PUBG lead's new virtual planet sounds like a survival MMO, but he doesn't "want to classify it as a game"

Project Artemis
(Image credit: Playerunknown Productions)

One of the brains behind PUBG has a new project in the works, but it's not so much a game as it is a whole world in itself.

In an interview with PC Gamer, creator Brendan Greene goes into more detail about what the digital planet, currently called Project Artemis, actually is. "I don't want to classify it as a game," Greene tells PC Gamer. "I'm sure there will be gameplay elements. And we do have plans for a light survival exploration-type, life civilization game mode type thing – what else would you do with a massive world?"

So it sounds like a cross between an MMO and some of the best survival games, intended to create "a big emergent space" for players to hunt, gather, and explore together. AI helpers could even serve a purpose in Project Artemis by taking on specific roles to help keep things running smoothly. "You [could] have a wood chopper, or a scientist, or a metal worker that you can show where the forest is," Greene says, "And then they go and run back and forth and get you wood. And maybe the more players you get in your civilization or your village, the town grows, the borders grow, [and] you get more AI." All of this feeds into his goal of "fostering a community" to create a "massive life game mode" of epic proportions.

But with creating a real-life simulation that encompasses a whole new world, Greene acknowledges the potentially dicey risks of this sandbox planet: the players themselves. "If we're building something like this, do I moderate it? Can I moderate it? I don't know yet," he admits. "I think I have to. I think it's a moral obligation to make sure we can stamp out Nazis. But I'm not sure yet. I think I need to employ some people smarter than me to think about this."

With nothing set in stone just yet, check out the official PLAYERUNKOWN website for a closer look at what Greene at the PUBG team might have in store for the project in the coming months.

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Jasmine Gould-Wilson
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Jasmine is a staff writer at GamesRadar+. Raised in Hong Kong and having graduated with an English Literature degree from Queen Mary, University of London in 2017, her passion for entertainment writing has taken her from reviewing underground concerts to blogging about the intersection between horror movies and browser games. Having made the career jump from TV broadcast operations to video games journalism during the pandemic, she cut her teeth as a freelance writer for global publications TheGamer and TechRadar Gaming before accepting a full-time role at GamesRadar+. Whether Jasmine is researching the latest in gaming litigation for a news piece, writing how-to guides for The Sims 4, or extolling the necessity of a Resident Evil: CODE Veronica remake, you'll probably find her listening to metalcore at the same time.