Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene has revealed that he won't be looking to make a PUBG 2 and is done with the battle royale genre.
Such games are the industry's new craze, with the likes of Fortnite and Apex Legends now running things as the free-to-play kings, while titles such as Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 have also adopted the trend. Even Tetris 99 got in on the fun.
Greene, who's somewhat responsible for making the last man standing gameplay style popular, is taking a step back from the genre and will focus on other things moving forward. The video game designer recently confirmed that he will be running a new PUBG Corp. division - PUBG Special Projects - and, although he will remain on as a consulting director for PUBG, he will be spending his time looking into new initiatives for the studio.
The 43-year-old is leaving the company's headquarters in Seoul and will move to their new Amsterdam office, where he will place his focus on creating a new division tasked with research and game development.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz in a recent interview, Greene declared that he has no plans to be involved with the making of a second PUBG, if there ever is one, and is moving on from the battle royale genre altogether.
"The last man standing concept is great, but I've done that," he remarked. "I don't really intend to make PUBG 2. I've done battle royale, it's time to try something else. I think I've provided others with a good way of killing each other. But I want to explore some other things."
According to the publication, PUBG Corp. CEO Chang Han Kim has asked Green to make the ideas in his head playable, giving him free rein with a new team in a new location to work on new projects.
Green says he doesn't have all of the details yet, but he wants to keep "[exploring] online experiences and how to connect people in ways that we haven't really done before."