There’s a new D&D video game on the way from the Montreal studio formerly known as Tuque Games. Wizards of the Coast, which publishes Dungeons & Dragons, has relaunched the Canadian game developer as Invoke Studios – a revamped company focused on creating great games from the considerable source material that accompanies the territory.
Invoke and Wizards aren’t revealing much about the new game’s setting or genre, only teasing that it will be “built within the Dungeons & Dragons brand” and that the game will run on Unreal Engine 5. Invoke is directed by Dominic Guay, a veteran Ubisoft producer who worked as a senior producer on the Watch Dogs franchise.
“First, we have a new mission: to create ambitious, high-quality AAA games,” Guay told TechCrunch. “Who joins the studio, how we work, and the means we have at Invoke are all defined and focused on our mission.” He notes that the studio has formed a new “core team” over the past year made up of committed veteran developers in order to move towards its new goals.
“We have the biggest and most popular brand of fantasy role-playing games in Dungeons & Dragons,” Guay said in a press release. “Such a brand, with 50 years of history behind it, inspires developers and gives us enormous creative freedom.”
The Invoke team currently numbers around 80 people, but plans to grow to over 200 in the next three years. Wizards, itself a division of gaming giant Hasbro, bought Tuque Games in 2019 for an undisclosed amount to build its slate of digital games.
The studio released Dark Alliance, an action RPG set in the Forgotten Realms of D&D, last year. While critics haven’t suggested Dark Alliance broke new ground, the revived studio’s goals of adapting the D&D source material at hand seem loftier.
Invoke is just one element of the emerging digital game strategy within Wizards. Publisher D&D now has six different video game studios, including Austin-based Archetype Entertainment, which is working on a sci-fi RPG, Atomic Arcade, and Skeleton Key, a studio focused on directed horror and suspense games. by a Dragon producer. Age.
As Wizards ramps up the intensity of its internal gaming efforts, the most anticipated D&D game right now is Baldur’s Gate III, which is being developed through a licensing partnership with Larian, developer of the critically acclaimed Divinity: Original. Sin II.
“We’re proud to have a collection of top-notch game developers spearheading new studios around the world, including Invoke in Montreal led by Dom,” a spokesperson for Wizards of the Coast told TechCrunch. in an emailed statement.