Pearl Abyss and Kakao claim Black Desert’s playerbase got a ‘massive surge’ thanks to the remaster

    
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Kakao and Pearl Abyss sent ’round a press release this morning stating that Black Desert has seen a “massive surge” in its playerbase since the launch of its graphically remastered edition just over a week ago. How many players? That, we don’t exactly know, but we do get some relative figures.

“Last week, Black Desert Online was updated with enhanced visuals and a newly recorded orchestral score to provide the most immersive in-game experience possible,” the studio says. “As a result, Black Desert Online has seen an average week-over-week increase of 103.6% in returning players and a 24.2% increase in new player acquisition across NA/EU regions.”

The press release does not mention the latest pay-to-win controversy unleashed with this week’s update in the west. PA Executive Producer Jae Hee Kim says his studio is “highly motivated to keep the game current and up-to-date by continuing to develop exciting new content while striving for continuous improvements and optimizations”; indeed, work continues right now on the upcoming Drieghan expansion for the western regions.

Source: Press release
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Triona Falconer

They may be telling the truth but not the whole truth… which they hope will leave us to assume an incorrect conclusion (much like US politics currently).

There probably was a (very brief) bump in numbers while people reinstalled to see the new “pretty-shiny” but then quickly uninstalled again when they were reminded of the reasons they quit the game in the first place.

The term “beer-goggles” comes to mind here…

Ernost
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Ernost

I’m surprised, considering how many “I’m quitting” posts I’ve seen since the latest pay to win shenanigans.

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Chosenxeno .

They are lying. all I have been seeing is I quit vids and threads because of some stones they introduced.

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Heliton B. Amorim

Arrrgh, how hard it can be to craft some PvE stuff? Who the hell was asking for better graphics on BDO? I mean, the major of players complaining about BDO, is complaining about the lack of PvE content, they’re the players who don’t want to kill 6k mobs per day every day forever…

There is no “end game” progression, PvP is just a mess with no rewards but Karma (BDO crime points)… IDK, devs seem to be so dumb nowadays, wtf is going on.

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Cela

exactly, nobody even asked for this random remaster, everyone was complaining about the lack of content and class balance but korean developers tend to ignore the entire community (even their own country) devs do whatever they want then complain when their game dies. besides pearl abyss doesn’t care about the pc version since their mobile version is making millions thanks to those desperate salarymen who spend 500k dollars to become rank 1 on a mobile game. ~_~

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Peter Reynolds

I just jumped back into it. I am only playing casually right now, but enjoying it again!

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Mr Poolaty

I just wanna play this on console…when’s that happening?

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Roger Melly

Same year as Star Citizen but you might need sliding tech because it will happen in a parallel universe .

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styopa

Yes, they did get a surge from me.
I reinstalled, got my horse/tack, then uninstalled. Meh, someday if they become an ACTUAL multiplayer MMO I may come back and try it.

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Colin Goodwin

It’s like they think we can’t see their house burning down atm and will believe whatever they say…..yikes

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wratts

Population has never seemed that bad to me. World bosses don’t have the crowd they used to, but I still have to compete for Imperial Fishing and someone is always stealing my giant oysters

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Arktouros

This is a lot of misinformation from Kakao.

While certainly a large chunk of the game plays on the web client pre-Steam release, the Steam numbers have done nothing but gone down steadily with an exception in June with the release of the Lahn. If there really was a kind of large group of people returning to the game you would see it in the numbers like we did with the Lahn release.

The other reality is that some people are coming back either via their accounts being sold or they’re coming back to make a big show of deleting their gear. Some big streamers in the community are making huge spectacles in blowing up their gear with that peaking last night with Lacari last night in a huge 5000 viewer spectacle.

It’s unlikely the game will die out as a result of big names leaving for good or even over the P2W controversy but as a player in game the general attitude is more in line what we saw with the 2016 Costume selling P2W frustration. The lack of quality MMO game releases is mostly what is keeping BDO players in game these days.

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Cela

It just looks like a desperate marketing plan to trick tools into trying the game again, they took a shortcut and introduced a fake update instead of addressing the actual problems that players have been complaining about for years..

I was quite disappointed to realize that kakao and pearl abyss straight up ignores their community on purpose.. im shocked there are still 14k players remaining when they treat us like livestock / brainless cash cows!

unfortunately it’s true that we have no replacements, we’re forced to return to guild wars 2 / warframe / wow / mobas if we want to be treated with respect. i am getting sick of every korean, french company treating their customers like crap..