Krafton Inc. acquires Subnautica Developer Unknown Worlds
Krafton, Inc., publisher of the battle royale forefather Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, and the upcoming title The Callisto Protocol, acquired Unknown Worlds, developer of Subnautica, Natural Selection, and other titles.
Krafton, Inc. is on a bit-of-a-buying spree, acquiring five studios prior to Unknown Worlds: PUBG Studios, Striking Distance Studios, Bluehole Studio, RisingWings, and Dreamotion.
Krafton, Inc. has released a press release:
Krafton will welcome Unknown Worlds with its vast experience and rich history of creating community-driven gaming experiences. The studio was founded by Max McGuire and Charlie Cleveland in 2001. It created Half-Life’s popular mod Natural Selection. This mod went on to receive a commercial sequel. The studio continued to be community-oriented and released critical and commercial success stories on PC and consoles, Subnautica, and Subnautica, Below Zero in early access before official launch. Krafton’s latest acquisition will allow Krafton to expand its IP and diversify its portfolio of innovative games .”. Unknown Worlds has a proven track record of creating immersive experiences that resonate with gamers all over the globe.
CH Kim, Krafton, Inc. CEO, said these words about the acquisition:
“Unknown Worlds is a team of passionate and skilled developers who have a track record of creating successful, player-driven worlds. Krafton will do everything possible to help them. They not only enhance our development capabilities but also share the goal of creating unique experiences em>
Krafton, Inc. released a press release stating that “Unknown Worlds” will remain an independent studio, wholly owned and operated globally by Krafton. It is unclear what this will mean for future releases of the Subnautica series, Unknown Worlds most successful and popular title. Unknown Worlds is working on a “new genre-defining” game, which will be available in early 2022.