According to the Korean media, Netmarble has announced it will invest over 180 million USD to build a new Research & Development building in Gwacheon Knowledge Information Town, located around 40 minutes from the central of Seoul. The location Netmarble has chosen is above a new subway station and considered a prime position in the area, which is still under construction. The building will have 6 floors under ground, and 15 floors above. The space area is said to be 13,838 square meters per floor, which is considerably massive.
The R&D center will not only work on AI tech and big data analysis, but also house Netmarble Nexus (team behind Seven Knights), Netmarble N2 (team behind Stone Age Begins), and provide work space for IT startups. There is no word on when this new building will officially open. Netmarble has also invested around 364 million USD to build a new main headquarters near its current rental location in Guro District. Designed with a staggering total of 39 floors, the space area is said to be 19,090 square meters per floor.
Also in Gwacheon Knowledge Information Town, Black Desert Online developer Pearl Abyss revealed it has invested around 156 million USD for a new headquarters in the area, with the land itself costing around 21.3 million USD. According to reports, the massive success of Black Desert Online and Black Desert Mobile has led to aggressive manpower expansion, and its current rental office at Anyang is reaching its capacity. The new building will have 5 floors under ground, and 15 floors above. Construction is expected to complete late 2021. Pearl Abyss mentioned it will continue using the Anyang office after the new building opens.