Last year, Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons company Wizards of the Coast announced the creation of a new studio, headed by industry veteran and Baulder’s Gate Design Lead James Ohlen. This week, Wizards unveiled Archetype Entertainment, a brand new studio that’s already working on a multiplatform Sci-Fi RPG.
Studio head James Ohlen has an impressive history in the industry. He has been the lead or creative designer on many classic games. The list includes the likes of: Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Ohlen left BioWare in 2018 to create a new publishing company: Arcanum Worlds. He was quickly picked up by WoTC in 2019, and now we know why.
Archetype Entertainment is based in Austin, TX, a hub for up and coming tech and game development. Their upcoming multi-platform Sci-Fi RPG has a lot of room to breathe. Games like Magic Legends, Baldur’s Gate III, and Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance are all on their way. If they all do well, Wizards of the Coast and their parent company Hasbro will have a great few years in the video game sphere.
What exactly is Archetype working on? They’re a brand new studio, but they already have big plans. On their website, they write:
Archetype Entertainment is a game development studio in Austin, Texas led by industry veterans from BioWare and other AAA studios. Founded in 2019, Archetype is an autonomous division of Wizards of the Coast. We are assembling a world-class team to build a multi-platform roleplaying game set in a new science fiction universe. At Archetype, we believe there will always be a place for story-driven roleplaying games that put the player at the center of an epic personal narrative with impactful choices. We are building games that represent the diversity of our audience. We also believe that game studios should empower top developers and challenge them with ambitious projects that are shaped by a strong, clearly communicated creative vision.
If this means a game even remotely close to the classics that Ohlen and other designers have under their belt, there is a bright future for Archetype and their mysterious Sci-Fi RPG.