Wizards of the Coast, the folks responsible for Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons have announced that it is opening a new studio, to be lead by former BioWare creative director, James Ohlen.
During his time at BioWare, Ohlen worked on some of the studios biggest series including KOTOR, Dragon Age, and Baldur's Gate, but left the studio last year, stating that he needed to spend some time out of the game industry.
Speaking with Gamesindustry.biz, Ohlen stated "I had pretty well turned down most opportunities for interviews to get back into the industry, but I talked to Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks, and he gave me a scenario that was very intriguing and interesting, so I flew up to Seattle and sat down with Wizards of the Coast for six hours of interviews. It was like the scene out of The Godfather where it was an offer that was too good to refuse."
Obviously, it's too early to announce what the new studio will be working on, but Ohlen says "I think it's more personal than the projects I was working on in the latter half of my career at BioWare/EA," and that "the first step is to build a franchise that will endure, like Magic and D&D, and we'll figure out the right platforms for that world to express itself over the years to come."
Wizards have had a solid run recently, seeing increasing popularity in Magic: The Gathering Arena. Being the massive MTG fan I am, I'm intrigued to see what this new studio has cooking.
Kingdom Hearts III was a fun jaunt through a plethora of fantastic Disney worlds, but the journey was perhaps a little too easy for some.
Thankfully, Square Enix is updating the game with the much requested Critical Mode, which appeared in previous entries in the series.
Kingdom Hearts III director, Tetsuya Nomura announced on Twitter that the game's Critical ode will arrive on April 23 (PT). Check out the Tweet below.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that something related to Knights of the Old Republic is in development.
Talking with Josh Horowitz from MTV News, Kennedy replied to a question about KOTOR saying "You know, we talk about that all the time."
"Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn't start to feel like too much."
During the latest episode of Inside Xbox, Microsoft pulled back the curtain on its first Digital-only Xbox One.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition strips the disc drive, making it the first current-gen console to entirely forgo physical media options.
Microsoft announced that the console will come with three pre-installed games: Forza Horizon 3. Sea of Thieves and Minecraft, making the USD$250 (about NZD$ 370) price point quite the bargain when factoring in the individual cost of the games included.
Epic Games has gained some serious first-person shooter clout with its hiring of Jason West.
The company is yet to confirm West's role at the company beyond a vague mention that he will be "contributing to Epic's development efforts.
West co-founded Infinity Ward alongside Vince Zampalla and Grant Collier in 2002, with the studio going on to produce some of the most celebrated Call of Duty titles in the franchise's history.
One of gamings most prolific adventurers is making her way back to the big screen for a sequel to 2018's Tomb Raider film.
Warner Bros. and MGM confirmed the news and announced that Alicia Vikander has signed up to return as Lara Croft. Amy Jump, best known for her work on Free Fire, Kill List and High-Rise is set to write the script.
2018's Tomb Raider had mixed reviews from both fans and critics alike, yet still managed to gross over $270 million at the box office with a production budget of around $100 million.
Jedi: Fallen Order's panel at the Star Wars Celebration event has unveiled a number of new details for the game – including its first trailer.
Set after the events of Episode III, the story of Fallen Order will follow a padawan called Cal Kestis who survived the devastating Order 66.
Kestis is played by actor Cameron Monaghan – known for his roles on Shameless and Gotham.
French publisher Focus Home Interactive has announced a new partnership with Sumo Digital during its annual What's Next event.
Known most recently for its work on Crackdown 3, Sumo Digital's work also includes Little Big Planet 3, Forza Horizon 2, and Dead Island 2.
The first title from this partnership will be a multiplayer experience set in a universe that is "as dark as it is violent." The unannounced title will be developed by recently-acquired Sumo Newcastle – the studio behind EVE: Valkyrie.
IO Interactive has revealed the studio's Hitman 2 content road map for the year ahead.
The developer is promising new locations, new missions and new sniper maps which can all be viewed in the image below. The upcoming content is mostly locked off for those that do not own the Silver or Gold versions of the game or its expansion pass. Those with access will have two new locations and two new sniper maps, along with a range of Special Assignments. Standard edition owners, while missing out on the bulk of new content will still get the new themes, costumes and the Santa Fortuna and Mumbai ghost modes.
“Sekiro represents a drastic change to the formula we've all become so intimate with. Combat is an entirely different beast and is arguably the best I've encountered in a From Software title.”
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