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Bioware veterans form Archetype Entertainment, working on sci-fi RPG

Published: 17:05, 31 January 2020
Updated: 17:08, 31 January 2020
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Wizards of the Coast have been quite busy as of late, what with Magic the Gathering making a serious push into the digital realm, but the latest news is arguably even more exciting for those who prefer story-driven RPGs over trading card games.

Archetype Entertainment has been founded in 2019 but they've clearly been busy putting all the necessary cogs in place before announcing anything. What they announced, however, has got us excited already, even if there's very little info to go by at the moment. 

What we do know is that they're aiming to "create the greatest story-driven roleplaying games in the world", and a glance at the list of Archetype's head honchos is more than enough for us to be filled with hope. 

We're talking about Archetype's head of studio James Ohlen, whom you probably from his work as creative director on just about all the best Bioware games, and general manager Chad Robertson. 

Just to give you some perspective, Ohlen's departure from Bioware came after a brief stint on Anthem, where he realised that administrative work and managing large teams is not what he enjoys about game development. Robertson jumped ship after what must've been a gargantuan task of mediating between the disgruntled Anthem players and the company. 

"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", ""'Ohlen said.

Archetype Entertainment Space station concept art Archetype Entertainment, Concept Art

The website says, "We are assembling a world-class team to build a multi-platform roleplaying game set in a new science fiction universe."
This couldn't be better news at the moment, because the proliferation of live-service games, or whatever you choose to call them, has long been deemed a threat to singleplayer RPGs. And that's even though, ironically, many of them stand as archetypes of quality video games, no pun intended.

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