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!!!

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Mr Poolaty

And I’ve got plenty more for them when the console release comes!!

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

glad to see that financially the game is doing well. i really wish they’d start listening to a lot of the payers in terms of feedback though. people have a lot of great ideas on the forums. there are a lot of bugs that have been cleaned up in other regions that are still prevalent on western servers which is a shame.

one thing to get rid of some of the mild p2w leanings would be to let functional outfits like ghillie, fish and shark suits etc. be sold on the marketplace like the other cash shop stuff.

I’ve been playing on and off since launch and absolutely adore the game. It’s a blast.

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rafael12104

It was the game of the year around here, right? Even many of those how had a problem with it, (p2w insert you comment here) grudgingly admit it.

I played for a few months and went on to something else, but I certainly enjoyed it and will again.

One more thought. Many of the gaming elite dropped the game because they think it is p2w. Yet, for me, I didn’t see it or care that much. If you stop, get off the race to soft cap and quit worrying about how others spend in the cash shop, you’ll find a world that is interesting and engaging.

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squidgod2000

It’s not pay to win—it’s pray to win. ‘Cause you’ll be prayin’ to RNGesus for every upgrade.

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Xijit

Probably the best MMO released in 2016, but I eventually got burnt and quit.

I am all for skipping the soft cap and living the farm life, but ever single patch that came out drove the returns for trying to play like that farther and farther into the dirt.

It was like they were trying to punish non-combat players for not rabidly chomping at the bit to hit the level cap and then mindlessly pvp or do boss runs … Then the P2W packs came out at the same time that a quarter of the US couldn’t log on due to some dip shit firewall setting they screwed up & I decided to throw in the towel.

Guild drama also contributed to that too … Having nothing you can do with your guild mates besides spam boring ass collection missions or take on combat missions that punished guild members who were either too low or two high for them really took its toll.

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Blood Ravens Gaming

Glad they did well. This game lost interest for me real quick though. I have logged in a few times over last year, but did not stay long. There were a good bit of players in the game even after accounting for all the AFK fishing ones LOL.

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Lethality

Good to see! An amazing game, and it feels like there are even more players now than on launch day — which is saying something.

They also just confirmed Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, so this will be a neat test for another cross-platform MMO (even if not all on the same servers… )

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Slaasher

YOu know I was thinking the same thing. There are so many people still playing it seems like it just launched.

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Koshelkin

The game wasn’t complete without Mediah and Valencia Imo. It just left Beta. That said, I still like it a great deal.

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Richard de Leon III

I really wish there wasnt so many hurdles on playing on the same server. I think it helps when everyone is playing together particularly with a game’s lifespan.

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Bryan Turner

Apparently no fans judging by the comments.

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Bryan Turner

No need to delete it, he only called me a troll; truth is I was baffled why no one posted since this game has been highly regarded since the recent patches hotfixes.

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Bryan Turner

Nope, pretty accurate since I typed out my comment while the first poster was posting theirs.

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Slaasher

Recently went back to this game. Forgot how engaging it is

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DeadlyAccurate

Me, too. I just wish combat was tougher so I actually need to use all my abilities instead of doing it just to break up the look of combat. Other than that, there’s so much to do that I have a hard time staying focused.

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