Ex-BioWare Dev Starts New Studio Under Wizards Of The Coast

Former BioWare lead designer James Ohlen will be heading a new studio under Wizards of the Coast. Wizards is most famously known for developing and publishing Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.

Ohlen’s CV at BioWare is a pretty impressive one, having spanned over 22 years during his spell there.

James Ohlen

His previous works at BioWare included the Baldur’s Gate classic RPG series, which he recently wrote and developed a tabletop D&D adventure module for, Jade Empire, Neverwinter Nights, Dragon Age: Origins and Knights of the Old Republic.

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“I didn’t think that I would be coming back to the game industry so soon but working with Wizards is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Ohlen with regards to working with WotC. “Our mutual love of RPGs, world-building, and interactive storytelling is a perfect match.”

While no news about what exactly the new studio led by Ohlen will be designing, he has confirmed it has nothing to do with regards to either the D&D or Baldur’s Gate IPs, despite WotC being famed for both.

Prior to joining Wizards, Ohlen recently managed to fully fund a Kickstarter project of a new D&D adventure supplement, Odyssey of the Dragon Lords. So far, the project amassed over US$200,000 — four times the initial goal of US$50,000.

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