Back in June, it was reported Korean developer Pearl Abyss was in talks with an unknown publisher to bring the studio’s upcoming sandbox MMO Black Desert to western regions. Now, foreign games review site Steparu has just confirmed publishing duties for the North American and European versions of Black Desert will be handled by Black Desert’s current Korean publisher, Daum Communications.

As far as we can tell, Black Desert will be Daum’s first attempt at publishing a title in the Western market. The company is most famous for being one of South Korea’s largest web portals, and already acts as the official publisher for other notable titles in South Korea, including SOE’s Planetside 2.

Pearl Abyss has already been shown to have an English client in the works, but the publisher reveal did not come with any additional information regarding Western beta dates. Meanwhile, Black Desert’s third Korean closed beta test will take place sometime in late August to September. After the closed beta wraps up, Pearl Abyss will conduct the Open Beta test a few months later.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. Did any one notice the character on the left of the picture? It looks like a specific character from Game of Thrones. Can you tell which one it is lol? Just a coincidence though I assume but has a very uncanny likeness. Hint, this tall masculine woman helped Jaime Lannister get back to Kings Landing under the orders of Lady Stark.


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