Update on Crimson Desert: No fixed release time window yet
Update from December 08, 2022: We were officially informed today that some details from the financial report have been mistranslated. So here is the clarification: There is no official announcement yet that Crimson Desert will be released in the second half of 2023. Those responsible only expect that the internal development work can be completed by then. After that, however, quality assurance, localization work and similar things are still on the agenda.
There was also an official statement on DokeV from Kwangho Kyung, Communications Director at Pearl Abyss: “DokeV’s core developers, including Lead Producer Sangyoung Kim and Lead Game Designer Changkee Nam, are still working on the same project. Also, the release window of DokeV has not yet been determined and will be communicated at a later date.”
Original report from December 07, 2022: Anyone who has played Black Desert knows that the developers of Pearl Abyss can create extremely fascinating, visually impressive game worlds. We also got to see (parts of) a visually impressive game world in the previous trailers of Crimson Desert. At first, the role-playing project was called an MMORPG, but the team moved away from that two years ago. We’re expecting a “Open World Action Adventure”with – if the trailers have anything to do with it – great graphics, an immersive world at first glance, a spectacularly staged combat system and optional multiplayer content.
Two years ago it was still said that Crimson Desert should appear at the end of 2021, on consoles and on PC. Last year, however, those responsible at Pearl Abyss wrote an open letter to the community to explain that the release of the role-playing game will be postponed indefinitely. Since? radio silence. We feared the worst…
Finally a sign of life from Crimson Desert
If Pearl Abyss’ third-quarter 2022 financial report is anything to go by (via Massivelyop), but the RPG project is still being worked on diligently. According to the report, Crimson Desert is scheduled for release in the second half of 2023. In order for this to work, one obviously wants to bundle the existing developer capacities.
Other projects suffer. That’s how it’s supposed to be motley open-world action-adventure DokeV, which was able to generate a lot of attention with a remarkable trailer at gamescom 2021, will appear in 2024 at the earliest. This message is accompanied by rumors that core developers of the DokeV team have left the company.
Otherwise interesting: In the third quarter of 2022, the MMO oldies Eve Online and Black Desert were able to generate sales growth. However, those responsible do not assume that this positive trend can be continued over the next few quarters. It was also confirmed that the developers of CCP Games (Eve Online) should continue to work on the topic of blockchain. Due to negative player reactions, however, they do not want to implement NFTs in current CCP games, but rather build a completely new project.