The company that both develops and publishes the popular MMO Black Desert Online has announced that CCP Games will be coming into its fold. The move will have CCP Games' three studios in Reykjavik, London, and Shanghai continue operations independently for the foreseeable future, so worry not EVE Online fans! Going forward, Pearl Abyss will be combining the skills of CCP with its current projects, presumably meaning Black Desert, as well as future projects on the horizon.
EVE Online has been going strong since 2003, 15 years of ever larger space conflicts, political backstabbing, and economic swindling. The space-faring RPG is one of the biggest MMOs in North America and Europe, markets the South Korean Pearl Abyss has been attempting to expand into over the past few years. The CEO of Pearl Abyss, Robin Jung, said about the acquisition, "We are thrilled to have CCP Games join our team as Black Desert Online continues to branch out globally. CCP is a seasoned publisher with over 15 years of digital distribution experience and know-how. They have done an incredible job of engaging and maintaining their playerbase, which we aim to learn from and hope to integrate natively into Pearl Abyss’ general practices across all our games. I am confident CCP’s reputable IP and expertise in global publishing will help reaffirm our company’s dedication to developing and servicing the world’s best MMORPGs.”
“I have been seriously impressed with what Pearl Abyss has achieved ever since I first visited their website for Black Desert Online and subsequently became an avid player of the game,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, the CEO at CCP Games. “Pearl Abyss is a fast-growing company with lots to offer in terms of technology, capability and vision. I believe our two companies have a lot to learn from each other. We are very excited to join forces with them and achieve great new heights for our companies, our games and – above all - our players.”
Pearl Abyss has been riding high since the 2014 launch of Black Desert Online. It has overseen successful expansions of the game into markets outside of South Korea over the years and recently launched Black Desert Mobile in South Korea, pushing it into a record sales year. Of course, this is also helped by the recent launch of Black Desert Online Remastered, which gives a whole new level of shine to the aging MMO.
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