Black Desert Online developer Pearl Abyss is working on a new family-friendly game code-named Project V

    
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Surprising no one, we have not pictured the thing we don't know about.

We know that Project V (or “Project Five” if you want to cheekily reference roman numerals) is in development from Pearl Abyss. We know that it’s going to be using a new game engine, as the engine behind Black Desert Online is nine years old and thus not being used for new titles. And we know that Project V is meant to be a casual and family-friendly game. And… that’s it. We basically have no other information.

There is a teaser image out there, which is good, but the teaser image doesn’t show much more than a modern-seeming setting with a young girl, who appears to be accompanied by a panda and a pineapple in reflection. This doesn’t really suggest much in terms of mechanics or gameplay, obviously. Then again, we still don’t know how far off the title is in the first place; we could find out more within a few months or never again. Video games are fun.

Source: Facebook via MMO Culture
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wratts

Definitely will keep an eye on it, though if they’re just now revealing concept art my guess is this is 3-5 years out. My boys are 10 and 6, and it would be nice to have a game we can all play (I can’t stand Fortnite . . . ugh!) and they showed some interest in BDO but it was definitely a little too complex. PA has the skills and the money to make something truly remarkable, so will see what comes

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That image which you can see in the sources gives off a very strong Splatoon impression. Doesn’t necessarily mean anything for the gameplay, though.

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Ravven

Depending on what “casual and family friendly” means, this could be very interesting. I like Pearl Abyss, BDO is still gorgeous and offers so much (aside from forced pvp after a certain level). If this just means a gorgeous PvE sandbox with all of the horse training and housing and so on that BDO offers I would be happy.

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Arktouros

On the one hand Pearl Abyss really understand what makes a MMO great and they do an exceptional job of making one hell of a game with BDO…

…and on the other hand Pearl Abyss also understands some of the most manipulative psychological tricks to get you to spend as much money as possible without needing to resort to basics like lockboxes to get you to pay up.

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Toy Clown

Does family version mean no forced PvP? I’ll keep an eye out for further details.

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Carebear

I am the best Carebear out there and I play BDO… for over a year only 1 time I got killed by other player… Especially if you are not in a guild or a protected member they will avoid to kill you even if you ask them too!

But in the worst scenario someone kills you, you spawn exactly near and you lose nothing. Its not like you will get ganged in south STV and then you will have to corpse run all the way down, to get killed again.

BDO is pve game, its not Archeage, its not Darkfall, etc…

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Arktouros

It’s pretty funny on the Xbox version they never toned down the karma system at all, people are killing each other and losing 120k karma per kill (meaning you can kill 2 people before going negative) and if you die while negative even in PvP you can downgrade your gear. The PC players who swapped to Xbox had no idea the penalties for PKing were so harsh in KR.

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Carebear

haha.. they will learn eventually :P It reminds me the start of BDO… there was lot of killing initially, but over the years people understood it was not in their benefit to do so…

And also people who play just to gang and for unfair pvp, realized BDO is not for them and moved on.

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Carebear

If there is one company left that I trust for quality games is Pearl Abyss. Black Desert is the best MMO by far… Now they will make their “wow version” (casual and family). Good!

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rafael12104

Family friendly? Hmm. That is usually code for dumbed down. Why? Because most games are designed to be family friendly to capture a wide audience. I don’t mean to say that there aren’t some complex situations and innuendo. But it’s usually very tame.

Not all games, mind you, but most.

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Bruno Brito

“Family-Friend”

Translation: Not just the kid will get addicted to lootboxes.

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Carebear

There are no lootboxes in bdo… its probably the only company who dont have lootboxes on a b2p/f2p mmo…