Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, creator of the popular battle royale title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), announced yesterday that PUBG Corp has formed a new team in Amsterdam that is dedicated to a brand new project.

Greene will still remain a consulting creative director for PUBG, most of his time will be spent heading up this new division, which is named PUBG Special Projects. Meanwhile, the ongoing development of the game will be pass on to Tae-seok Jang, PUBG Corp’s head of development division.

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Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene

For the past 5 years, Greene has been the creative visionary behind PUBG, so this shift is going to be a big deal. Greene’s experience is not something that can be easily replaced. He has been working on the battle royale genre ever since he saw the 2000 movie Battle Royale and there was also a time when he tried to copy the idea of The Hunger Games in Day Z: Battle Royale.

Battle royale has become a very popular genre in the video game industry, and with tough competition such as Fortnite or Apex Legends, it’s clear that PUBG needs to change if it wants to remain at the top. It seems like Greene is doing his research on the next big thing. No doubt he intends to disrupt those games that are in turn trying to disrupt PUBG.

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For his part, Greene shared that he never thought that his game would be as big as it is today. Seeing it become successful was an incredible journey” and “a dream come true”, he said.

He also added that from now on he’ll mostly be in Amsterdam rather than Seoul and concentrate on research and game development. It is unclear whether Greene is working on a new game. He shared that his tasks, as well as that of his team, are to experiment and create new technologies as well as gameplay, but he wants it to be more than that. He wants to “explore new possibilities” to further enhance connection and interaction in the game space.