Black Desert studio Pearl Abyss had a record first quarter thanks to mobile

Come on, vogue.

Pearl Abyss’ financial report for the first quarter of 2018 is good news for both the Black Desert franchise and the company. PA, which went public last year, recorded a hefty increase in revenues and profits, thanks largely to the release of Black Desert Mobile in South Korea. The report mentions the console release still slated for this summer, the continuing PvP revamp, and plans for two new characters and “Ramones battle field”. The company is also still working on two new games: MMOFPS Project K and casual mobile MMO Project V.

The investor documents for the previous fiscal year on the whole tout the expansion of the franchise around the globe and into new markets, particularly the mobile sector. North America and Europe continue to dominate sales of the original Black Desert MMORPG in particular, accounting for 56% of the game’s sales (contrast that with NCsoft’s regional report yesterday).

During the call, the executives also noted that Black Desert Mobile is expected to roll out to Taiwan and then South East Asia by fall. Don’t get too excited, though; the game won’t reach western shores until next year.


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The mobile game looks super good.


Congrats on the successful port of the Cash Shop … I mean, game to mobile!

Sally Bowls


Good news for gaming studios is always welcome. However, a sixth of profits coming from US/Europe and in its initial quarter mobile being the majority of revenue would not have been my preference.

Regardless, grats to them.