SWTOR’s James Ohlen is heading up a new Wizards of the Coast game studio working on a new IP

    
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I guess James Ohlen isn’t totally out of game dev quite yet. After announcing his retirement in July of 2018 and then going on to open a Kickstarter for his own D&D adventure book, Ohlen has been selected by Wizards of the Coast to be the head of a new game studio opening in Austin, Texas, and has confirmed that the studio will be working on a new IP.

Details are understandably sparse at this point, considering Ohlen’s tenure at Wizards of the Coast won’t begin until this May. Even so, details from VentureBeat reveal that this new game will not be from the worlds of Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, or Ohlen’s own projects at Arcanum Worlds.

We’re also not sure whether this new game will be on PC, console, or mobile. All we do know is that Ohlen will be heading up the entire thing and he seems pretty jazzed about it. “My plan was to spend several years away from the industry and just focus on doing the books, [but] they really impressed me with the culture,” Ohlen is quoted as saying in a phone interview. “They were offering me an opportunity to come to work on the kind of personal projects that reminded me of my first five years through decade at BioWare.”

WotC president Chris Crocks is similarly effusive, according to quotes in an email interview. “James is probably responsible for half of my favorite games of all time, so we’re giving him space to imagine new worlds and characters that he’d like to explore,” said Crocks. “We think James is the perfect choice to build new brands outside of our core franchises.”

source: VentureBeat
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semugh

I hope he will bring Karpyshyn with him.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Probably should have gone to brew beer with the good Doctors. Well, as long as EA doesn’t get a hold of WotC, this might actually turn out to be a good thing.

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Jeremy Barnes

Should probably leave SWTOR out of it and mention the rest of his career..

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XK

No Magic or D&D? What does that leave from WotC?

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NeoWolf

As a subsidiary of Hasbro it leaves them every i.p Hasbro has.. which is a lot.

Hasbro also has close ties with Disney via thier toy lines.. so it isn’t outside the realms of possibility that there could be some crossover there too.

Or it could be something new entirely.

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Mordyjuice

A combined universe MMO with Transformers, GI Joe, and MASK?

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Jaymes Buckman

Talking about that Mobile Armored Strike Kommand? That’s some stuff.

Vaeris
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Vaeris

I am a firm believer in naming my characters with a lore based original name. That said, the only time I’ve broken that pattern I named a character after a MASK character.

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Vaeris

An original IP.

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Devin B

Could be awesome news. I follow a lot of old Bioware people on twitter and they often refer to him as really the hero and secret weapon of old Bioware. Being the lead designer of Baldurs Gate 1 & 2, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins and of course The Old Republic MMO.

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Vaeris

As long as he draws heavily from those first 5 years to decade at Bioware experience and style this might be interesting to me. If he pulls from post sell to EA, no thanks.

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MrNastyButler

Neat.