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Former CDPR devs have found a new studio and are working on an online ninja game

Former CD Projekt Red developer Jakub Ben formed a new studio called Dark Passenger. The studio team has worked on cinematics for games such as Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077.

Ben is co-founder of Dark Passenger, with Pawel Kuleta as COO and Madeleine Furman as a 3D character animator. Currently, the the studio is looking to hire for many roles, including gameplay programmer, tech artist, environmental artist, and sound designer.

The studio’s first game is a multiplayer online game set in feudal Japan, built using Unreal Engine 5 that features co-op, PVP, and PVE. It tells the story of an invader who overthrew the ruling shogun and established a new throne.

“Our goal is to create highly exciting online games that emphasize both cooperation and competition. We are fascinated by human interactions, alliances, daring confrontations and unexpected twists,” says Dark Passenger on his website.

“To make each game unique and surprising, we use many procedural solutions. Although all players have the same objective, each time you will have to change tactics and follow different paths.

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According to the studio’s website, players assume the role of shinobi and kunoichi where they will battle the ruler’s minions and other assassins as they search for powerful mysterious artifacts. Players have multiple ways to traverse the land, such as running across city rooftops, climbing pagodas, and sneaking through shrines and temples. There will also be different social classes for the characters, ranging from simple villagers to high nobles and samurai.

There is a character customization system where players can create their own unique characters and modify their gear. Various weapons including katanas, tantos, and shurikens will be available. Players can also build their own dojo and invite their friends to train together.

Dark Passenger follows several other new studios formed by former CDPR developers, including Rebel Wolves, formed by the former Cyberpunk 2077 co-director, and Covenant, which announced a dark strategy game called Gord.

No release window for this game has been revealed for Dark Passenger’s new game, but the official website says it will be coming to PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store, as well as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey