MMOCulture is reporting via a Korean website that Pearl Abyss is “in the final phase of negotiations” with a well-known publisher in North America and Europe to bring Black Desert to Western shores.

We ooh-ed and aah-ed over Black Desert’s character creator a few months ago and loved the flashy (and MOUNTED!) combat, and it’s been one of the few Korean MMOs to achieve widespread interest in the West in recent years.

What “familiar” company do you think would be the best fit for Black Desert in the West?

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  1. Nextard and Aershit on June 20, 2014

    Yeah guys Nextard and Aershit are obviously the best choices and 100%–I mean 100%–we want Electronic Asshit to publish this. Please.

  2. Goldbryan on June 19, 2014

    Webzen maybe? Or maybe even Perfect World, or maybe even a new company based only on Black Desert

  3. Bloodyhell on June 19, 2014

    Apparently half of you idiots have never played an MMORPG outside of Maplestory and TERA.

    You’ve named a few, trashy companies to publish these games.

    SOE would be a decent publisher, Trion Worlds wouldn’t be terrible either.

    You goons keep saying things like Nexon and Aeria games. What the hell is wrong with you? These aren’t shitty f2p shooters or sidescrolling MMORPGs. The developers of Black Desert won’t hand it over to some money grabbing company. I doubt there’ll be much of a cash shop in this game, as asian MMORPG developers and publishers are realizing that no one likes that shit, except for cosmetics.

  4. no1curr on June 18, 2014


  5. Sandragon on June 18, 2014

    Yay! 😀 I’ve been following this game since I’ve heard of its early development. I’m sooo excited for its arrival in North America!

  6. VikITA on June 17, 2014

    probably nexon

  7. Found it somewhere on June 17, 2014

    Q: What items can we expect in the cash shop if the game goes F2P? Will there be EXP potions?

    A: Costumes, consumables (cosmetics, furniture), no there will not be EXP potions we’re very focused on ensuring our game is not P2W. We’re still talking over if we will have a cash shop, while we leaning more F2P, we are considering many other options.

  8. LordNoX on June 17, 2014

    NCsoft is the only publisher i would be happy with. Lineage 2 was my favorite MMO and Aion isn’t that bad either. Both huge success and NCsoft at least knows what they’re doing. Also, no P2W shit from them.

  9. bruthsaw on June 17, 2014

    I would have to say En Masse or NCsoft. Although it would be nice if NCsoft got B&S here sometimes in the next year… or 2…

  10. blackone on June 17, 2014

    there are several:

    1. EA = Will ruin it with DLC craps and bad decisions and forcing release dates
    2. Trion = Will ruin it the casual way and charging a lot of money for stuff that was once free and invite only to get actual testers in and not just streamers to stream the game
    3. SOE / ProSieben = Pay2Win incoming, no support and ruining the experience with an overall bad service
    4. Gameforge = Do i have to say anything else here? That company is lead by random guys not knowing a single thing about games
    5. Nexon = Bad publisher with 0 community work when it comes do decisions
    6. Aeria = Pay2Win and fooling players with false advertisement
    (7. Steam, but it’s more a distributer, that takes 20% off of every purchase made)

    • RenTheRose on June 17, 2014

      little harsh and honest view here are my thoughts on the list though (good side maybe)
      1.EA = very wide rage of cash shop items more then likely a game breaking gold system and not much development on their part unless bug fixes.
      2.Trion= no doubt pay to get in CBT lots of new items added in from farther development and more then one or two dlc that might cost money.
      3.SOE = very I mean very unlikely they are stretch way to thin to pick this up already.
      4.Nexon= far cash shop low development on game high on in game items more then likely better admins and community managers and lots I mean lots of events.
      5.Aeria = no doubt some P2W aspects lots of useless and not so useless cash shop items great admins and slow customer support
      7. Steam = we wish but will never happen
      8. small company = starts out with easy access cbt and game release slow event and a 50% chance of a great community.

      • Gekans on June 18, 2014

        Though Steam isn’t a publisher its a distributor. The only game they publish that’s F2P is TF2 as far as I know. But they don’t publish any games besides their own.

    • Mystika on June 18, 2014

      When you say Steam, I expect you mean Valve…though they’ve never set a precedent for publishing a game that isn’t developed by them.

      A few others you haven’t mentioned though:
      NCsoft (experience with Aion & Lineage 2)
      Perfect World

  11. wakawaka on June 17, 2014

    The sad part is that the only reliable EU & NA host I can think of is Nexon, and they’re known for destroying a game’s economy.

  12. Beam Linking on June 17, 2014

    When linking to another player, it activates unique powerful skills. You can also use it on Mobs. It will interrupt and stun them in most cases.

  13. Rawasa on June 17, 2014

    @Vec1ple you are right but its both depending on the other group members positon it can grant either a buff or an ultimate skill for example TRIANGLE FORMATION: buff, ZIG ZAG: ultimate skill. <– just an example btw.

  14. Eviil on June 17, 2014

    What in the hell is those beams that I keep on seeing before each attack. If thats required to do anything thats retarded LOL. Otherwise looks great.

    • Vec1ple on June 17, 2014

      Look closely, looks like some linking ability in order to use some sort of “ultimate” or special ability, that or a buff of some sorts

    • RenTheRose on June 17, 2014

      their buffs that link with in a range of 10m in game they work as healing and even damage transfer.

  15. Rawasa on June 17, 2014

    TRION= 250 bucks for CBT access for Black Desert (archeage is $150).

    • RenTheRose on June 17, 2014

      good point Trion was always fast on ways to make a quick buck.

  16. Marius on June 16, 2014

    Trion Worlds is a good publisher they did a fantastic job with RIFT as free to play.

  17. CByl on June 16, 2014

    PLEASE just be it a good publisher! I have hopes in you Pearl Abyss!

  18. Jooq on June 16, 2014

    And I’ve came back from Swordsman CBT (it’s started), and wanted to say that game is total bs 🙂 But this is (as always) my opinion, so you can try and decide for yourself. As for Black Desert, looks nice and I wanna try it before I judge 🙂

  19. fatgamer on June 16, 2014

    Looks like this game will get all the players that would play b&S. Considering this will have more customization. I suppose that will make it even more likely bns won’t come to the states or eu. Along with their bull shit statistics they made up

  20. King on June 16, 2014

    I would say steam, there really isnt any good publishers for F2P games. All companies are hunting for money.

    • CByl on June 16, 2014

      Though I would love steam to publish this game, I doubt they will. They’re more of a distributor rather than a publisher, and I honestly don’t see them making any MMORPG games so I have no idea how they would deal with it.

      • Gekan on June 16, 2014

        Yea, steam is more of a distributor and not a publisher. Would be nice if it came to steam though.

  21. gorak on June 16, 2014

    best mmo i ever played (aion) i hope thare ever will be a aion 2

    • Eviil on June 17, 2014

      Aion is alright XD I think you missed out on the early mmos back in the day when they actually put in the time and money for quality gameplay. But the graphics aren’t appealing these days.

    • Tera Rocks on June 17, 2014

      No Tera is the best MMO XD

  22. xeqtr on June 16, 2014

    the best choise have ether been ncsoft or en masse, they have hade verry big success with there games sins they whent free to play. they have good servers good comunity

    • RenTheRose on June 17, 2014

      en masse is one I never thought of (how that is astonishes me I play terra online at least 3 hours a week) I think their now starting to build a good community now I not sure its the best though.

  23. RenTheRose on June 16, 2014

    more then likely EA they have the resources to put on a project like this and are very fast on the uptake when new games come out I don’t think they will handle the customer services part well but they do a good job on the sever side I would like nexon to take It tho or arial games I think both are very community active with events so I like them more

    • Gekan on June 16, 2014

      I hope your joking. No offence but you named the top 3 worst f2p companies, those companies would completely ruin this game.

      • what he said on June 16, 2014


      • DesertFox on June 16, 2014

        The fact that you cannot see the sarcasm in this astounds me

        • Gekan on June 16, 2014

          My bad bro, just let me get my sarcasadar that detects sarcasm from texts.

          • Eviil on June 17, 2014

            I don’t think people believe anymore that it is very hard to tell how a person’s tone is without symbols. At least give an “l o l” or something.

      • adwd on June 17, 2014

        you’re*, short form of “you are”

      • dfsfsf on June 19, 2014

        Agree with you.

    • Derpitto on June 17, 2014

      the best publisher: valve(steam)

    • icify on June 18, 2014

      This is definitely small potatoes, to EA. If it was EA they’d probably get this worked out BEFORE e3 so they could reveal it there.

  24. Jimi Brown on June 16, 2014

    Looks shit….MOUNTED ^^