PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds creator Brendan Greene aka PlayerUnknown never expected the Battle Royale shooter to become such a huge hit for his team at Bluehole, but with success comes pressure. PlayerUnknown recently spoke out bout the side-effects of creating such a popular game. Greene stated that he knows his follow-up project isn't going to become as much of a cultural milestone, and that it's "probably going to get s*** on."
While PUBG propelled Greene to superstardom within the gaming community, it wasn't his first project. He previously made a name for himself by helping birth the Battle Royale genre by creating mods for both ARMA 2 and DayZ. Then, he went on to consult on Daybreak Games' H1Z1 (which recently made its way to PlayStation 4 and managed to get over 4.5 million downloads in just three days) before teaming up with Bluehole in order to create PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
Here's what Brendan Greene told EDGE magazine regarding the pressure he feels developing his next gaming project, whatever it happens to be:
I am dreading my next game, because it’s PlayerUnknown’s Next Game. And there’s going to be eyes on it. No matter what I do, there’s going to be a lot of critics going, 'Well, it’s no PUBG.' And I’ve accepted that – I am not going to make a game that’s going to get like, three million concurrent users, and tens of millions of players every month. But I’m not aiming to make that. I want to make a game I want to play, and if other people want to play it, that’s fantastic – but ultimately, if they don’t, I’ll still have a game that I can play. So that’s my outlook: I’m probably going to get sh*t on, but that’s okay.
PlayerUnknown may have only recently started thinking about his next game, but he also told fans not to expect it too soon since there's still plenty he wants to do with PUBG. Not only does he plan to continuing improving the popular multiplayer shooter - PUBG's developers admitted to failing players recently - but he plans on making sure it becomes an eSports staple. Greene talked about the importance of hiring former Riot Games chief marketing officer Jung Hyun Kwon, and hopes to replicate the success of League of Legends in the Korean market, which makes sense now that games like H1Z1 are attempting to push Battle Royales into the eSports arena.
It's great to see that Greene has realistic views towards his next game. Trying to replicate the success of PUBG would be a near-impossible task, and every move he makes in the future will be under a microscope. There will always be angry fans and critics going forward, so his attitude of "I'm probably going to get sh*t on, but that's okay" is the right one to have.
Source: EDGE (via WCCF Tech)