is a new studio under the Wizards of the Coast
banner that is currently underway on a new multi-platform sci-fi RPG. One of the studio's key members is Drew Karpyshyn, veteran writer and ex-BioWare
lead who was instrumental in shaping the stories of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
and the first two Mass Effect
In a new personal blog post
detailing his arrival at the new studio, Drew outlines his time at BioWare and, in a surprisingly frank manner, what led to his departure.
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.
Adding that at Archetype Entertainment, it feels like his early days at BioWare. And with that there's genuine excitement and passion for the project he's working on - going so far as to acknowledge that many will see the game as a spiritual successor of sorts to classic BioWare.
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!
As the lead writer at the new studio, which also boasts other ex-BioWare talent like Chad Robinson, we're keen to see what this mysterious new sci-fi project turns out to be. And if it will capture some of that classic RPG gold from the past.