Veteran developers from The Witcher 3’s team have announced their new studio, Dark Passenger, and their first game – which sounds like Destiny but with ninjas.
While a title isn’t set, it’s in development for Windows PC (Steam and the Epic Games Store), Xbox Series X|S, and PS5. Details are scant but the game is described as a first-person, online multiplayer stealth/action game set in feudal Japan, and its being made in Unreal Engine 5.
“Our goal is to create highly exciting on-line experiences that are focused both on cooperation and rivalry. We’re fascinated by interpersonal interactions, alliances, daring confrontations and unexpected twists of events,” the game’s website reads. “In order to make every game unique and surprising, we’re using advanced, procedural solutions.”
The game will have a locomotion system that allows players to “perform incredible evolutions such as running on arrows that were fired by other players, fast climbing on vertical surfaces with the use of shuko claws or using yari spear like a pole to jump over obstacles.”
The studio’s cofounders are former Witcher 3 staff Jakub Ben and Marcin Michalski, both of which having worked on the base game and its expansions. While Ben was the art team coordinator and cinematic artist, Michalski was an environmental artist and later was a senior artist on Gwent and its Thronebreaker release.
Former CD Projekt RED developers splitting off to form a new team and/or game is becoming something common lately. Key staff on both The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 recently launched a new studio, Rebel Wolves, alongside their bold new RPG game.
Advanced system of customization will allow players to create unique characters and modify their weapons and equipment to their liking. They’ll also be able to create their own Dojo – a personal space where they can invite friends for training combat and movement.”