Mass Effect writer joins Archetype, future for Stardew dev, more!

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver and welcome back to your daily gaming update, Thursday, February 13th.

Lead writer of Mass Effect 1 & 2 joins Archetype Entertainment

To my RPG fans, I’d like to tell you about a development studio called Archetype Entertainment. It’s a notable studio because it’s owned by Wizards of the Coast, but also because taking the lead are two veterans of BioWare. Former creative director and lead designer James Ohlen, as well as a man by the name of Chad Robertson, who from what I can tell did a lot of technical stuff. Anyway they are in the news today because the lead writer for Mass Effect 1 and 2, Drew Karpyshyn has also confirmed that he is joining the studio. He has a deep portfolio from Bioware as well. Anyway here’s what Mr. Karpyshyn says about joining the studio, and I think it sums up pretty well why you should have your eye on it, “When I started at BioWare, everything was fresh and exciting. 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. But with Archetype, my passion has been rekindled. The feel in the studio reminds me of my early days at BioWare.” You know we just talked a few days ago about Bioware and Anthem, so maybe these peeps will be able to fill that hole in your life. It has been confirmed that they are working on a sci-fi RPG.

ConcernedApe planning two more games

The creator of Stardew Valley, Eric Barone, otherwise known as ConcernedApe, has just revealed that he is working on a few new projects. One of them takes place in the world of Stardew Valley, but is not a farming game. And the other will tie in to Stardew in some way. However, he was very clear, “please don’t get too hyped at this stage…I’d like to just make whatever game comes naturally to me without too much pressure or expectation.” He goes on to say that he’s not looking to make another smash hit, but just something that he is happy with. It’s also worth noting that Stardew took something like 4 years stright to develop with an insane number of hours put in, and he still is dedicating some time to that game with updates and whatnot. So don’t expect to see new things any time soon, but it’s in the works!

Need for Speed IP returns to Criteron

EA is pivoting with the Need For Speed franchise, and is changing developers for the franchise. The IP was previously placed in the hands of Ghost Games, who made the last four games. Unfortunately now they are going to be turning into an engineering hub to help with EA as a whole. So now it’s going back to Criteron, who previously made Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Most Wanted, and the Burnout series. Over the last few years, they’ve mostly been supporting EA DICE on their shooter game, so this will be a change of pace for them. We’ll see how it goes — I’m not sure if they are planning on releasing a game next year to fit with their schedule, but I think given them lots of time to develop would be a wise idea.

E3 leaks new website, Geoff Keighley backs out

We’ve got an update here on E3. Essentially what has happened is that they were planning a website redesign, and it got leaked. And this is very comical because last year they leaked the personal information of thousands of journalists, so people are justifiably beating them up any time they have some kind of security issue. In response to this, the creator of The Game Awards Geoff Keighley has said that he will not be attending, after doing so for 25 years straight and being a prominent figure for the show in years past. So we’ll see how things play out for the ESA, who runs E3, but that leak from last year still hasn’t been addressed by them and it just leaves a really sour taste in my mouth.

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