Konrad Tomaszkiewicz (game director for The Witcher 3 & Cyberpunk 2077 co-director) has opened a new AAA studio, Rebel Wolves, in Poland.
Studio has already secured its first project, an AAA dark fantasy game made using Unreal Engine 5. Below is the teaser artwork for the game.
The Rebel Wolves team is assembled from veterans of the Polish AAA development scene including developers who’ve worked on Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher series, Thronebreaker, and Shadow Warrior 2.
These include director Tomaszkiewicz and Daniel Sadowski (Witcher 1, Cyberpunk 2077), Narrative director Jakub Zamalek (Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 20077), animation director Tamara Zawada, Bartlomiej Galwel (Witcher 3), CFO Michal Boryka and Robert Murzynowski, studio head.
“In order to create truly great games, we won’t chase trends or numbers,” says Szamalek. “Our goal is clearly defined: to create memorable games, tell moving stories, and evoke visceral emotions. It’s ambitious, true – and I’m glad it is. Art needs ambition. I don’t want to create another game, I want to work on titles people will remember.”
Tomaszkiewicz, founder, said that the name of the studio was inspired from the power that comes with a pack of wolves rather than a lone Wolf. “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,” Tomaszkiewicz says in reference to the studio goal of breaking away from traditional AAA development.
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“We want to evolve the cRPG genre by creating unforgettable stories… all while working as a tightly knit team united by a shared goal and ambition… We want to stay small and agile — a place where people know and care for each other.”
The move away from traditional AAA development could be a response to reports of crunch employed in some of Poland’s biggest development studios like CD Projekt Red and Techland. Rebel Wolves is determined to break this trend, and the team plans to hire and expand its new game studio.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. Kim can be reached at @lawoftd.