The Daily Grind: So how worried are you about Pearl Abyss’ buyout of CCP Games?

    
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The panic over the impending Pearl Abyss buyout of CCP Games has been palpable for the last 24 hours. The EVE Online Reddit was positively ablaze yesterday with “RIP EVE” type posts, as New Eden’s playerbase slowly comes to grip with the idea that Iceland’s CCP Games will soon be owned by a Korean powerhouse. Even some of our own staff is worried. “Pearl Abyss’s handling of BDO thus far does not make me especially sanguine for EVE’s future,” one of my colleagues wrote.

But I’m feeling good about this. I get that Black Desert has a lot of drama and history, but damn guys, so does EVE Online. Setting aside regional prejudices, both are sandbox-esque MMOs with pay-to-win tendencies and enough playerbase melodrama to fill a whole season of Jerry Springer, which makes PA and CCP a perfect match. On top of that, Pearl Abyss had a wildly successful IPO last year, it’s committed to building new MMORPGs specifically for the west, and above all else it’s laser-focused on making complex online games that last for decades. A year ago CCP was dumping substudios and turning out the whole EVE community team – Pearl Abyss bailing it out seems like a stroke of good fortune both for the employees and the game.

Plus, if western dev houses aren’t going to make new MMORPGs and keep the old ones around, but Asian companies will? Awesome.

That’s my gut on it anyway. How worried are you about Pearl Abyss’ buyout of CCP Games?

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Arsin Halfmoon

PA is a korean company, now they have a game company that succeeds in the west. An optimist like me says they’re going to make good on this investment by having a set of western eyes to help games like BDO appeal to a wider market

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Bruno Brito

I don’t play EVE, so i don’t care enough, but i think for EVE players this is really bad.

I mean, i get the “just make us money” approach, but considering how expensive those deals are, and how niche EVE is, i can see PA trying some “tweaks ” to mainstream the game and acquire a bigger following.

Considering they’re a mouthful of incompetence, i can also see that being catastrophic.

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Sally Bowls

It could be a success: CCP’s expertise and PA’s money.

It could be as you say – a failed attempt to flog EVE while fundamentally change the game a/k/aNGE

But another alternative is that EVE/PC is not the strategic goal – it is some of the mobile stuff. Which could work, but considering CCP’s track record of non-EVE products, it is certainly not assured.

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Stiqman

I’d like to see them release a fresh EVE shard with some tweaked rule-sets and an actual PVE story / instanced content / alternative game arch. Let those that love the existing EVE keep doing what they do, and offer the gaming community an alternative EVE shard/instance/universe, reimagined through other MMO mechanics and approaches that leverages off of a lot of great lore and potential PVE storylines and content that EVE has already created. (Jovians, drifters, etc…)

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Arktouros

I honestly don’t think Pearl Abyss has any idea how disliked they are by NA/EU players. Ignoring the numerous times now Kakao has to walk back previous statements regarding decisions on the business model Kakao basically throws Pearl abyss under the bus for everything in BDO. Don’t like game balance? Pearl Abyss’ decision. Don’t like the new p2w? Pearl Abyss states they can’t have Caphras without Costume Melting. Everything bad? Pearl Abyss. And of course anything good is Kakao. Kakao fought for alternative methods to be added to the game for Valks Cry that don’t involve the cash shop!!1

As I’ve said before, there’s a lot of crossover in each game these days. That means EVE players came to play BDO and when they were done went back and spread the tale of the terrible developer Pearl Abyss and how they ran their game. However the reality is that Pearl Abyss has always been fairly open to feedback on some things. For example they have made a huge number of changes to BDO based on feedback and anytime KR protests they usually pause, reconsider their route and can and will make changes. While that typically gets ignored in NA/EU in BDO as we’re filtered through Kakao having direct access to Pearl Abyss may not be so bad.

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Alex Js.

I honestly don’t think Pearl Abyss has any idea how disliked they are by NA/EU players

They know, they just don’t care ;-)

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Sally Bowls

And the EVE fans are already realizing the advantages of leveraging Pearl Abyss’s expertise.
:-)

https://forums.eveonline.com/t/breast-physics/103992

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Toy Clown

Whoa. This is news to me. I’ve never played EVE online, but played the heck out of BDO. PA is a wildly successful, and wealthy company. Something like this is what I’ll be keeping an eye on for curiosity’s sake. I have mixed feelings, mostly because BDO is the only game of PAs that I have experience with, and it’s a beautiful world to play in, but a game with little depth and very little endgame outside of PvP. The cash shop prices are crazy expensive and the game has moved toward P2W after promises it would never go that route for our region.

So yeah, curious to see how this pans out for many reasons.

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Denice J. Cook

I don’t think Eve players have much to worry about, unless 5 years from now there are only 1,000 account owners left logging in. Other than that, I doubt Pearl Abyss wants to be known as the Big Bads that shuttered the by-then-20-year-old MMORPG juggernaut.

Besides, they bought that IP for its upcoming spinoff titles and mobile options. If it was just Eve Online with no other future projects planned, I doubt this buyout would have happened. Eve is just something they feel can support itself enough not to become too much of a liability over the long term, while PA funds, publishes and profits off of Eve’s newer, upcoming titles.

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah not a big fan of either game so it means nothing to me.

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Roger Edwards

it means nothing to me

Oh Vienna…

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ghostlight

Beautiful song.

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Utakata

I dunno…it could be worse right? I mean CCP could of been bought out by Daybreak or taken over by Derek Smart. On the other hand…

“Plus, if western dev houses aren’t going to make new MMORPGs and keep the old ones around, but Asian companies will? Awesome.”

…I had noted the comment talk about resurrecting World of Darkness. With Peall Abyss, CCP would be in a lot better position to do this. As PA knows the ropes to help create living, breathing, successful MMO outside of a spaceship sims spreadsheet.

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Utakata

…as well as being in a better position to negotiate to have it bought back now? Either way, this has seems to have gone through a few folks heads. Not sure this will go anywhere. But in the hypothetical sense, CCP would likely be in a better position now if they ever wanted to pursue that option assuming they acquire that IP back. /shrug

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Denice J. Cook

They’ve got in-development FPS and mobile titles going; I suspect that, combined with this buyout, their plates are a bit full. You never know for the future, though.

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Utakata

That’s much better than slapping down another faceless link for that “Ah-ha, gotcha!” moment. :)

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Armsbend

Speaking of – they have been way to quiet on the IP for the past year. I’d like to get some news.

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Bruno Brito

Uh…Vampire Masquerade 5th edition just released.

It’s….beautiful…i almost cried when i’ve read the sneak peak.

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Robert Mann

I am not really involved either way. I am minimally concerned (I think they intend to keep Eve running at least for now) with regard to people possibly losing a game they like in the not-too-distant future. So long as they can keep a profit of some sort, they will likely keep the servers rolling for a fair while.

I think there are possibilities with the funding that PA can bring to get CCP to do some other things that aren’t just odd spinoff shooters and VR. Whether that happens or not, is something that only time will tell.

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Rheem Octuris

I mean, CCP was already owned by someone, now they’re just owned by someone who is fluent in the video game industry and will hopefully shorten CCP’s leash enough so they stop trying to hang themselves.