Krafton, the owner of the highly popular battle royale title, PUBG: Battlegrounds, has announced that it agreed to acquire Unknown Worlds, the creators of Subnautica. The financial terms of the deal are unknown.
“Unknown Worlds are incredibly skilled and passionate developers with an unparalleled gift for creativity and a proven track record of building successful player-driven worlds.” said Krafton CEO CH Kim. “Krafton will spare no effort in helping them. Not only do they enhance our development capabilities, but we share a goal of creating unique experiences for global audiences.”
The decision to acquire Unknown Worlds is part of Krafton’s strategy to secure and invest in top-tier talent, leading to innovation and new experiences.
Unknown Worlds CEO Charlie Cleveland commented: “It was immediately apparent how closely Unknown Worlds and Krafton are aligned in the way we think about games and game development. 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.”
As per the deal, Unknown Worlds will continue to operate independently from its parent company. Unknown Worlds’ management structure and leadership will also remain in place.
If the deal goes through, Unknown Worlds will become Krafton’s sixth independent studio, joining PUBG Studios, Bluehole, Striking Distance, Dreamotion, and RisingWings.
Earlier this year, Krafton acquired Thingsflow, the creator of the HelloBot chat service.
Unknown Worlds is now working on a new game that will enter early access in 2022. Additionally, Unknown Worlds will continue to make ongoing updates for the Subnautica franchise.
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