A staff of CD Projekt veterans together with Witcher 3 co-director Mateusz Kanik, producer Jędrzej Mróz, and Cyberpunk 2077 senior producer Marcin Jefimow, have launched a brand new studio known as Clean that’s at present engaged on “a character-driven game set in an apocalypse, with a twist or two.”

(The studio title is technically Clean., with a interval, however we can’t be utilizing that.)

Kanik is serving as game director on Clean’s first venture, whereas Mróz and Jefimow are onboard as govt producers. They’re going to be joined on the new studio by Mikołaj Marchewka, previously of Rookiez of Warsaw, within the managing director position, Witcher 3 game designer Michał Dobrowolski as design director, Witcher lead story designer Artur Ganszyniec as narrative director, and Gwent VFX artist Grzegorz Przybyś as artwork director.

The announcement of the brand new studio included what may very well be taken as a swipe at CD Projekt, which has grown to develop into one of many greatest game studios in Europe, and the character of the game improvement business as an entire. 

“After working for years in an more and more conservative business, we’re able to make daring, impactful tasks that share our distinctive creativity and values,” Kanik stated. “Where the business champions a dictatorship of the inventive particular person, we wish to give possession to the staff. Where the business leans on crunch tradition, we choose work-life steadiness. Where the business says larger is healthier, we’re setting our sights on extremely polished video games with a concentrate on emotion, story, and craftsmanship.”

None of that truly means an entire lot, though a dedication to keep away from crunch—so far as it goes—is at all times welcome. Mróz, the chief producer, was somewhat extra on level, saying that “over our a few years of creating video games, we have seen the significance of marrying inspiring concepts with well-defined scope, that is supported by a robust staff and sensible funds.”

The announcement of Clean included one piece of ‘idea artwork’ from the studio’s first venture. Make of it what you’ll.

(Picture credit score: Clean)

Regardless that there’s not really an entire lot to be seen right here—such is the best way with new studio bulletins—the founders’s histories makes the studio price maintaining a tally of: Kanik, Mróz, and Ganszyniec have been all with CD Projekt going all the best way again to the unique Witcher, whereas Dobrowolski has been round since The Witcher 2, and Jefimow and Przybyś have in depth resumes of their very own at studios together with 11 Bit, Bandai Namco, and Techland. Clean at present stands at 10 staff however the studio founders hope to develop Clean to “nearly 60” to help its first venture.