Wizards of the Coast has announced it is launching a new game studio who will be focusing on story-driven RPGs.
Archetype Entertainment's employees number isn't known, the big two names are James Ohlen and Chad Robertson. Both previously worked for BioWare.
Ohlen, who was hired by Wizards of the Coast last April, was the lead designer and creative director on some of BioWare's greatest games: Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2, Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins and Star Wars: The Old Republic, while also contributing to Jade Empire, Mass Effect.
Taking up the General Manager role, Robertson's mainly known as Head of Live Service for Anthem, though he previously worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic. He left Bioware Austin in November of last year, but before that was a main point of contact between the community and Bioware, providing updates on attempts to fix the game following its launch.
Interestingly, Archetype Entertainment isn't starting with games based on Wizards of the Coast's two major properties. Instead, it is working on a "story driven", "multi-platform roleplaying game set in a new science fiction universe".
Wizards of the Coast has made a push into video games. Between Archetype Entertainment's project, the recently-released Magic the Gathering: Arena, and the upcoming Baldur's Gate 3 from Larian, it's worth watching the publisher in the years to come.