When Pearl Abyss
announced that Korean internet giant Daum
would be publishing Black Desert
in the west, my first reaction was "really?" It makes a certain amount of sense, though, as having one worldwide publisher (Daum is also releasing the fantasy sandbox in its native Korea) could work in the title's favor in terms of localization and time-to-launch efficiency. On the other hand, Daum has no real presence in Europe or North America.
That last point was recently addressed by Pearl Abyss Director of Overseas Business Brian Oh
, who spoke with MMO Culture at ChinaJoy 2014. "Daum is looking to set up a new games business team and hiring veterans from the western region to operate the new games platform," Oh explained.
The interview also delves into Black Desert's
translation process as well as IP restrictions and other notables.