Jesse Rapczak

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Studio Wildcard, Executive Producer and Co-Founder


  • Sarasota, Florida, United States of America



  • Jesse is Co-Founder and Co-Creative Director at Studio Wildcard, the team behind the smash indie hit ARK: Survival Evolved. Prior to his current venture, Jesse was Technical Art Director on Microsoft Hololens at Xbox and Lead Technical Artist at Sony Online Entertainment after spending 3 years in India as VP of Production at Exigent, an outsourcing company he also co-founded.

    An innovator-entrepreneur with the discerning eye of an artist and the logical wiring of a programmer, Jesse has been Studio Manager, Creative Director, Art Director, Technical Art Director, CTO, Production Manager, VFX Supervisor, Tech Artist, VFX Artist, Animator, and more. Jesse has a cinematic background and can personally implement and direct most aspects of the art pipeline, tools, and DCC plugin development as well as high-level gameplay scripting. Jesse’s teams excel at rapid prototyping, allowing for critical path decision-making under the pressure of tight production schedules. He firmly believes that every problem has an acceptable solution that can be reached through the right balance of trade-offs.

    Games Credited (some as Exigent):

    * ARK 2 (in development)
    * ARK: Genesis Part 2
    * ARK: Genesis Part 1
    * ATLAS
    * ARK: Extinction
    * ARK: Aberration
    * ARK Park VR
    * ARK: Scorched Earth
    * ARK: Survival of the Fittest
    * ARK: Survival Evolved
    * Microsoft Hololens (various unannounced titles)
    * DC Universe: Online
    * Borderlands
    * Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
    * CLUE: Accusations and Alibis
    * Kwari
    * Sid Meier’s Civilization: Revolution
    * Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Other Interactive:

    * AMD HK-2207 Demo
    * AMD Ladybug Demo
    * AMD Mecha Demo
    * AMD March of the Froblins Demo
    * AMD Samurai Demo

    Film Credits:

    * Ask the Dust (previz artist)
    * Exorcist: The Beginning (CG effects artist)
    * Catwoman (visual effects artist)
    * George and the Dragon (visual effects artist)
    * Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (visual effects artist)

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