Black Desert – Quick interview with developer Pearl Abyss at ChinaJoy

While wandering around the business halls at ChinaJoy 2017, we were surprised to see Pearl Abyss, developer of the popular Black Desert, having a small booth within the Korean games pavilion. To our delight, Pearl Abyss’ Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr James Heo, and Overseas Business PM, Ms Ginny Han, were gracious enough to answer some impromptu questions. Read on!

Q: What is the current status of the Southeast Asia server of Black Desert Online?
A: We are definitely aiming for at least a Closed Beta test in Southeast Asia before 2017 ends. Languages prepared include English, Indonesian, and Thai.

Q: When Black Desert just launched in South Korea, there were screenshots of the male Ranger class. Why hasn’t he appear yet?
A: *Laughs* We do not actually have an actual playable version of the male Ranger, just basic visual assets.

Q: Pearl Abyss recently bought over a network company, Nettention. How will the technology, ProudNet, be utilized?
A: We bought over Nettention mainly to utilize its technology for the upcoming mobile version of Black Desert. The PC version (all servers, including Korea) currently has a stable network environment, but we will certainly look into integrating ProudNet in the future. But for now, the main usage will be for the mobile game.

Q: Speaking about the mobile version of Black Desert, when will we get a glance of it?
A: We aim to release the first trailer for the mobile version of Black Desert in September.

Q: Will the game be at G-Star 2017?
A: It is not confirmed, but we will work towards it.

Q: The new awakened skill upgrade system was recently announced. There wasn’t really a specific confirmation if this is the “2nd awakening” system, so could you please clarify?
A: *After a short discussion* Yes, you can call it as the 2nd awakening system.


  1. When they release it on Steam or a different platform.
    It’s going to be too late. SEA players have been playing in NU since we knew about the game. There’s even a private server (in which i play) where there are many players, more than enough to form a community.

    So if you’re asking anyone if they want to buy the game to play it when it arrives. 80% will say no.
    It’s gonna be dead before it even starts.

  2. Im Aussie, Ill give the SEA server a go! like playing in the regon with WoWarships too

    Glad Black Desert is doing so well it can expand

  3. whats with that negative response? no matter what business type they do it for bdo I’ll bought them right away because i have longed for a year for this because there’s NO good game on sea server.
    thanks for making SEA server pearl abyss.

    somehow i smell that cherrycredits will took the job with recent DN transfering service to eyedentity. hope i wrong

  4. If they even think they will make the SEA version B2P they will pretty much celebrate the death of it , greed isn’t always the answer

      • Cinder trust me .. it isn’t about someone buying a game .. its about how a developer who went 360° with their own original 2013 vision and went “full greedy” mode with it thanks to the ignorance of the western community , now no one can question them about the business model since a paywall seems acceptable to people these days for a game that is pretty much fine with its original business model / version .. blame the ignorance not me .

      • I’ll pay for the game even if its more than 20 USD. Mind you, I’ve been buying games for my N3DS and they cost more than just 10 USD. Just saying. 🙂

  5. Already played the South Korean version with english patch, tried almost all new classes before they do IP block.

    Too late I think, they never consider us as countries of their market on the first time. I dont mind buying games or adding subscription on it btw, I also playing FFXIV with subscription (even though steam blocked it from SEA but honestly the lag problem doesnt matter if SEA players playing at Japan server) and no problem with it. I think ping doesn’t matter if they just unblock the IP address and let us play it with english in the first place.

    Well, I’m still happy they really wanna take their game to SEA. Even though it’s too late for me personally.

  6. Its too late in publishing a SEA server for native SEA Gamers.
    Most of the SEA Gamers that had interest in BDO had already played BDO NA/EU which also had invested to the game. Ping is not an issue in NA/EU as well.
    Also, I foresee that SEA Gamers doesn’t really like or is not really interested into B2P Games.
    Reason at that is that SEA Gamers are into Heavy RMT where they make money off from the in game items.
    BDO is not for them. 99% of BDO is account bound.

    • most of the games are F2P here. if black desert sea will become b2p it will be the first b2p mmorpg here in our region SEA

      • Guess you never played Lineage 2 in Thailand, during the 2003-2007 time frame. That wasn’t F2P – you had to buy hour cards from 7-11 etc and had to “top up” your time. They didn’t even have unlimited hour cards back then. Every hour counted.

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