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Brendan Greene aka PlayerUnknown leaves PUBG development team

Published: 14:21, 13 March 2019
Updated: 13:00, 01 April 2019
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Brendan Greene aka PlayerUnknown

PUBG creator Brendan Greene aka PlayerUnknown announced that he is leaving the PUBG development team to form a new division within PUBG Corp. Greene and his new team will focus on research and development for new types of multiplayer games.

Brendan Greene aka PlayerUnknown, the man behind one of the world's most popular games, and the game that started the whole battle royale fever is leaving the PUBG development team to embark on a new journey inside the PUBG Corp.

Greene will now form and lead a new division of PUBG Corp. named PUBG Special Projects. The new division will focus on research and game development for new types of multiplayer titles.

In his statement, Brendan said that the last five years of his life have been all about battle royale and that PUBG reached heights he couldn't even imagine when he started working on the game.

While he's proud of the work that has been done, Greene is looking forward to a fresh start with his new team.

He will also relocate from the company's headquarters in Seoul to a new PUBG Corp. office in Amsterdam that opened last year.

Greene will remain a "consulting creative director" on PUBG, but the development of the fallen battle royale king will now be led by Taeseok Jang, who currently occupies the role of PUBG's art director.

Speaking about his new role within PUBG Special Projects, Greene said that the team will try to experiment and create new tools and gameplay ideas.

"We are tasked with exploring, experimenting, and creating new technologies, tools, pipelines, and gameplay," Greene said and added that the new division, together with researches and game devs will "explore new possibilities of interaction and connection within the game space."

PlayerUnknown's influence on modern shooters has been nothing but tremendous. PUBG was and still is one of the biggest reasons for such a high influx of battle royale games. 

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It's safe to say that without PUBG and the popularisation of the battle royale genre, we probably would never seen Black Ops 4's Blackout mode or Respawn's Apex Legends.

Despite the criticism and waning popularity in the last few years, PUBG is still one of the most played games on Steam and it's regularly featured on Twitch's top 10 lists.

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