Something Wicked Games hires ex-Bethesda design director Will Shen

Following launch of record-breaking Starfield, Shen brings his quest designing skills to a new team.

Something Wicked Games, founded by former Bethesda Project Lead Jeff Gardiner, announced the addition of another former senior Bethesda developer, Will Shen, to its team. Shen comes aboard Something Wicked Games following the launch of Starfield, which he worked on as a lead quest designer.

Shen will bring a wealth of AAA RPG experience, knowledge, and guidance. Shen’s onboarding as a lead content designer is a valuable addition to the already stellar all-star team developing Something Wicked Games’ debut title, Wyrdsong.

Shen accrued numerous credits on Bethesda games, including as a quest designer and writer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 4, and Fallout: 76, as well as a credit as the lead designer for the critically acclaimed Fallout 4 DLC Far Harbor.

Shen’s onboarding at Something Wicked Games follows the studio’s other recent additions of high-profile talent Robert Land, Jessica Sliwinski, and Akil Hooper. In these additions, Something Wicked Games has further bolstered its staff of talented, accomplished creatives, which includes team members with credited roles at Obsidian, Respawn, BioWare, and other award-winning AAA studios.

Last year, the company secured funding from the Chinese tech giant NetEase, with $13.2 million.

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