Cyberpunk 2077 game director and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt co-director Mateusz Kanik has announced the establishment of Blank., a new video game development studio headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. He is joined by Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt executive producers Jedrzej Mroz and Marcin Jefimow. The studio is currently working on a character-driven game set in an apocalypse “with a twist or two.”
The studio’s founding staff include:
- Mateusz Kanik (formerly of CD Projekt Red) – Co-Founder and Game Director
- Jedrzej Mroz (formerly of CD Projekt Red) – Co-Founder and Executive Producer
- Marcin Jefimow (formerly of CD Projekt Red, 11 Bit Studios) – Co-Founder and Executive Producer
- Mikolaj Marchewka (formerly of Rookiez from Warsaw S.A) – Managing Director
- Michal Dobrowolski (formerly of CD Projekt Red) – Design Director
- Artur Ganszyniec (formerly of CD Projekt Red, 11 Bit Studios) – Narrative Director
- Grzegorz Przybys (formerly of Division 48 Studio, Artificer) – Art Director
The new team is committed to “bringing beautifully crafted games and unique experiences to players, favoring novel territory rather than well-trodden ground.” The studio currently has 10 members, but is looking to expand to 60 staff to support development on its upcoming project. Job openings are available here.
—Concept Artwork from Blank.’s First Title
Find comments from the staff below.
Mateusz Kanik, Co-Founder and Game Director, Blank.
“We’re thrilled to announce Blank. and to start expanding our incredible team. After working for years in an increasingly conservative industry, we’re ready to make bold, impactful projects that share our unique creativity and values. Where the industry champions a dictatorship of the creative individual, we want to give ownership to the team. Where the industry leans on crunch culture, we prefer work-life balance. Where the industry says bigger is better, we’re setting our sights on highly polished games with a focus on emotion, story, and craftsmanship.”
Marcin Jefimow, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Blank.
“Our game development philosophy comes from our own stories and experiences. With Blank. we want to build a space where we can honor our histories, but also be playful and open to brand new inspirations as we collaborate creatively. We’ve already got a head start on a budding new project that we can’t wait to share with players and craft with new team members.””
Jedrezj Mroz, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Blank.
“Over our many years of making games, we’ve seen the importance of marrying inspiring ideas with well-defined scope, that’s supported by a strong team and realistic budget. We’re committed to quality craftsmanship and running the studio in a sustainable way; we plan to increase our projects’ scope as we expand the team and its capabilities.”