When the two former BioWare bosses recently founded their new studio Archetype, they revealed only one thing: "Our goal is to develop the greatest story RPG in the world." Your chances of doing so increase, because now a third big BioWare Chef joined the studio – Drew Karpyshyn, who was previously the lead writer on the first two Mass Effect parts.
Dear Mass Effect and Dragon Age fans, you should get the name Archetype notice: The studio has only recently sprouted out of the ground, but is now ruling here three big BioWare names: James Ohlen (Creative Director of Baldur’s Gate, KotoR and Dragon Age: Origins), Chad Robertson (Head of Live Service at Anthem) and from now on Drew Karpyshyn (Lead Writer at Mass Effect 1 & 2). He wrote a lot of the history of KotoR, so we can certainly hope for a good story from Archetype.
Karpyshyn left BioWare in 2018, worked on smaller projects and is now lead writer at Archetype – like him on announced his blog, On the same train he talks about his departure from BioWare, and chats a little out of the sewing box. After everything that has happened over the years (rather: Anthem), we might all have thought that BioWare had some internal problems (rather: crunch and overtime). But the studio also has that massively changed by successas Karpyshyn describes:
“I've been part of the video game industry for twenty years. When I started at BioWare, everything was fresh and exciting. It was a dream job – Talented people worked together to develop 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 do what we loved, and the teams pushed us to develop games based on market analysis rather than our creative instincts and passion. My dream job became a normal job, and I suddenly lost my enthusiasm and enthusiasm. "
It is one old, well-known story: Studio grows and becomes successful, bosses change, studio wants to be even more successful and suddenly the focus is no longer on creativity, but on money. Whether BioWare did that well is a completely different matter. Whoever is doing it right is without question Archetype – and Karpyshyn himself, whose “passion is now reviving.” I am excited about the games the studio will develop.
Original message from January 31, 4:39 pm
Archetype wants to develop "big sci-fi RPG"
Role-playing fans, roll your digital dice: Under the patronage of Magic: The Gathering developer Wizards of the Coast, the new studio wants Archetype entertainment on story fiction role-playing game develop. This is particularly exciting because the founders are involved two former BioWare employees that both held leading positions: James Ohlen and Chad Robertson.
As creative director, James Ohlen previously worked on Baldur’s Gate series, Neverwinter Nights, KotOR, Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect; he was employed by BioWare for 22 years. Chad Robertson, on the other hand, was best known as the manager of Anthem's live services – he spent 14 years at BioWare. The two say they are currently gathering a team of star developers to create an AAA role-playing game with a focus on story and decisions:
“We're putting together a world-class team to develop a multi-platform role-playing game set in a new science fiction universe. At Archetype we believe that there is always a place for Story-focused role-playing games will give the player in the center of one epic, personal story put and them meaningful decisions left. "
Now Archetype just has to do the words. Since the studio was just founded, there is of course no game title or the like – but Mass Effect fans in particular should keep their eyes open and watch the studio. Who knows? Maybe we will think back to that moment in ten years when Archetype releases its great sci-fi role-playing game. After all, it could be good.