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Looks like DnD’s publisher is now making horror video games

D&D and Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast announced a new AAA video game studio on July 26 – and it looks like a horror game could be next on the cards. Skeleton Key Studios states in its new Twitter bio that its games will aim to create “inspiring moments of suspense and horror that guide players to have fun and face their fears.” If that doesn’t sound like some creepy Ravenloft-style shenanigans, we don’t know what is.

We’re not sure what type of game Skeleton Key Studios will debut with (or if it will tie into any existing Wizards IPs), but we do find out who is leading the mission. A Wizards press release on Tuesday revealed that former Dragon Age executive producer Christian Dailey has joined Skeleton Key as vice president and head of studio.

In addition to working on the popular fantasy RPG BioWare, Dailey’s 20 years of gaming experience includes working with Electronic Arts and Blizzard. “I’m thrilled to begin this new adventure with the company that created so many of my favorite toys and games growing up,” Dailey said in Wizards’ press release. “Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast have been a huge influence on me, their brands have inspired my pursuit of a career in video games.”

“We are thrilled to continue to build our roster of exceptionally talented digital game leaders and to welcome Christian to the team,” Wizards of the Coast President Cynthia Williams said. “We will greatly benefit from the experience this team and this new video game studio will bring to Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro.”

It is the sixth North American video game studio added to Wizards’ portfolio. Tuque Games released Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance in 2021, but it proved to be a frustrating and repetitive co-op battler. It’s the only one of Wizards’ Digital Studios to have paid off so far.

Archetype Entertainment (also made up of ex-BioWare developers) is currently working on a sci-fi role-playing game, while Atomic Arcade is hiring developers to work on a “GI Joe Snake Eyes game.” Wizards also has two unnamed studios in Washington state, but their plans are still unclear.

Margarita W. Wilson

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