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Black Desert: North American & EU Publisher Revealed

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,595MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

2P.com is reporting that the publishers for both the North American and European versions of Black Desert Online have been revealed. According to the site, Daum Communications will be publishing the game in both regions. Daum is also the Korean publisher of BDO. Black Desert Online will be published by Gamenet.ru in the Russian Federation.

The Korea-based company, Daum, should not be new to people who have been keeping up with black desert news (since they have hosted two closed beta events of Black Desert Korea), but for those who don't know Daum is a web portal in South Korea, like Naver and Nate. Daum offers all sorts of services to its "netizens" (web users) like a popular free web-based e-mail, messaging service, forums, shopping and news. Daum officially marched into the game publishing industry in 2011 and is also the publisher of many online games in Korea including PlanetSide 2 and Winning Putt.

Read more at the link above and thanks to WNxbadboy3 for the tip!

Discuss it in this existing MMORPG.com thread.

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  • MoodsorMoodsor HerningPosts: 650Member Uncommon
    Korean publisher for EU/US release, no - just no!

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  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko RotterdamPosts: 3,845Member Uncommon
    Is this the first publishing venture for Daum Communications in the Western market ? Should be interesting to watch how this unfolds, the Korean and western players are quite different I hear...
  • DauzqulDauzqul Detroit, MIPosts: 1,402Member Uncommon
    I don't care who the publisher is. This is clearly progress and I'm looking forward to a US relase.
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,518Member Uncommon
    So what happened to all the western publishers they talked to at e3?

  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,518Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Dauzqul

    I don't care who the publisher is. This is clearly progress and I'm looking forward to a US relase.

     

    I understand that many people just want to play - but having a western publisher is a lot more than players realize.

    It's not just translation, it's also having an established operations team, Datacenter, billing etc...

    Having a solid infrastructure to host a MMO is just as important as the game itself - it's what separates Blizzard, SoE, NCsoft, Trion etc... from the rest.
  • AshikuroAshikuro Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 28Member
    Don't underestimate the Koreans. They may just blow everyone out of the water and set a new benchmark for excellence. It's amazing how much is coming out of this small country. From Samsung to Hyundai to Ncsoft, that place is really taking off. I am personally really interested to see what they can do.

    If they do an amazing job, it will put pressure on north American publishers to step up their game (which most need to; let's be honest). If they fail hard, then it could potentially drive more Asian games to publish through north American companies. As a gamer, I see this as a win-win.
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,518Member Uncommon
    I hope Daum pulls it off, it's going to be pretty hard.

    For example currently to log into BD in Korea you have to go through IE, yes a browser, to authenticate.

    They will have to change a lot of systems that western players take for granted.
  • WNxbadboy3WNxbadboy3 scunthoprePosts: 121Member Uncommon
    anyone notice there site is korean so unless they translate it for us.  Yeah you get the picture . i would of perferred an NA and EU publisher. and also someone brings up a good point they where talking to publishers at E3 what happend!.
  • GaoxinGaoxin BluhPosts: 196Member Uncommon

    Whats the average time span between publisher announcement till release?

     

    And btw, I don't care if it's a new korean publisher, as long as it isn't mothereffing Gameforge for EU. Same publisher for all regions could mean, that we would get all updates/patches at the same time the koreans get em.

     
  • ArthasmArthasm LoznicaPosts: 754Member Uncommon
    Lol, 2P! Very reliable source. Official info, pls!
  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,453Member Uncommon
    double post
  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,453Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by WNxbadboy3
    anyone notice there site is korean so unless they translate it for us.  Yeah you get the picture . i would of perferred an NA and EU publisher. and also someone brings up a good point they where talking to publishers at E3 what happend!.

    I'm sure they will make an English site (along with other languages) when the time comes.

     

  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member
    Kind of disappointing but I can't think of any company that would be willing to take on BD at the moment in NA/EU. Everyone is waiting to see if Trion can pull off AA to see if it's worth it to bother with Korean MMO's anymore I think.

