It feels like Wizards of the Coast’s new studio, Archetype Entertainment, is trying to slowly become BioWare. The studio is already run by two ex-BioWare veterans and now Drew Karpyshyn, lead writer of Mass Effect 1 and 2, has joined the ranks.
Karpyshyn announced his new position on his blog. “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, 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. I know we have big shoes to fill. With BioWare, I was part of a legacy that will endure forever. We created some of the most beloved CRPGs of the past two decades. But I truly believe at Archetype we have the talent and the opportunity to do something just as amazing!”
Archetype’s first project is a roleplaying game set in a science fiction universe. While that doesn’t tell us much, knowing the people that helped shape Mass Effect 1 and 2, Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights and are involved, I will be watching their every move.