Black Desert’s western launch helped Kakao’s games division have a great 2016

Kakao is a major company in South Korea with over 5000 employees and its fingers in many pies, from a major instant messaging app and taxi service to online music distribution. But around here, we know it best for its stewardship of MMORPG Black Desert. The company’s recent financial report covering the fourth quarter of 2016 suggests Black Desert did well indeed when it launched in the west — a story we don’t often hear.

In fact, Kakao touts Black Desert as one of the major factors in its games division reported 63% year-over-year revenue increase and 19% quarter-over-quarter revenue increase (the other being mobile game publishing, which has been its forte since the 2014 corporate merger). Fans of the game in the west don’t have much to fear, is what we’re saying.

Source: Kakao investor relations. Cheers, Sally!
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Melissa McDonald

Any graphic snob needs to spend some time gawking at this game, no lie. Seeing your avatar come out of the water soaking wet, or getting that way in a rainstorm, is freaking pixel magic. I realize not every MMO is for everyone. This one came out of nowhere and really eased the pain of losing EQN for me. I’m a social gamer and the amazing avatar designer and emotes and cosmetics and sheer graphic splendor of the world they’ve made was wonderful good stuff to me. A game I’ll play for 7 years like LOTRO? Probably not. Game of the year for 2016? Most definitely. We’ll see how 2017 looks as the game gets closer to the Korean version and more localization and features are unleashed.

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Rhapsody

I just returned to the game out of curiosity and jesus the game is good at departing you of your money, before i knew it i had spent 120 euros on mostly single character unlocks and a few pets for auto-loot.

Im having fun messing around with the game though and i always feel that i underpay for the entertainment value that MMOs give me. In GW2 for example ive spent 7000! hours the last 4½ years and spent maybe 1000-1500 euros on gems. GW2 however is super generous in what you get for spending money on the game while Black Desert is monetized to a disgusting degree.

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Jeremy Roy

Grats! I also heard the sad news for many of your players. I hope this doesn’t hurt your bottom line too much:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/10/514557304/hundreds-of-whales-die-stranded-on-a-remote-new-zealand-beach

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Sylkesh

I’m glad they’re doing good: more companies successful in publishing MMOs is what we need to reinvigorate the genre :-)

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Melissa McDonald

more than that, we need more good (and graphically superior) MMOs like BDO.

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Arktouros

Really not surprising. Unlike many other eastern ports that get brought over here with shallow end game play and cash shop heavy gearing systems BDO has completely avoided all that with consistent game updates, systems revamps and non-stop enhancements with deep systems that allow for multiple, viable play styles. The cash shop is always going to be a debatable topic but I think ultimately there’s a good balance there. I’m loving that I can continue the tradition of cats in hats…

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Mr_Planthead

Are you saying you need a safe space?

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Arktouros

As someone with generally contrary opinions to those around here the moderators are generally fairly tolerant of alternative viewpoints. There was a lot of hoopla over the whole LBGT march in GW2 for example and while my opinions were certainly not popular very few if any got removed.

The problem that people tend to have, and when you start seeing comments go missing, is when people are incapable of attacking a point rather than the people making said point. A little common sense goes a long way as well, as bringing up the “heat” from one topic into another unrelated topic likely isn’t destined for longevity.

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Esoteric Coyote

Or we could try to keep politics out of games so we have some break from all the nonsense flying around.

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Xijit

There is plenty to fear: more P2W market gouging, more endless grind, more forced PVP.

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Mr Poolaty

LethalFrag’s streaming of this game had me so hyped I’m not going to lie lol but being a controller console player the keyboard and mouse was hard to adapt to and the controller support wasn’t there… So I’m definitely looking forward to the console port!!!