PUBG supremo Brendan Greene is moving on to pastures (ever-so-slightly) new.
Brendan Greene, AKA ‘PlayerUnknown’, has been the face of PUBG from day one. The game’s full, Sunday name – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – is even named after him. Well, after his online handle, at least.
From his days creating the very first battle royale mods for ARMA 3, Greene has been instrumental in the creation and development of the genre. While others – Fortnite, Proxima Royale, Ring of Elysium, Apex Legends, and all the others – have imitated and iterated on the original idea, it’s Brendan Greene’s PUBG that stands at the centre of the concept.
But now, Greene is done with PUBG and is moving on to a new job. Sort of.
In a statement on Twitter, Brendan Greene announced he is leaving his development role on PUBG. He’s staying at PUBG Corp., a subsidiary of original developer Bluehole, but will be heading up a new department.
And now for something completely different… pic.twitter.com/f9qpkHMHu8
— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) March 13, 2019
Specifically, that’s the PUBG Special Projects division, based out of Bluehole’s offices in Amsterdam. Exactly what those “special” projects will be is unclear at this stage, but Greene had the following to say on the opportunity.
“We are tasked with exploring, experimenting, and creating new technologies, tools, pipelines, and gameplay; but for me, it is more than that. Together with a team of game developers and researchers, we will explore new possibilities of interaction and connection within the game space.”
Not only is this an opportunity for Greene to turn his vision to new ideas with the backing of a team, but it’s an opportunity for him to settle down. Based out of Seoul, South Korea for the past five years, and travelling all over the world to promote PUBG, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind.
So best of luck in the new role, Brendan. We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Image: Brendan Greene on Instagram