Pearl Abyss downgraded DokeV from an MMORPG to ‘open-world action adventure’

    
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Back in 2019, Pearl Abyss announced a slew of new MMOs, including Crimson Desert, Plan 8, and DokeV, the last of which was being called a “collectible MMORPG for all ages” by the studio. Unfortunately, following last night’s trailer reveal of the game at Gamescom, the studio made clear that DokeV not only won’t be an MMORPG, but it won’t be an MMO either, though based on the promo materials, it will still include co-op – we just don’t know how massive it will be.

Readers will recall that Pearl Abyss also called Crimson Desert an “open-world MMORPG set in an epic-fantasy world” during its reveal, but it has also been scaled back to a multiplayer title with single-player components, as we learned last year. Crimson Desert has also been delayed from its originally planned 2021 launch.

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elenie

Dang, I preferred their original pitch. We’ll see where it goes.

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Ernost

I wonder if the overwhelming success of Genshin Impact played a part in that decision.

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BeRk Can

What The F*ck you mean by downgrading, its upgrading gameplay based, now you will experience whole thing as single player without everyone being on same server s1ht it will be like genshin impact so thats the reason I think this is amazing change so quit saying stupid things about PA changing style

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Ray O'Brien

Man so bummed they didn’t go full on MMO with this my inner kid is loving it. Will probably at least give it a try anyway. Freaking spider man swinging ftw! Since we’ll probably never see another full on AAA superhero MMORPG, and the indies on the way are struggling..

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Men Lin

Was Expecting some Plan 8 News Tbh :P

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cursedseishi

Seeing that first trailer reminded me of a plucky little comedian by the name of Bo Burnham and a catchy little tune he made titled “Welcome To The Internet”. ‘A little bit of everything, all of the time’ this game is indeed…

It looked like a Tony-Hawk/Jet-Set-Radio/Monster-Hunter/Sunset-Overdrive/Wave-Racer/Ghostbusters/Magical-Girl/Digimon mash-up blurred together with a little bit of every drug all at one time. And…

… I am all for it. I don’t know if it was the oddly ear-wormy beat accompanying the trailer, or if the near constant explosions and bursts of color during it had some subliminal messaging I fell victim to but…

Yeah! I want a Punchy Panda and Desperado Ducko, and because they shown off a Hammer doing familiarly MH-Hammer things I am immediately hooked to that. At minimum, it looks like they give you a lot of freedom and tools to just… explore and run about, which depending on price/structure for the game could be worth a checking out on its own for me.

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Andrew Ross

It feels like they fully embraced the “play as a kid” aspect of JRPGs, tossed in monster collecting, but the gameplay is giving me some Monster Hunter World/Rise vibes. I’m torn.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Fisty

I love Bob.

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Loopy

What ever this game is, the graphics look unreal. I will definitely be checking it out even if it’s not an MMO, because it just look too much fun not to at least try it out.

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Brinto Sfj

They never said Crimson Desert would be an mmo though. They only said that it would be an open world rpg. They even gave interviews to korean gaming media about Crimson Desert where they mentioned multiple times that Crimsom Desert could be a single player open world rpg.

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Lethality

Yes, they most definitely introduced CD as an MMORPG. Go back to the announcement :)

I believe both games will still be MMOs in function though. However for marketing purposes they’re changing the tone a bit for the audience, and the prevent some premature cannibalization. Maybe.

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Brinto Sfj

That was a mistake on the part of the presentation team. According to the later interviews, Pearl Abyss said that they had a mix-up as Crimson Desert game is within the BDO world and they were also releasing massive info about BDO’s new content on that same event. They clarified in the interview that they were very happy with how BDO had been doing in both eastern and western market and had no intention of creating another mmorpg in the same world that would compete with it.

But yes, they did announce it as mmorpg, even if by “mistake”. That was my bad.