Pearl Abyss’ Crimson Desert gears up for a fresh unveiling at Gamescom 2023


When covering Pearl Abyss’s recent investor call, we expressed worry about the hedging the studio engaged in with analysts when it came to the long-delayed release of Crimson Desert, the next big not-quite-an-MMO-anymore Game of Thrones-esque game from the Black Desert studio. The last official word was that the game had been delayed until the back half of 2023, but since the hype machine has been nowhere to be found all year, we were skeptical about its chances of making that date.

Well, maybe the hype machine is being dusted off as we speak, as apparently Pearl Abyss will make good on its promise to deliver more at Gamescom, and it looks as if we’re getting a gameplay trailer. That news comes from the Twitter account of the ubiquitous Geoff Keighley, who’s once again spearheading the marketing blitz for the event.

Will we get a launch date too? Guess we’ll see.

Source: Twitter
Update, 8/17
Apparently, the studio will showcase BDO too, and yes, it’ll be gameplay footage for Crimson Desert. Here’s the official announcement.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 17, 2023 — Leading developer and publisher Pearl Abyss is excited to announce its presence at this year’s Gamescom, one of the most anticipated events in the gaming industry calendar. Taking place from Wednesday through Sunday, August 23 to 27 in Cologne, Germany, the event will see Pearl Abyss showcase its highly anticipated new title Crimson Desert and will exhibit Black Desert Online’s Land of the Morning Light expansion to the global gaming community.

Crimson Desert, a new, immersive, open-world action-adventure game, is set to make a splash at Gamescom’s Opening Night Live (ONL) on August 22nd. This unveiling will feature new gameplay footage, offering attendees a brand-new look at Pearl Abyss’ highly anticipated title.

Utilising its cutting-edge proprietary BlackSpace Engine, Pearl Abyss has harnessed the power of advanced technology to craft the next-generation gaming experience. This iconic title will introduce players to an unparalleled style of gameplay, boasting intricate graphics and exhilarating, high-octane action.

A highlight of the event is the collaboration between Pearl Abyss and Samsung Electronics, bringing Black Desert Online’s acclaimed expansion, ‘Land of the Morning Light’ to Gamescom attendees. Set in Hall 9, Booth A030/A044, this partnership will showcase the ultimate gaming experience, allowing players to indulge in the visually stunning world of Black Desert Online. Attendees can anticipate interacting with community representatives, engaging with cosplayers, and partaking in giveaways with a chance to win coveted prizes. Last but not least, Pearl Abyss will be part of Samsung’s keynote which will be livestreamed through the Samsung Odyssey Twitch channel from 09:30 CEST on Wednesday, August 23rd.

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