Yes, you read that correctly. Today, Daum Games Europe announced that it is working with Black Desert Online developer Pearl Abyss to bring the MMORPG to North America and Europe in early 2016. A new teaser site is also live and the announcement comes with a brief description of some of the changes the Western version of the game will have over its Russian and Korean cousin. The main difference will be the payment model.
Black Desert Online will not be free to play in the West. Instead, the game will adopt a one time box fee and then have a cash shop for vanity and convenience items. The game’s box price will be revealed at a later date. Game balancing and localization are also slated to undergo various changes.
“We are putting a lot of effort in the game’s Western localization,” said Daniel Loehr (AKA Belsazar), Project Manager at Daum Games, “We are localizing approximate 2.5 million words into English, German and French. Black Desert Online’s content and gameplay systems will be adjusted to accommodate Western players and our differentiating business model.”
With that announcement, Black Desert Online won’t be making many headlines here at MMOBomb anymore, but what do you think about the payment model change? Does the box fee make the game more desirable for you? Let us know below.