Pearl Abyss, the acclaimed developer of Black Desert Online, today announced its financial earnings for the most recent quarter. Since the document is all in Korean, I will talk about the important numbers such as Q2 2019 having the company’s best performing quarter in terms of sales, and a mega 266% rise in net profits compared to the previous quarter. Yes, Pearl Abyss is making tons of money. Overall, the overseas market (outside of South Korea) makes up for 74% of sales. A sound strategy to focus on us overseas gamers!
As with each quarterly financial call, companies will talk about their upcoming projects, and that is the case as well with Pearl Abyss. Here, I will break down each of their new games and talk briefly about them:
EVE: Aether Wars – Originally just a technical demo, it seems that the new parent company of developer CCP Games, which is Pearl Abyss, has given the green light to go further with the project. The CEO of Pearl Abyss admitted that EVE: Aether Wars is an “experimental project,” but the technical challenges faced will help the future games of Pearl Abyss.
Black Desert Mobile – Global launch is still mentioned to be happening in the 4th quarter this year (between October to December). I am guessing there might still be a high possibility of the game being delayed. We shall see!
Project CD – A new “AAA” RPG title not based on the Black Desert IP targeting the global audience. It will be based on the experiences and insights which Pearl Abyss has obtained through developing Black Desert. Project CD is the main reason why Pearl Abyss decided to build a new next-generation engine for all its other new projects. While the main platform is console, Pearl Abyss is looking at a simultaneous cross-platform launch with PC, mobile, and streaming services. No word on a schedule yet, so stay tuned for more on this one!
Shadow Arena – I am not sure why this is mentioned as a separate game, since it is a battle royale game mode in Black Desert Online. Apparently it is a spin-off game based on the Black Desert IP. We shall see if this is officially announced soon, or my sources are having too much makgeolli…
Project K and Project V – Not much was mentioned except that both are “casual” shooting games developed using the new engine. More on Project K here.