Brendan Green, known on the web under the nickname PlayerUnknown, announced that he is leaving the team PUBG (developer and publisher Krafton) to found a new independent studio called PlayerUnknown Productions (much like Kojima Productions). Green, who created PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as an Arma mod, is considered the pioneer of the battle royale genre. After that, he, together with the Korean company Krafton, turned PUBG into a full-fledged, standalone game.
In 2019, Greene moved to Amsterdam to start PlayerUnknown Productions under the PUBG Corporation (owned by Krafton) and move on to developing new games. But now PlayerUnknown Productions is officially spinning off from Krafton and becoming an independent studio. On the other hand, Krafton retains a minority stake in the studio. Green’s first project is called Prologue. It was announced almost 2 years ago, at the Game Awards. 2019.
I am very grateful to all those involved in PUBG and Krafton for giving me a chance, for all the opportunities that I have received over the past four years. Today, I’m excited to take the next step on my path to creating the experience I’ve dreamed of for years. Again, I am grateful to everyone at KRAFTON for supporting my ideas, and when I have more information, I will definitely share new project details.
Green’s press release added that PlayerUnknown Productions is “exploring the systems needed to enable massive scale-up in open world games.”