Black Desert Online developer acquires EVE Online developer

This is pretty big news in the MMO world. Pearl Abyss, the developer behind MMORPG Black Desert Online, has announced that it acquired CCP Games, the developer behind the space MMORPG, EVE Online. What does this mean for the world of EVE Online? Well, CCP Games will still be working on the game independently at its studios in Reykjavik, London and Shanghai. However, the company’s knowledge of development and publishing will be incorporated to help Pearl Abyss’ current and future works.

EVE Online is an MMO game that launched in 2003 and introduced people to a world filled with factions and war in space. Teaming up with factions is an important step, as stories are created from rivalries and long-lasting battles all taking place in one single online server.

Black Desert Online, the action-based MMO game was launched in Korea in 2014, with North America and Europe in 2016. Now it has amassed over 10 million users all over the world.

Pearl Abyss CEO Robin Jung stated, “We are thrilled to have CCP Games join our team as Black Desert Online continues to branch out globally. CCP is a seasoned publisher with over 15 years of digital distribution experience and know-how. They have done an incredible job of engaging and maintaining their playerbase, which we aim to learn from and hope to integrate natively into Pearl Abyss’ general practices across all our games. I am confident CCP’s reputable IP and expertise in global publishing will help reaffirm our company’s dedication to developing and servicing the world’s best MMORPGs.”

“I have been seriously impressed with what Pearl Abyss has achieved ever since I first visited their website for Black Desert Online and subsequently became an avid player of the game,” said CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson. “Pearl Abyss is a fast-growing company with lots to offer in terms of technology, capability and vision. I believe our two companies have a lot to learn from each other. We are very excited to join forces with them and achieve great new heights for our companies, our games and – above all – our players.”

 

With the acquisition, Jung wants to grow the company. He tells GamesBeat, “Moreover, the global trend of the video games industry is to expand beyond PCs into mobile and console platforms. Cross-platform games are already the norm in Asia, and North America and Europe are following on the same path. Based on these market trends, we became certain of the future growth potential of competitive IPs, and thus made the decision to acquire CCP’s Eve Universe.”

Does this mean we’ll get characters from both Black Desert Online and EVE Online interacting with each other? Perhaps Black Desert Online will be a prequel to EVE Online? Well, for one thing, I hope it means Project Nova, CCP Games’ first-person shooter, is still on schedule to actually come out.

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