Mass Effect lead writer joins Wizards of the Coast's sci-fi RPG

By Heidi Nicholas,
Drew Karpyshyn was lead writer at BioWare for over a decade, working on some of their most popular titles; Mass Effect, the Baldur's Gate series, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic among many others. Now, he's taking that experience over to Archetype Entertainment, where he'll be lead writer on their upcoming sci-fi RPG.

Archetype Entertainment

Archetype Entertainment was announced just a few weeks ago, as an autonomous division under the Wizards of the Coast umbrella. All we know about what they're working on is that it's a multi-platform RPG set in a new sci-fi universe, and while Karpyshyn isn't revealing any more details, he's definitely excited: "The feel in the studio reminds me of my early days at BioWare", he says in a blog post.

Karpyshyn goes into a little more detail about his time at BioWare, which he left twice; once in 2012 to work on other projects and then again in 2018, after rejoining the studio three years earlier to work on Anthem. "I’ve been in the video game industry for twenty years now", he wrote. "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." But he says that at Archetype, his "passion has been rekindled".

"I know we have big shoes to fill", he finishes. "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! This journey is only beginning, and I know it will be long and challenging. But for the first time in a long time, I can’t wait to travel down this path again!" Archetype was only announced at the end of January, so it might be some time before we have news about what they're working on. But we know that it's headed by two other BioWare veterans, and now that they're joined by BioWare's former lead writer, it's definitely something to keep an eye on. We'll let you know when they announce more.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!