PUBG creator opens new studio to work on open-world games

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds director Brendan Greene has announced his departure to form a new studio.

Announced earlier today on September 1 via a press release, Brendan "Playerunknown" Greene has officially left Krafton Inc. to form Playerunknown Productions. This new studio, under the leadership of the PUBG veteran, will open up in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, with Krafton Inc. holding a minor stake in the brand new developer.

"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," Greene said in a statement through the press release. "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."

For what it's worth, the press release refers to Playerunknown Productions as "exploring the systems needed to enable massive scale within open-world games." It seems as though Greene already has a pretty good idea of what he wants to work at the brand new studio in Amsterdam.

Greene might be associated with PUBG, but he took a step back from development in 2019, and neither Krafton nor Greene ever elaborated on what Greene was working on at the studio outside of PUBG. 

Elsewhere, we've still got The Castillo Protocol to look forward to from the PUBG developer, and you can read all about that in our Castillo Protocol interview from earlier this year.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.