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Mass Effect lead writer Drew Karpyshyn joins ex-BioWare vets’ new Wizards of the Coast studio

Back in January, Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast unveiled Archetype Entertainment, a new video game development studio particularly notable for the fact that it’s being helmed by two ex-BioWare veterans – and now Mass Effect 1 and 2 lead writer Drew Karpyshyn has confirmed that he’s joined the team too.

Archetype’s studio head is former BioWare creative director and lead designer James Ohlen – who previously worked on the likes of Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – while another BioWare alumni, Chad Robertson, will be vice president and general manager. Karpyshyn, who left BioWare for the second time in March 2018, joins the Austin, Texas studio as lead writer.

Fans of BioWare’s classic output were already intrigued when Archetype Entertainment revealed it’s first title would be a new story-driven sci-fi RPG; couple that with the news its lead writer will be the man behind Mass Effect 1 and 2 – and who also has an enviable resume featuring the likes of Baldur’s Gate, Knights of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age – and that excitement is likely to raise a few notches higher.

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