Krafton, Inc. has announced that it will acquire Unknown Worlds Entertainment, the developer of Subnautica.
This message comes through a Press release on Krafton’s website, which reveals that it has decided today to acquire Unknown Worlds. Krafton says this acquisition continues the company’s strategy of growing and securing high-profile talent under its studios umbrella.
“This latest decision continues Krafton’s expansion strategy of securing and investing in high-level talent who want to develop, innovate and create new experiences,” the press release said. “Unknown Worlds becomes Krafton’s sixth independent studio and joins a stable of other seasoned developers including PUBG Studios, Striking Distance Studios, Bluehole Studio, RisingWings and Dreamotion.”
As mentioned above, Krafton is the company behind the Striking Distance Studios that are growing The Callisto Protocol, the sci-fi horror game developed by Dead Space co-creator Glen Schofield and set in the PUBG universe. Now Krafton has a different horror (See, trying to survive underwater in Subnautica is scary) Developer under his roof in Unknown Worlds.
“It was immediately clear how closely Unknown Worlds and Krafton are aligned in our way of thinking about games and game development,” said Charlie Cleveland, CEO of Unknown Worlds, in the press release. “Subnautica and PUBG both started modestly and developed successfully through constant iteration and feedback. We want to bring new games to the world stage – and with Krafton we have come a big step closer. We are very much looking forward to our future together. ”
Krafton says that despite the acquisition, Unknown Worlds will continue to operate as an independent studio as it intends to maintain the structure and management of the studio so it can maintain its “unique creative identity”. The press release also reveals that Unknown Worlds is “currently working on a new genre-defining game that should go into Early Access in 2022”.
No further details have been released on this game, which is currently under development, but with its launch in Early Access next year, it appears to be following the route of Subnautica: Below Zero. While you wait to see what this game is, read our thoughts on Subnautica in Game Informer Subnautica review and then read our thoughts on its frozen sequel in Game Informer Subnautica: Below Zero Review.
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