In February, a group of former CD Projekt employees left and formed Rebel Wolves, a studio out of Warsaw, Poland.
Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, the former director of The Witcher 3 established the studio with Bartłomiej Gaweł, a former art director, Jakub Szamałek, narrative and main writer, Daniel Sadowski, design director, Tamara Zawada, animation director, Michał Boryka, CFO, and Robert Murzynowski, studio head.
Now, Rebel Wolves has gained financial backing from NetEase while retaining its independence and creative control. The studio is working on a AAA IP, dark fantasy RPG – the first title of a planned saga.
“We’re delighted to welcome NetEase Games as our new shareholder and partner,” said Rebel Wolves co-founder, CEO, and game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz. “Having one of the leading global game companies get behind our vision is a great confidence boost and validation for the entire team at Rebel Wolves. Funding provided by NetEase was the last missing piece needed to go full throttle. With resources available to build a world-class AAA game, we can now focus on what matters most: development.”
NetEase Games president of global partnerships and investments Simon Zhu said of the partnership, “It’s exceedingly rare to have the opportunity to work with an all-star team from the beginning of their journey. Everyone at NetEase Games has been an admirer of the Rebel Wolves team and their previous work. We quickly discovered our common passion for making great games and their long-term vision for creating a sustainable and creative studio aligns with our strategy of incubating talented creators who are passionate about gaming.
“We look forward to having a fruitful collaboration with Rebel Wolves and can’t wait to see how the team will leverage their extensive experience to create even more immersive games enjoyed by fans all over the world.”
Last year, Tomaszkiewicz left the studio after allegations of bully from CD Projekt employees.