Modder tapped to make a standalone game based on 'Battle Royale' mods

Modder Brendan Greene is moving to South Korea to work with Tera dev Bluehole on a new standalone PC game, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, based on his popular "Battle Royale" Arma mods.

Irish game modder Brendan "Playerunknown" Greene is moving to South Korea to work with Tera MMORPG developer Bluehole on a new standalone PC game, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, based on his popular "Battle Royale" mods for Bohemia Interactive's Arma games.

While game modding has long offered a potential path to a career in game development, it's notably rare to see a modder tapped to serve as creative director on a standalone game. That's exactly what Greene will be doing at Bluehole, which claims it already has a development team in place for the project.

“I’ve always wanted to create a standalone game based on the mod I created for the Arma series, and working with Bluehole gives me the resources and creative freedom to build the experience I’ve always envisioned,” Greene stated in a press release about the project. “We have a great development team in place, and our goal is to create a realistic open world experience with the deep gameplay and strong combat mechanics.”

Greene came to fame via his original Battle Royale mod for the Arma 2 DayZ mod -- which also went on to become a standalone game -- that introduced a "last man standing" competitive mode inspired by the Japanese novel/film Battle Royale.

The mod proved quite popular for both Arma 2 and Arma 3, driving Daybreak to later work with Greene to develop a similar mode for its multiplayer survival game H1Z1. That mode was later split into a separate game -- H1Z1: King of the Kill.  


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