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The first (and only) game from Pearl Abyss has hit a pair of high benchmarks ahead of its 10th birthday.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

February 28, 2024

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Players characters in Black Desert Online.
Image via Pearl Abyss.

At a Glance

  • Pearl Abyss' fantasy-MMO is going strong as it works on other projects like Crimson Desert and DokeV.

Within nearly a decade, Black Desert Online has earned €2 billion (or $2.17 billion) in lifetime revenue.

Pearl Abyss revealed the milestone for its big MMO, which has also locked in 55 million players across PC, consoles, and mobile. Because of the game's staggered release, the publisher technically considers it a franchise.

Its lifetime revenue is colored by its region-specific existence. The game is free-to-play in some territories, while others require players buy it first, a la Fallout 76 or Elder Scrolls Online.

Black Desert's staggered release

Black Desert first launched in 2014 for PC Korean players, then western PC players two years later. In 2019, it came to phones, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

At time of writing, a native current-gen version is expected to release this summer.

Beyond the MMO, Pearl Abyss plans to build out Black Desert with a new game titled Crimson Desert. That project is billed as a single-player title set within the same fantasy universe.

Other Pearl Abyss projects include DokeV and Plan 8. It's unknown if those two have any Black Desert connections, but they're both planned to release on PC and consoles.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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