A group of former CD Projekt Red developers are working on a new online action that will take players to feudal Japan. This week, Dark Passenger co-founders Jakub Ben and Marcin Michalski announced the creation of their studio and launched a call for talent in a series of tweets spotted by . Ben and Michalski were part of the art team that worked on The Witcher 3 and then performed contract work on Cyberpunk 2077.
Dark Passenger’s first game doesn’t have a name yet, but the studio’s site gives some details about the project. Ben and Michalski say they want to create an online multiplayer game that supports both competitive and cooperative play. They describe a title that seems to borrow elements from games like Titanfall and Absolver. “Our locomotion system will allow players to perform incredible [feats] such as running on arrows fired by other players, quickly climbing vertical surfaces using shuko claws, or using [a] yari throws like a pole to jump over obstacles,” the studio said. “Engaging [in] close combat will require as much dexterity as it does tactics and close cooperation with teammates.
The news of the foundation comes after former CDPR executive Konrad Tomaszkiewicz announced earlier this year that he was. He said his team would release its first project, a dark fantasy role-playing game built in Unreal Engine 5, sometime in 2025. After making the critically acclaimed film and contributing to Cyberpunk 2077, Tomaszkiewicz left CDPR in May 2021. Before he left, he released this work on cyberpunk involved one for many of its developers.
As Gamer on PC points out, the Dark Passenger careers page alludes to some of CDPR’s criticisms. “We create a prejudice-free environment based on tolerance, support and understanding. We treat individual needs as seriously as group expectations,” the page says. “We provide all amenities, private medical care and paid overtime. With a focus on work-life balance, we offer flexible working hours and vacations. As for when you can expect to play the studio’s first game, Dark Passenger didn’t share a release date.