The creator of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Brendan Greene (better known as PlayerUnknown), is leaving his game behind and forming his own studio, . This news comes just before PUBG‘s 13.2 update, which is slated to add even more content to the already sprawling and popular battle royale game. Greene released PUBG back in 2016 in association with South Korean publisher and developer Krafton, preceding other hit battle royale titles like Fortnite and Apex Legends.
Brendan Greene has announced that he is leaving Krafton to pursue other projects as an independent developer. In a statement, Greene shared that his decision to leave Krafton was part of his “journey to create the kind of experience I’ve envisaged for years.” Evidently an amicable split, Greene thanks Krafton for its support over the years and states that he will reveal more about an upcoming project “at a later date.”
PUBG, as well as its spinoffs like the very popular PUBG Mobile and New State, is a huge success, but it’s possible that Greene’s next game could be an entirely different breed. When Greene left Krafton’s primary Seoul-based team to head up PUBG Special Projects in Amsterdam in 2019, he revealed a teaser trailer for a game called Prologue, which looks to be much more atmospheric and thoughtful than PUBG at a glance. Greene and his team could also go in a completely different direction, so everyone will have to wait and see what’s next for this developer.
In his statement, Greene concluded:
“I’m so very grateful to everyone at PUBG and KRAFTON for taking a chance on me and for the opportunities they afforded me over the past four years. Today, I’m excited to take the next step on my journey to create the kind of experience I’ve envisaged for years. Again, I’m thankful for everyone at KRAFTON for supporting my plans, and I’ll have more to reveal more about our project at a later date.”
PUBG: Battlegrounds is available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.