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Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene is moving on from PUBG development

March 14, 2019 1 min read

Brendan Greene, better known by his online pseudonym of "PlayerUnknown," has announced that after years of work and promotion, he's moving on from the development of the game that made him a globally recognised name in the gaming industry.

Initially designed as a mod for post-apocalyptic title DayZ, Greene's "Last Person Standing" gameplay idea was inspired by Kinji Fukusaku's 2000 movie Battle Royale. Using the general concept of an island filled with competitors, taking part in an anything-goes deathmatch until only one competitor remained, Greene's DayZ: Battle Royale mod would eventually go on to become a game in its own right: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds(PUBG).

This would lead to the spawning of an entire genre, one which was then borrowed by brands such as Call of Duty, Battlefield and, most notably, Fortnite, turning the latter into a global pop-culture phenomenon. Even the classic puzzle franchise Tetris somehow found a way to embed the concept within their own game, resulting in the excellent Tetris 99.

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