Black Desert developer Pearl Abyss has struck an agreement with the game’s publisher, Kakao Games, to acquire the publishing rights for the South Korean version of the popular fantasy sandbox, a new report from MMO Culture reveals.
Per the agreement, Kakao will transfer the publishing rights to Pearl Abyss effective May 30th, at which point the developer will officially be “directly handling publishing duties […] worldwide for the PC and console versions” in all regions save for North America and Europe, where the rights will remain in Kakao’s hands. MMO Culture also notes that the agreement also “marks one of the very rare times where the original data will also be transferred to Pearl Abyss,” in contrast to previous cases in which “data transfers to the new publisher [were] never approved.”
Microsoft has announced that the title will be one of the eight games becoming available as part of the Xbox Game Pass program in May. Black Desert will be hitting the Xbox Game Pass library on May 9th, at which point it will be free to download and play for Game Pass members. Of course, if you want to deck your character out with pets, carrying-weight boosts, and the like from the in-game store, those are still gonna cost you. Still, if you’re a Game Pass member who’s been considering taking BDO for a spin, next month looks to be the time to do it.