New Studio From The Director Of The Witcher III, Rebel Wolves, Developing Next-Gen RPG

They Aim To Show Their Inner Rebels

The Witcher

Composed of a variety of veteran developers, including many members of the teams behind The Witcher III and Cyberpunk 2077, a new startup studio called Rebel Wolves have a next-generation RPG on the way for both consoles and PC.

Often, we like a little more detail on a game before we bring news about it to you, but the pedigree on this one is worth letting fans know about. Studio CEO Konrad Tomaszkiewicz was the Director on The Witcher III and Head of Production on Cyberpunk 2077. He’s not the only exciting member of this team, though. Rebel Wolves is comprised of many veterans who have worked on those games and more, such as Thronebreaker and Shadow Warrior 2. In addition, Jakub Szamalek, the Lead Writer on Cyberpunk 2077, is on board, as is new Animation Director Tamara Zawada, who worked on the last two Witcher titles before spending some time at Capcom.

The Witcher

While the new studio is based in Warsaw, they have remote workers worldwide, something that will likely become more common in a post COVID world. The team cited a desire to work in a team-first, developer-focused studio as their main reason for coming together. Tomaszkiewicz had this to say about their upcoming project.

“For all of us here at Rebel Wolves, video games were always something we felt destined to do—something ingrained in our DNA. Personally, I couldn’t be happier to have banded together with friends who share this passion. We’re developing a video game we’d like to play in a way that games should be made. We want to evolve the cRPG genre by creating unforgettable stories and stirring deep emotions, all while working as a tightly knit team united by a shared goal and ambition. Collectively, we envision Rebel Wolves as a place where experienced game developers can reignite their passion, where they can focus on their craft and pour their love into an amazing, ambitious title. We want to stay small and agile—a place where people know and care for each other.”

The Witcher

That’s a big goal. We’re still waiting on more details about their supposedly ambitious next title, but we do have a few tidbits we can share. It’s a AAA, story-driven RPG headed to next-generation consoles and PC. This dark fantasy is being developed in the Unreal 5 engine, and the studio will be staffing up soon to really bring it to life. The first teaser image for the game is above.

While this is all exciting, it is worth noting the reason Tomaszkiewicz is no longer at CD Projekt Red. According to a report from Bloomberg, he resigned last year after reports of bullying colleagues within the studio. While claiming that he was found innocent by an internal investigation at the time, Tomaszkiewicz still ended up resigning, citing a need to change his behavior going forward. Let’s hope for the sake of his colleagues at Rebel Wolves that he’s had the time needed to do so.

 

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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