Update, March 12 at 1pm: Writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves BioWare, joins Fogbank Entertainment.
Mass Effect’s lead writer, Drew Karpyshyn, has announced he is leaving BioWare, for a second time, to pursue personal projects and join Fogbank Entertainment.
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Karpyshyn left Bioware once before, in 2012, to work on his original novels, but rejoined the company in 2015 to continue working on Star Wars: The Old Republic. Karpyshyn had been working on Anthem before his departure.
“I know a lot of you are wondering why I’m doing this. For many people, working at BioWare would be their dream job and they can’t imagine anyone stepping away from it. But it was time for me to move on,” Karpyshyn explains on his website.
“Everyone who works at BioWare pours their heart and soul into the games they are making. It’s creatively demanding and – at times – exhausting. In the past, I’ve managed to juggle outside projects with my work at BioWare, but it always took a toll. And there were always outside projects I had to pass on because they would represent a conflict of interest with BioWare or EA properties.”
Original story, March 12 at 12pm: Star Wars: The Old Republic creative director is making a Telltale-like game.
Fogbank Entertainment is part of FoxNext Games, a division of 21st Century Fox, and therefore Disney. Fogbank Entertainment’s debut project will be an episodic narrative game in the vein of Telltale’s many adventures. The game is set to draw from film studio 20th Century Fox’s characters, stories, and locations. Which means we could see a game based on the likes of Home Alone, The Simpsons, Deadpool, or even Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace.
Erickson is at the helm of Fogbank Entertainment, as the studio’s director, accompanied by veterans such as Kabam’s Nathan Germick, as executive producer, and former BioWare lead writer Alex Reed, who will oversee narrative development.
“FoxNext is committed to developing quality gaming experiences, and Fogbank is going to help us to develop an interactive storytelling platform that allows us to expand on Fox’s catalog of entertainment while also developing new, unique fiction,” Aaron Loeb, president of studios at FoxNext Games, says in a statement (via VentureBeat).
“Narrative and story-driven games continue to rank among the top grossing and most downloaded games across industry standards, and we’re assembling a team of people dedicating to furthering the form.”
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