Krafton Acquires Subnautica Maker Unknown Worlds

Krafton Inc., the company behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, acquired Subnautica developer Unknown Worlds for an undisclosed amount. Krafton made the announcement in a statement and said Unknown Worlds will continue operating independently, with an unnamed "genre-defining" title planned for release in 2022.

“It was immediately apparent how closely Unknown Worlds and KRAFTON are aligned in the way we think about games and game development,” Charlie Cleveland, Unknown Worlds CEO, said in the statement. “Subnautica and PUBG both started humbly and evolved successfully through constant iteration and feedback. We want to bring new games to the world stage – and with KRAFTON, we’re a big step closer. We’re truly looking forward to our future together.”

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Krafton Acquires Subnautica Maker Unknown Worlds

Unknown Worlds will retain its current leadership and continues to employ people from around the world.

The move comes as Krafton continues expanding beyond PUBG and even outside video games. Earlier in 2021, the company announced its intention to branch into telecommunication and healthcare with additional acquisitions.

Meanwhile, PUBG creator Brendan Greene has officially separated from Krafton called PlayerUnknown Productions - though Krafton remains a backer - and is working on Prologue, Greene's first attempt at "rich, interactive open worlds."

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