Exodus is the first game from Archetype Entertainment, a studio established by Wizards of the Coast in 2019 and staffed by former developers from BioWare, 343 Industries, Naughty Dog and other AAA establishments.
Exodus is a big and bold sci-fi RPG that deals with time dilation, the idea that time passes more slowly than we’re used to during high-velocity travel, causing interstellar explorers to outlive their friends and family back home.
In Exodus, humanity has been forced to abandon Earth and establish a new civilization in a hostile galaxy. Players are the Traveler, a person tasked with exploring far-off solar systems for advanced alien technology. What the Traveler counts in days, the rest of humanity experiences in decades. With this conceit, players’ choices will cause butterfly effects to ripple across humanity’s new planet, particularly in the lives of their own loved ones, and the Traveler will watch these play out over generations.
Player choice is a big part of Exodus, affecting individual combat moments and helping to shape the overall story arc.
The game includes alien weaponry and classic gunplay, a deep progression system, and a swathe of companion characters (yes, romance is on the table). Also, Matthew McConaughey is in Exodus in some way, and he presented the game at The Game Awards, unveiling its first trailer.
Archetype, a division of Wizards of the Coast, is packed with stellar sci-fi video game talent. It includes studio head James Ohlen (Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age: Origins), executive producer Chad Robertson (Star Wars: The Old Republic), director Chris King (Halo 4), and narrative director Drew Karpyshyn (Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2). The focus on time dilation and personal loss in Exodus underscores the team’s desire to build an emotional, narrative-driven game, with action as an engaging but supplementary feature — and they have the résumés to pull that off.
Exodus is in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.