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Who made Wuthering Waves, explained

Who's behind Wuthering Waves?

Wuthering Waves clearly takes inspiration from the phenomenally popular Genshin Impact, but what Studio is behind it? Let me answer the question: Who made Wuthering Waves? and explain their previous portfolio.

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Which company made Wuthering Waves? 

If you only glanced at Wuthering Waves gameplay, you’d be forgiven for assuming HoyoVerse was at the helm. In fact, a studio called Kuro Games is behind the title. Kuro Games is a Chinese developer, and while they’ve created a couple of games, they’ve never made anything quite like Wuthering Waves.

Kuro Games’s previous titles are:

  • Twin Tail Battleground (2016)
  • Punishing: Grey Raven (2019)

Based on the gameplay I’ve seen, Twin Tail Battleground is exclusive to mobile platforms and looks like a 2D wave-based adventure game. All the gameplay I’ve seen is in Chinese, so I can’t really provide a more in-depth explanation than that. That said, the game does resemble AFK Arena in its art style.

Punishing: Grey Raven is available on Windows, IoS, and Android and is a stylish 3D action game with Gacha mechanics. The graphics and gameplay look impressively smooth, even though I’ve not played it myself. Combat, in particular, looks exceptionally slick with over-the-top animations, almost like a hack-and-slash. 

Storytelling in Punishing: Grey Raven is told in an appealing Visual Novel style, which is usually a solid choice for any game on mobile platforms.

Do we know anything else about Kuro Games?

Beyond their portfolio, we don’t know much more about Kuro Games. The company has been around since 2014 and is based in Guangdong, China. Kuro Games is also partly owned by Tencent, which has a roughly 15% stake in the company. 

I know the mere mention of Tencent causes numerous eyes to roll, but their involvement doesn’t necessarily make a game terrible or predatory. Digital Extremes, for example, is owned by Tencent, and that studio is responsible for the phenomenally successful Warframe.

If you’re interested in diving into Wuthering Waves, a great place to start is with the free characters. There’s a lot to take in, but if you’re a Genshin Impact player, a lot of the mechanics will feel comfortably familiar.

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Anthony Yates
Anthony is a freelance writer for PC Invasion and has worked in the industry for four years. He's furiously competitive and is always looking for the next big multiplayer hit. Anthony thrives in high-stakes games like Escape From Tarkov and Sea of Thieves. He is also passionate about speedrunning and always looks forward to the next GDQ and ESA events. When he's not grinding leaderboards, Anthony enjoys visiting Arcades, retro gaming, and horror movies.