Former CD Projekt RED developers who worked on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077 are creating an online multiplayer game with ninjas.
A team of former Witcher 3 developers have started their own studio called Dark Passenger and are currently working on a new multiplayer game with ninjas. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was originally released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2015, remains a widely popular title among gamers. The success of The Witcher 3 has led to a series of spin-offs and even a Netflix live-action TV series. Just last month, a new expansion for the Witcher 3 card game called Gwent: Rogue Mage was released.
However, while The Witcher 3 has significantly cemented the success and popularity of publisher and developer CD Projekt Red, the studio’s next big new title has the opposite effect. After years of anticipation and excitement, the December 2020 launch of Cyberpunk 2077 was seen as a disaster. Even after multiple delays, the game was released with some significant technical and performance issues, which particularly affected the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. The game’s problems prompted Sony and Microsoft to issue refunds, even removing the game from the PlayStation Store for a while. More than a year after launch, the game is now in a much better position and the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion has been confirmed for 2023 by CD Projekt Red.
For Dark Passenger, they announced plans for an online multiplayer action game built on Unreal Engine 5. It will be played in first person and will feature both PVP and PVE gameplay. The game will be set in feudal Japan and players will take on the role of shinobi and kunoichi warriors. According to the studio’s website, the upcoming game is expected to release on both Steam and the Epic Games Store as well as on PS5 and Xbox Series X. Dark Passenger was co-founded by CD developers Projekt, Jakub Ben and Marci Michalski, who previously worked on The Witcher 3 as well as Cyberpunk 2077 and is made up of “former gamedevs and professionals”.
Feudal Japan has always been a popular setting for video games, as has the transition to modern titles like Assassin’s Creed, which is said to include a Japanese setting for the online service title. The franchise’s upcoming sequel and two of the most popular games of 2020, Ghost of Tsushima and Nioh 2 are also located here. The Japanese-based setting is especially popular in both the action and horror game genres thanks to its agile weapons and intense atmosphere.
Although Dark Passenger’s first project has a lot of interesting aspects to attract gamers, including influence from the notable development team responsible for Witcher 3, it may take a while. before the game is ready for release. While information about the new project and development team is limited at the moment, it’s likely that fans interested in the new game will have more details in the coming months.
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