Krafton, Inc. plans to acquire Unknown Worlds, the developers of Subnautica and Natural Selection.
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This latest decision sets the expansion strategy of KRAFTON fortress. Be careful about investing in high-profile talent who want to develop, innovate and gain new experience. Unknown Worlds will be KRAFTON’s sixth independent studio, joining a group of experienced developers such as PUBG Studios, Striking Distance Studios, Bluehole Studio, RisingWings and Dreamotion.
Unknown worlds are a great source of experience in the development of community-driven gaming experiences at KRAFTON. Founded in 2001 by Charlie Cleveland and Max McGuire, the studio is based on the popular Half-Life Mod Natural Selection, which later received a commercial sequel.
While maintaining its community-published roots, the studio’s pre-launch, critically acclaimed and successful PC and console games Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero are in Early Access. Unfamiliar worlds say these are exciting buying experiences that appeal to players around the world. The latest acquisition plan will help KRAFTON expand its IP and add to the company’s portfolio of groundbreaking games.
“Unknown Worlds are incredibly capable and passionate developers with an incomparable creative talent and a proven success story in building player-controlled worlds,” said CH Kim, CEO of KRAFTON, Inc. “KRAFTON is not a good idea, we see each other supported. You are not looking for a good way to get things done, you are a good fit with the soul, you want to create a unique experience for a global audience. ”
“It was immediately clear who Unknown Worlds and KRAFTON Inc. are very similar in the way we think about games and game development. Subnautica and PUBG both have small beginnings and have grown successfully through constant iteration and feedback, ”said Charlie Cleveland, CEO of Unknown Worlds. “We want to bring new games to the international stage – and with KRAFTON we are one big step closer to that. We are very much looking forward to our future together. ”
Unknown Worlds will continue to function as an independent game development studio wholly owned by KRAFTON, Inc., distributed worldwide and working with talent from around the world. Unknown Worlds structure and management SHALL be maintained to maintain its unique creative identity. In addition to other updates for Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero is currently working on a new genre-defining game that is expected to be in Early Access in 2022.
Aream & Co. newer as exclusive financial advisor to Unknown Worlds throughout the negotiation, sisters with Fenwick & West acting as legal advisor. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Kim & Chang step down as Legal Counsel KRAFTON.