Wizards of the Coast unveils new studio, Skeleton Key, for brand new AAA online game undertaking – GeekWire

Contained in the Wizards of the Coast headquarters in Renton, Wash. (GeekWire Picture / Kurt Schlosser)

Renton, Wash.-based gaming firm Wizards of the Coast opened a brand new studio in Austin, Texas, to create a brand new, high-budget online game.

The brand new studio, Skeleton Key, is headed by Christian Dailey, a 30-year veteran of the video games trade with expertise at THQ, Pandemic, and Digital Arts.

Dailey lately left BioWare after a four-year stint as an government producer, the place he labored totally on the Dragon Age sequence of open-ended laptop role-playing video games, together with the forthcoming fourth installment. Dailey joins Wizards as a vp and Head of Studio for Skeleton Key.

“I’m excited to be beginning this new journey with the corporate that has created so lots of my favourite toys and video games rising up,” Dailey stated in a press launch. “We’re trying ahead to rising our studio crew with extra proficient creators who share our ardour.”

Wizards has solely stated that Skeleton Key’s debut undertaking is a “new AAA online game,” with no particulars about its style, setting, or supposed viewers. The “AAA” label sometimes signifies that the studio will get pleasure from vital funding and make use of a big crew of creatives; that in flip signifies that it’s unlikely there’ll be any extra information from Skeleton Key for the foreseeable future, as AAA video games can take a number of years to make.

“We’re thrilled to proceed to construct our roster of exceptionally proficient digital gaming leaders and welcome Christian to the crew,” stated Cynthia Williams, Wizards of the Coast president, in a launch. “We’ll vastly profit from the expertise that this crew and new studio deliver to Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro.”

Skeleton Key’s Wizards of the Coast’s sixth online game studio in North America. It’s additionally not the primary video games growth studio Wizards has opened in Austin with personnel from BioWare; Wizards beforehand based Archetype Leisure in 2019 with former BioWare inventive director James Ohlen as its head and Drew Karpyshyn (Mass Impact) as lead author.

Wizards’ different North American recreation growth studios embody Atomic Arcade in Raleigh, N.C., which was based final yr and is presently engaged on a G.I. Joe recreation starring the character Snake Eyes; Tuque Video games (Darkish Alliance) in Montreal; and two unnamed areas in Washington state.

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