Ohlen, head of studio, has served as creative director and lead designer on BioWare games such as Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
Robertson was also previously at BioWare Austin, where he served as head of technology and studio director. Robertson was head of live services for BioWare’s Anthem before leaving the studio in November. He’ll serve as vice president and studio general manager at Archetype.
Archetype’s debut project is described as a multi-platform role-playing game “set in an all-new science fiction universe that will send players on a story-driven epic where choices they make will have real consequences on how their story unfolds.” The property will be set outside of the D&D and Magic franchises.
I know Hasbro has been dumping money into Wizards over the past couple of years and expects a sizable increase in revenue from them, obviously from the Magic properties, but also I guess from video games beyond the usual D&D ports (which seem to be slowing down aside from junky mobile games?). It sounds like the new studio has some pedigree behind it, but I have a feeling that we won't be hearing about any projects from them for a few years. Still, always nice to hear about studios forming instead of shutting down or laying off a million people.