Start of Pearl Abyss's Direct Service
A Letter from J, Black Desert Online's Executive Producer
This is Jae-Hee Kim, the Executive Producer of Black Desert Online.
Starting today, Black Desert Online is now self-published by Pearl Abyss. It’s been five years since our first adventure took off in North America and Europe on March 3rd, 2016. And it’s a unique feeling, looking back on those five years which bring forth so many memories. Memories of worry, apprehension, and excitement all jumbled together as we prepared for our first service, and even memories of my pounding heartbeat as the anticipation grew for the start of service...
At that time, there were many things that fell short of expectation and many things that were quite troublesome. But thanks to support from our loyal Adventurers, we’ve been able to grow into a stable and sustainable game, giving us the chance to gain a great deal of confidence. Directly servicing Black Desert Online for North America and Europe holds special meaning for us. Because no matter how you look at it, being able to proudly introduce a game developed in Asia—South Korea no less—to North America and Europe is no easy feat.
2016’s first meeting with many Adventurers at Gamescom; 2017’s fun and interesting Adventurer Story Contest; 2018’s Costume Contest (it took a while, but we finally released the Corvicanus outfit. ) and TwitchCon; 2019’s Korea G-Star Arena Tournament... and of course, even the three years of Mysteries of Summer... It feels like there’s been many big and small, happy memories during those frantic five years.
As an MMORPG, we’ve been selected as the best MMO by various media outlets and maintained growing concurrent player numbers that even surpass our records from the early days of service thanks to the support of our North American and European Adventurers. But above all, I believe that the most valuable achievement has been the amazing amount of love Adventurers have shown us during the past five years. Thank you for believing in us. I’ve always really wanted to say this. And that is we believe there’s only one thing we need to do: repay the trust you’ve given us.
With Pearl Abyss servicing Black Desert worldwide, encompassing South Korea, Japan, Russia, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau, Turkey & MENA, Thailand, and Southeast Asia, we built up a lot of experience and leveled up our operational know-how. Using this experience, we’ll do our best to continue a better and more enjoyable service. Additionally, I believe the reason why Black Desert Online has enjoyed so much love so far is because we’ve poured our hearts into making and improving this game. Everyone that’s part of the Black Desert Studio, which includes me, promises to always uphold this belief.
I look forward to spending the next ten, twenty, and many more years to come alongside our Adventurers in Black Desert Online.
And of course, welcome to your next adventures with Pearl Abyss.