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Magic firm Wizards of the Coast taps BioWare vets for new studio

Magic firm Wizards of the Coast taps BioWare vets for new studio

Tabletop games giant Wizards of the Coast has established a brand new video games developer called Archetype Entertainment.

The Austin, Texas-based venture is being headed up by vets from EA's BioWare, James Ohlen (pictured) and Chad Robertson and will reportedly be working on a brand new sci-fi IP.

It was already known that Ohlen had joined Wizards of the Coast but Archetype Entertainment was yet to be revealed.

"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," the developer's website read.

"We are building games that represent the diversity of our audience. We also believe that game studios should empower top developers and challenge them with ambitious projects that are shaped by a strong, clearly communicated creative vision."

Wizards of the Coast is best known as the company behind collectible card game Magic: The Gathering and also holds the license for tabletop favour Dungeons and Dragons. The firm has long wanted to get into the video games business, but has often done so by licensing out its IP to developers, seen with the Baldur's Gate franchise. The firm said last year that it wants to start making the most of the myriad fantasy IP it has in its stable.

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