Black Desert’s Kakao Games enjoys $131.6 million in investment

    
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It’s all coming up Kakao Games these days.

The Korean studio received a large investment package recently that totals $131.6 million. The bundle comes from five external companies, including China’s Tencent, South Korea’s Netmarble, Bluehole Studio, Premier Growth-M&A PEF, and Actozsoft.

So what does Kakao plan to do with its newly laden pockets? The studio has its eyes on global expansion and the acquisition of other studios.

Over in its signature product Black Desert, Kakao and Pearl Abyss are preparing to roll out a new PvP server called Arsha that provides incentives for player conflict. The game is also half-off ($5) on Steam right now through February 19th.

Source: Games Industry, press release
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Dystopiq

They can start by getting a better host

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Peregrine Falcon

I keep reading that the servers are having problems with disconnects and lag and that people are upset about the cash shop.

In the month that I’ve been playing BDO I’ve been disconnected from the server ONCE, seen zero lag, and the in game chat is dominated with Trump-bashing but zero complaints about the cash shop.

Am I missing something?

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haishao

I don’t get the point of making Arsha since we already have Valencia 6 that is a PvP channel and it’s been completely barren since it was added.

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Leiloni

Is Arsha going to be an actually different server and not a channel people can switch out of ? Because then I’d understand.

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K38FishTacos

ROI, i.e., Where my money, bitch?

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wratts

From a gameplay perspective, I’m definitely concerned about the impact this will have on the karma system. Right now people don’t really grief because of the karma risk (and no real benefit). Give them a server where they can say “oh, I’m negative, go grind Arsha for a bit and not risk my gems or jail” and they’ll go negative more often

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rafael12104

Doesn’t Tencent have a stake in Bluehole and Netmarble as well? So… isn’t that double and triple dipping?

Hmm… I can smell the stinky tofu from here.

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Sally Bowls

Yes, Tencent has a stake in Bluehole and Netmarble and before this announcement they had a stake in Kakao. This announcement is they and their posse will have a stake in the new upcoming company, Kakao Games.

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rafael12104

I see…. Hmm… I’ll have to noodle that for a bit. Not sure I like it, or what it might mean.

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Xijit

Wait … How the fuck do you make an even more “PVP” server for BDO?

Drop the penalties for bad karma? Open up the towns to ganking? Add full loot drops to player deaths?

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Arktouros

Eager combatants will be pleased to know that the PVP (Player vs Player) balance on the Arsha server will be adjusted to incentivize players to engage each other in combat and to provide for more spectacular clashes. All characters will have stronger PvP defense ability and will be immune to Crowd Control skills for a certain amount of time if they have been hit by CC attacks three times (such as Knockdown, Bound, Floating, Stun, Grapple) allowing for dynamic counter-attacks.

Players do not have to worry about karma loss in the Arsha server, but if their character has built up negative karma in other servers, this will carry over. All PvE monsters with the exception of Field and World bosses will be present and can be slain to regain your karma.

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Dug From The Earth

$131 million: (being divided up towards all the important things)

– 20 million in marketing
– 1 million to increase developer staff
– 10 million in additional micro transaction additions
– 75 million in developing of a new expansion
– 25 million in better boob physics

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Richard Smith

The half price on BDO sale is no doubt to offset the bleeding of players because of their poor handling of cash shop and continued stability issues with their servers.

Disconnects are happening at an alarming (or at least should be alarming if this weren’t KaKao). Lag continues to be terrible and it seems that the great new content, Vell, is virtually unplayable.

They continue to blame everyone except themselves for the issues and I know of at least 3 dozen players who have left recently and from discussions in my guild it seems like many more will be leaving.

Maybe it’s a good thing they are getting cash, they might need it.

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Arktouros

Or it’s just the fact that BDO goes on sale like every other weekend basically?

Pearl Abyss long time ago already admitted the only reason there’s a box price is because Kakao advised them that NA/EU players were wary of F2P Korean games and B2P would be better received.

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Melissa McDonald

Sounds like good news to me. These companies make games for real, not pretend. (oh, Derrreekkkkk)

See, if you utter his name 3 times, he appears! Just like Candyman.

Xijit
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Xijit

Are you drunk?

You seem to be shit posting abnormally: usually you are one of the more rational voices of Massively & advocating unemotional reactions.

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rafael12104

Or Beetlejuice. Or is it Beetle-Geuse. I can’t ever remember.

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