The creator of PUBG Battlegrounds Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene has departed Krafton to form a new independent studio.
As first reported by GamesBeat, Greene will be leaving the company now responsible for PUBG Battlegrounds and has formed PlayerUnknown Productions. Krafton will hold a minority stake in the new company, but they will be mostly independent and based in Amsterdam.
Greene said in a statement: “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.”
Greene had been a part of Krafton since 2016, but had stepped away from the game that bears his name back in 2019. He had been leading a ‘PUBG Special Projects’ division for Krafton’s PUBG Group, the company formed around his popular battle royale shooter. There, he was working on a game called Prologue.
While not mentioned by name in the release, it seems Prologue is still a going concern as it’s listed on the new studio’s website. The last we saw of it was back in 2019 with a brief trailer and when Greene said of the project: “One of my dreams is to create worlds at scale. Hundreds of kilometers by hundreds kilometers, with thousands of people, and these are hugely difficult problems to solve.”