Mass Effect writer Mac Walters to lead new NetEase Studio, Worlds Untold
Mac Walters, best known for his work on the Mass Effect franchise at BioWare, has founded and will lead Worlds Untold, a new studio under Chinese company NetEase.
NetEase announced the formation of the Vancouver-based remote studio on its website, stating that Worlds Untold will focus on creating "AAA action adventure games with an emphasis on narrative and worldbuilding." According to the company, the developer's first project is already in the works and will be a "near future, action adventure game in a breathtaking world filled with mystery and exploration."
Walters, the studio head, left BioWare earlier this year after more than 19 years with the company. He worked as a lead writer and later director for the Mass Effect series from the first game to the most recent release, Andromeda, and was also the project director for the Legendary Edition compilation. Prior to his departure, the writer was also the production director for the upcoming Dragon Age: Dreadwolf.
Other than Walters, its employees include audio director Sotaro Tojima, head of art Ramil Sunga, head of technology Ben Goldstein, and head of production Elizabeth Lehtonen, all of whom have worked on notable franchises such as Metal Gear Solid, Halo, The Sims, and Dragon Age.
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