running with the pack
NetEase Games has made a “strategic investment” in the up-and-coming Polish studio rogue wolves. The Chinese holding company acquired a minority stake in the new developer, which was founded earlier this year by former members of The Wizard Projekt RED studio CD.
“We are delighted to welcome NetEase Games as our new shareholder and partner,” Rebel Wolves CEO Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said in a press release. “Having one of the world’s leading gaming companies behind our vision is a huge confidence and validation boost for the entire Rebel Wolves team. Funding provided by NetEase was the last missing piece to come full throttle. With the resources available to build a world-class AAA game, we can now focus on what matters most: development.”
This “world-class AAA game” is the first project undertaken by the new studio, and in keeping with the strengths of its team, it is expected to be a dark, open-world RPG with an emphasis on character relationships and far-reaching consequences for players. There’s currently no solid information on the title’s release date or platforms, but given CDPR’s pedigree, we’re likely expecting a pretty long wait.
NetEase Games continues to extend its reach through global game development. While the studio had something of a falling out with Activision Blizzard this month, it also opened its first US studio this year, Jackalope Games in Austin, Texas. NetEase also has majority and minority interests in partnerships with Quantic Dream, Grasshopper Manufacture, and Nagoshi Studio, led by Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi.
Despite NetEase’s investment, Rebel Wolves will continue to operate independently, maintaining full creative control over their projects, as well as full ownership of their IPs and brands.