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NetEase Games Opens New Studio BulletFarm, Developing New First-Person Co-op Game, Lead By Former Call of Duty Designer

by Rainier on Feb. 28, 2024 @ 8:55 a.m. PST

NetEase Games revealed BulletFarm, a new remote-first AAA LA-based game studio led by David Vonderhaar, an industry veteran known for being lead on Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops series.

The studio is the latest addition to NetEase Games’ portfolio and is led by David Vonderhaar, an award-winning, experienced industry veteran best known for his leadership on the global hit franchise Call of Duty, notably the critically-acclaimed Call of Duty: Black Ops series.

BulletFarm is currently developing a new and ambitious AAA game, built in Unreal Engine 5 and set in an original universe with an emphasis on co-operative gameplay. The game will craft a more intimate and relatable experience while offering a fresh take on first-person gameplay. BulletFarm has a remote-first approach with the main studio headquartered in Los Angeles. Joining Vonderhaar as the studio’s creative director is veteran game designer Chris Cowell. BulletFarm currently has several key roles open and is actively seeking top talent to join the founding team.

“Starting this new studio has given me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and try my hand at making something entirely new and different. This is a departure from the games I’ve worked on, but one that showcases my passion for rich characters, precise mechanics, more intimate storytelling, and plenty of action,” said David Vonderhaar, Studio Head at BulletFarm. “NetEase has provided us an incredible support structure to explore these new avenues and allow true freedom to begin building the concept and ideas for our game.”

“NetEase Games is fully dedicated to giving BulletFarm the resources and support required to build this new first person experience,” said Simon Zhu, president of global investments and partnerships at NetEase Games. “David’s leadership and the early collection of game development talent assembled at the studio is set to offer something truly unique for his existing fans along with a new audience.” 

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