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Former Mass Effect And Dragon Age Director Establishes New Studio

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Mac Walters served as the lead writer on Mass Effect 2 and 3, and the new studio will concentrate on narrative and world-building

A veteran of Mass Effect and Dragon Age has announced the formation of their own AAA game studio focused on narrative and worldbuilding.

Mac Walters, who worked at BioWare for 19 years before leaving in 2023, is now the CEO of Worlds Untold, a new studio. The remote studio is based in Vancouver, Canada, and it joins the portfolio of studios owned by China-based tech company NetEase Games.

Walters previously served as project director for Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, lead writer for Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, and production director for Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. If you like those games, you might like what Worlds Untold has in store for you.

According to a press release, the company’s new studio will focus on AAA action-adventure games with “an emphasis on narrative and worldbuilding.” Worlds Untold plans to create franchises with “endless possibilities” and “IPs with depth and possibility that can’t be contained in a single game, or even a single medium, ” according to NetEase. So expect a slew of related projects from the new studio.

Mac Walters worked on the famous Mass Effect franchise.

Finally, NetEase announces that the team’s debut project, an action-adventure game set in “a near future” and set in a “breathtaking world filled with mystery and exploration,” is currently in development. There are also many open positions at Worlds Untold, so if this sounds like the type of game you’d like to work on, now is the time to apply.

“We’re creating incredible and meaningful stories that we believe are best told and experienced through play. We are starting by crafting worlds that we all dream of discovering and then will put the player in the leading role of the most unforgettable adventures,” Walters also revealed during the press release.

The creator of Mass Effect isn’t the only industry veteran on the team. Worlds Untold also features developers from Metal Gear Solid, Halo, The Sims, Dragon Age, Assassin’s Creed, and other titles.