by fellow former Bioware employee and creative director on Baldur's Gate, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and Dragon Age: Origins to name but three - James Ohlen. Another member of the new team is Chad Robertson, who left Bioware in October of last year after 14 years with the studio. 

Speaking on his time with Bioware and why he moved to the new studio, Karpyshyn said "I’ve been in the video game industry for twenty years now. When I started at BioWare, everything was fresh and exciting. It was a dream job – talented people working together to create epic games like Baldur’s Gate, KOTOR, Mass Effect and Dragon Age. But as we grew and became more successful, things changed. We became more corporate. We were less able to make what we loved, and the teams were pushed to create games based on market research rather than our creative instincts and passions. My dream job became just a job, and I lost the enthusiasm and excitement I once had."

"But with Archetype," he continued,  "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."

There's not a huge amount given away on exactly the game Archetype are working on just yet, although their website says that they are "assembling a world-class team to build a multi-platform roleplaying game set in a new science fiction universe" and are working under the Wizards of the Coast umbrella. Though it's early days yet, this is one we and other RPG fans will definitely be keeping an eye on as time progresses, and fingers crossed it'll be making its way to an Xbox platform when it does.

[via Eurogamer]

  • Biowhere? there!
  • I feel like he just confirmed what we've been suspecting about Bioware for a long time, that the people at the top had stepped in and fucked everything up. Ugh. That's so sad. They were once one of the few developers I trusted to do no wrong. Like blizzard...
  • This is exciting. Maybe in the next couple years we will get a game that feels more like Mass Effect than Andromeda ever did.
  • Who didn’t foresee the inevitable fall of BioWare when EA took over?
  • As soon as I read this title, I thought "please tell me it's Drew Karpyshyn." Sure enough, it is. I am practically already sold. This guy IMO is the most talented writer in the business.
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