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Krafton announced the purchase of Unknown Worlds

Krafton, the South Korean company best known for being the parent of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), has announced the purchase of Unknown Worlds, the US development team responsible for Natural Selection and Subnautica. This is the umpteenth acquisition that we have echoed in recent months, which shows that the consolidation of the video game industry is not yet over and that in a short time independent studios could be in danger of extinction.

For Krafton, this acquisition responds to the company’s desire to expand and invest in talented teams that seek to evolve, innovate and create new experiences. In this way, Unknown Worlds becomes the sixth internal studio of the Korean company, which already has PUBG Studios, Striking Distance Studios (which has a satellite studio in Zaragoza), Bluehole Studio, RisingWings and Dreamotion. All of these teams operate independently but under the Krafton umbrella, which offers shelter and resources.

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Unknown Worlds is no longer independent, but maintains its two founders: Charlie Cleveland and Max McGuire, who opened the studio in 2001 in San Francisco to create the mod Natural Selection from Half-Life. The success of mod it was enough to develop an independent and commercial sequel. But Unknown Worlds is best known for Subnautica, an open-world, underwater exploration, and adventure game that has sold more than 5 million units. The sequel Subnautica: Below Zero is out now.

According to Krafton in its statement, Unknown Worlds will continue to work on updating Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero, while developing a new game that will arrive in 2022 under the protection of early access. Details about the title will be known later. In this case, using early access serves to receive the feedback of gamers, something that both Subnautica and PUBG have done in the past.

Regarding Krafton, among his projects, we have PUBG, which has been used for several years, and The Callisto Protocol, a horror and survival game set in the universe of the battle royale Directed by Glen Schofield, head of Dead Space.

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