Krafton announced that the PUBG: Battlegrounds battle royale shooter game is getting an animated project by Castlevania producer and showrunner Adi Shankar.
In addition to Castlevania, Shankar is also working on Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix, based on Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. He’s also been named in relation to animated adaptations of Assassin’s Creed, Devil May Cry, and Hyper Light Drifter.
“As a player, I’ve been crushing the competition in the Battlegrounds since PUBG released in 2017,” Shankar expressed in a statement. “I’m grateful to Krafton for the trust and confidence they’ve placed in me to execute my vision as a filmmaker and I’m excited to embark on this journey together. To me, this animated project represents another step in the evolution of mending the torched bridge between the games industry and Hollywood. I look forward to revealing to everybody what winning a chicken dinner looks like.”
“In addition to the continued development of new and engaging in-game PUBG content, our partnership with Adi Shankar represents a step into our broader strategy of expanding the PUBG Universe into a multimedia franchise,” added Krafton CEO CH Ki.
This project exemplifies KRAFTON’s recent diversification of its IP business, which seeks to expand original IP into larger multimedia franchises. In addition to the animated project, the PUBG Universe has expanded with the recent releases of its first live-action short film, Ground Zero, starring Don Lee, and its investigative “docu-series” starring Jonathan Frakes called Mysteries Unknown: Birth of the Battlegrounds.