Brendan Greene, who is better known as PlayerUnknown himself, is moving on from PUBG to take up a role in a new division of PUBG Corp known as PUBG Special Projects.
The move will see Greene up sticks and move from Seoul to Amsterdam, with development of PUBG itself now being handled by Taeseok Jang and the rest of the PUBG team. Greene will remain as a “consulting creative director” on PUBG, but he has effectively handed the reins over to somebody else and left his baby behind.
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So, what next for Greene? Well, his move to Amsterdam as part of PUBG Special Projects will see him and his new team focusing on “research and game development”, which could mean that they’ll be working on the future development of PUBG itself or working on the future developments of new games. I’m presuming that the latter is the most likely, and that’s possibly backed up by the fact that the company is advertising 13 new job openings for its Amsterdam office.
In his statement announcing the news, Greene said:
“The past five years of my life has been all about battle royale. From the early days working on a mod to getting the chance to create my vision for a battle royale title, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
It’s been an incredible journey and our game has reached heights I never thought possible. Seeing the game grow into what it is today has been a dream come true and I can’t thank our fans and the incredible team at PUBG Corporation enough.”
PlayerUnknown has had quite the impact on the gaming industry in the last few years. PUBG, which originated as a mod for the mod-turned-standalone game DayZ, was the original battle royale game that started the continuous wave of battle royale games that have been released ever since. While Fortnite took the genre to a whole other level, it’s undeniable that without PUBG there may never have been Fortnite, or Blackout, or Apex Legends, or Battlefield’s upcoming Firestorm mode. Depending on how you feel about the genre, PlayerUnknown is either an absolute god of gaming or he has a lot to answer for.