Black Desert Online

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Daum Games Europe
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Release Date: March 3, 2016

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'Black Desert' (ALL) Franchise Exceeds $1 Billion In Gross Sales, Mobile Version This Year

by Rainier on April 9, 2019 @ 11:58 a.m. PDT

Black Desert Online is an open-world action MMORPG with next-generation visuals and skill-based combat that rejuvenates the genre.

With the deepest character customization of any game currently on the market, Black Desert Online allows for unprecedented detail in character creation. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed world, and extensive lore will enthrall both newcomers and veterans of MMO games and action RPGs.

Travel through the lands in search of treasure and adventure or become one of the top craftsmen in the land. Set up trade routes and breed horses or compete against other guilds in epic siege warfare.

Pearl Abyss announced that Black Desert has surpassed $1B in gross sales in four years after its initial release, which has launched on PC, mobile (iOS, Android) and Xbox One platforms,and is currently available in over 150 countries with 18 million registered users.

Robin Jung, CEO of Pearl Abyss, who led the charge in 2018 to acquire EVE Online developer CCP Games and expanded the company’s operations with its first North American office, today commented on the major milestone for Black Desert. “We’re proud of what this achievement represents - the hard work and dedication from our teams over the past four years and the support from a community of fans around the world,” Robin noted. “With over 30% of gross sales for Black Desert stemming from mobile platforms, which saw an initial release in Asia in the past year, we’re confident that sales are accelerating. Pearl Abyss is optimistic for the future of Black Desert, and we look forward to launching Black Desert Mobile globally by the end of the year.”

Pearl Abyss was founded in 2010 by Dae-il Kim, a well-known Korean game producer, with a small team of seven. A successful IPO in 2017 resulted in Kim becoming a new billionaire, but he still serves as Development Director, and the company has since grown to more than 700 employees based in South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and North America. Their new Manhattan Beach, CA office serves as a regional hub for game operations and marketing for the Western market and provides insight on market strategy and corporate development.

Following Pearl Abyss’ acquisition of CCP Games in November 2018, the Icelandic developer has continued to operate its own titles as an independent entity with studios in Reykjavík, London and Shanghai. Capitalizing on their common focus on MMO game development and live services for global audiences, the two companies are sharing knowledge on game development and strategy across the board while exploring ways to create synergy. Pearl Abyss and CCP Games recently announced their first project together, the introduction of Korean localization into EVE Online in Q4 2019.

Black Desert Onlinereceived a Remastered edition update in 2018, which completely revamped graphics and audio and offered a more immersive experience to players. Pearl Abyss is focused on expanding the available game platforms and supported regions as well as delivering stellar service and exciting game updates to current players around the world. Leveraging its proprietary game engine technologies and extensive experience in multiplayer game development, the company is also working on new MMO titles.

Pearl Abyss continues to evaluate growth opportunities outside of South Korea and is actively hiring within the live-operations sector for its new Manhattan Beach, CA office.

Key Features

  • A beautifully designed open world that’s as expansive as it is alive
  • Heart-pounding skill-based combat
  • Unprecedented character customization with incredible detail
  • Crisp next-generation graphics
  • Extensive open world PvP modes (Arena mode, guild vs guild, node wars, castle siege, and more)
  • Engaging story with deep lore and epic quests
  • Unique farming system - grow and perfect your crops
  • A personalized stable - catch, tame, and breed wild horses
  • Deep crafting, housing, fishing, hunting, and alchemy systems
  • Intuitive action gameplay complete with gamepad support

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