Dragon Age and Knights of the Old Republic scribe Jennifer Hepler has signed on as lead writer for Kickstarter hopeful Ambrov X.
But Hepler's involvement is not guaranteed - her inclusion will only be unlocked if the project reaches its $750,000 stretch goal.
Indie developer Loreful launched its campaign for Ambrov X two days ago and has since raised $26,041 of its initial $500,000 (£320k) target.
The game will be a relationship-focused sci-fi role-player set in the universe of author Jacqueline Lichtenberg's Sime-Gen novel series, an epic sci-fi saga that began in 1969. 12 novels and a number of short stories have been published since, the latest in 2011.
"Re-emerging on Twitter to promote my new project, Ambrov X, on Kickstarter," Hepler wrote last night. "If you like story-driven SF with romance and twisted, co-dependent relationships (and who doesn't?), this is for you."
Hepler left BioWare last month after years of service at the company to write a book and pursue freelance work.
But her departure also followed a campaign of abuse from BioWare fans for her work on Dragon Age 2 - and for comments made years earlier about wishing to skip combat sections in games.
Early alpha gameplay footage of Ambrov X is available to view in the Kickstarter campaign video below.