Black Desert’s Russian publishing transfers this week, and we still don’t know the fate of player accounts

    
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Back in September, we covered the surprise announcement from GameNet that it was handing back its Russian Black Desert publishing rights back to Pearl Abyss across the CIS region, with the promise that the two companies would work together to transfer account data without “unnecessary inconvenience” and maintain a Russian-centric server for players affected.

October 12th was the transfer date, and if you peek at your calendar, you’ll note that day fast approaches. This week’s posting suggests the GameNet server will still go dark at the end of the week. Interestingly, GameNet’s Vebanaul Holdings also admits specifically that Pearl Abyss did not renew its license and puts all responsibility for the future of the game on PA, a bit different in tone from the original post about cooperation.

“This is due to the decision of the copyright owner of the game, Pearl Abyss Corporation […], do not renew our license,” says the company (via Google Translate). “The decision to launch the game on a new platform, as well as further support for the game will be made by the copyright holder. The license agreement with users of the multiplayer online computer game Black Desert is no longer subject to prolongation and is terminated. We thank you for the three years spent together and we hope that you enjoyed the game process.”

Last month, Pearl Abyss itself announced it will indeed be publishing the game in the CIS region, promising a Russian server and the preservation of account info. Pearl Abyss’ new Russian website, however, is a placeholder/splash page, and its VK page (Russian Facebook, basically) this week was updated with a note implying it can’t legally discuss what’s happening to the Russian server until the rights transfer, which is concerning to say the least, since the update before that said the delay was a product of ongoing negotiations. Here’s the latest:

“As announced earlier, on October 12, 2018, due to the expiration of the contract, cooperation between Pearl Abyss and GameNet is coming to an end. Since prior to the expiration of the contract, all rights to the Black Desert Russia game service belong to GameNet, details of Black Desert Russia’s future plans will be announced no earlier than October 13, 2018 (00:00). Pearl Abyss makes every possible effort to solve the problems and provide our users with quality services in a legitimate and reliable manner.”

“Solve the problems”? Yikes. Needless to say, that has Russian players speculating on the likelihood of needing to start over from scratch. Let’s hope that’s not happening.

Source: GameNet, Pearl Abyss. With thanks to Corneliu!
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Sean Smith

Just an update: reddit is reporting that the RU server was shut down with NO transfer or character, account or billing information from Gamenet to PA: so total server wipe.

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XSetiX

I wish they would take the rights from kakao and make the cash shop 70% cheaper, then maybe middle class people raising a family could afford the game.

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Toy Clown

Once I got BDO’s claws out of my wallet and left the game, what kept me from returning is the high cash shop costs. I just… can’t. I cringe thinking on how much money I spent on that game, even if I did enjoy it.

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Xijit

So how long before we get private servers running off hard drives that where cloned by employees before the lights go out?

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wow4lyfe

Lol, stop trusting these shit korean companies. When will you people learn???

flyingltj
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flyingltj

Member what happened with mail.ru and the launch of Archeage in their region? I member.

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Rolan Storm

It happens to every game launched by mail.ru, though Archage is alive (not well, no) unlike Black Desert.