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Unknown Worlds will become Krafton's sixth independent studio.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

October 29, 2021

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PUBG maker Krafton has acquired Subnautica developer Unknown Worlds for an undisclosed fee.

Unknown Worlds will become Krafton's sixth independent studio, and has been purchased by the South Korean company in a bid to expand and diversify its video game portfolio.

"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 chief exec, CH Kim, in a press release

"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."

Charlie Cleveland, CEO of Unknown Worlds, said the deal will allow the studio to "bring new games to the world stage," and indicated the two companies are "aligned in the way we think about games and game development."

Unknown Worlds' current leadership structure will remain in place following the deal, with Krafton keen to preserve the California-based studio's sense of identity.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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