World of Darkness, which is an entertainment brand with properties such as Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse under its umbrella, has announced that Renegade Game Studios will be its publishing partner for its tabletop role-playing games (TTRPG). World of Darkness has also announced that it will be bringing the IP development of its brands in house. This initiative will begin in December with Vampire: The Masquerade Companion, which is a "free digital supplement" that will bring playable clans to Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition that will also be available in December.
“Renegade and World of Darkness worked closely together on Vampire: The Masquerade - Rivals and the team proved their passion for our brands and alignment with our values in that collaboration," said Sean Greaney, Brand Manager for World of Darkness at Paradox Interactive. “Our joint goal is to ensure that there will be no disruption of service for fans looking to get their hands on Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books.”
“We’re thrilled to work with the World of Darkness team and create exciting content for this rich universe of supernatural horror.” said Scott Gaeta, President and Publisher at Renegade Game Studios. “We look forward to supporting the existing community and welcoming in new players very soon.”
World of Darkness Creative Lead Justin Achilli will be taking charge of the IP development, which will include things such as video games, comics, and other forms of media (including TTRPG books that they will be now taking over) in the World of Darkness franchises. There will also be sensitivity reviews for all World of Darkness books in the future.
For Renegade Game Studios, they will be handling the publishing and marketing of the products, as well as "everything that falls outside of the core story setting, as determined by World of Darkness".
“Bringing IP development in-house is one of the many reasons why the World of Darkness team hired me and I’m thrilled to take on this responsibility. I’ll be working with handpicked teams to set the lore, atmosphere, and tone that players have come to expect, and working with partners like Renegade to create compelling stories within that framework,” Achilli said. “Even though I’m leading this process, we’ll continue to work with teams of writers and freelancers. Our goal is to ensure that book development happens with teams that include a diversity of voices.”
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