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  • fascismfascism marquette, MIPosts: 358Member Uncommon
    Real publisher is gamescampus.
  • BurntCabbageBurntCabbage jeffersonville, INPosts: 372Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Aeonblades
    Kind of disappointing but I can't think of any company that would be willing to take on BD at the moment in NA/EU. Everyone is waiting to see if Trion can pull off AA to see if it's worth it to bother with Korean MMO's anymore I think.

    dont get me wrong but i have my fingers crossed on this one too just like i had AA

    RED: honestly its not up to trion they have their hands tied they cant change or add a bunch of stuff because its not theirs..thats why its "just another korean mmo" if they could do better they would no doubt..and i hope that BD wont fall to the same fate

  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member
    Originally posted by BurntCabbage
    Originally posted by Aeonblades
    Kind of disappointing but I can't think of any company that would be willing to take on BD at the moment in NA/EU. Everyone is waiting to see if Trion can pull off AA to see if it's worth it to bother with Korean MMO's anymore I think.

    dont get me wrong but i have my fingers crossed on this one too just like i had AA

    RED: honestly its not up to trion they have their hands tied they cant change or add a bunch of stuff because its not theirs..thats why its "just another korean mmo" if they could do better they would no doubt..and i hope that BD wont fall to the same fate

    True, it's not really up to Trion. Poor choice of words on my part.

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  • wormedwormed Calgary, ABPosts: 374Member

    So funny to read that people are anti-Korean publisher, or any publisher that isn't NA/EU. What track record of awesomeness does NA/EU have? Name a game where there has been a publisher where we all went, "WOW, THANKS <insert publisher>"

     

    At least with a Korean publisher they might keep the game like it is in Korea, which NORMALLY, is the best iteration of the game. NA/EU always has ridiculous needs that essentially ruin games... and then the NA/EU will complain about those changes they whined for in the first place.

  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko RotterdamPosts: 3,845Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by BurntCabbage
    Originally posted by Aeonblades
    Kind of disappointing but I can't think of any company that would be willing to take on BD at the moment in NA/EU. Everyone is waiting to see if Trion can pull off AA to see if it's worth it to bother with Korean MMO's anymore I think.

    dont get me wrong but i have my fingers crossed on this one too just like i had AA

    RED: honestly its not up to trion they have their hands tied they cant change or add a bunch of stuff because its not theirs..thats why its "just another korean mmo" if they could do better they would no doubt..and i hope that BD wont fall to the same fate

    Why on earth would BD be any different to AA when it comes to game changes ? In either case, the western publisher is not the game developer, so all they can do is make suggestions to the developers. Whether those suggestions are acted on or not is entirely up to the game developer.

     

    In the case of AA and BD, Trion may actually have an advantage over the BD publisher, seeing as Trion has extensive experience with the likes and dislikes of western gamers. There's more to a successful localization than just translating game text/voice.

  • ShaighShaigh Posts: 542Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by fascism
    Real publisher is gamescampus.

    To be specific, Daum recently bought OnNet, and OnNet is the company running Gamescampus.

  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DMKano
    Originally posted by Dauzqul
    I don't care who the publisher is. This is clearly progress and I'm looking forward to a US relase.

     

    I understand that many people just want to play - but having a western publisher is a lot more than players realize. It's not just translation, it's also having an established operations team, Datacenter, billing etc... Having a solid infrastructure to host a MMO is just as important as the game itself - it's what separates Blizzard, SoE, NCsoft, Trion etc... from the rest.

    I disagree with this.

     

    Daum Communications being the publisher for Black Desert is some of the best news possible for this game. We'll get content fast because the developers are the ones who are publishing the game, and also from what I've seen this development team already knows how to operate (they have experienced developers who have been in the business for up to 10 years and more).

     

    Also, from what I've seen of these developers they truly seem to care about their game and want to make it the best they possibly can. I expect that servers will obviously be hosted in the NA region for NA players so people shouldn't worry about having a bad connection or anything like that.

     

    I really don't see how anyone could take this as bad news. This is great news from what I can see.

    Smile

  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member
    Originally posted by Razeekster
    Originally posted by DMKano
    Originally posted by Dauzqul
    I don't care who the publisher is. This is clearly progress and I'm looking forward to a US relase.

     

    I understand that many people just want to play - but having a western publisher is a lot more than players realize. It's not just translation, it's also having an established operations team, Datacenter, billing etc... Having a solid infrastructure to host a MMO is just as important as the game itself - it's what separates Blizzard, SoE, NCsoft, Trion etc... from the rest.

    I disagree with this.

     

    Daum Communications being the publisher for Black Desert is some of the best news possible for this game. We'll get content fast because the developers are the ones who are publishing the game, and also from what I've seen this development team already knows how to operate (they have experienced developers who have been in the business for up to 10 years and more).

     

    Also, from what I've seen of these developers they truly seem to care about their game and want to make it the best they possibly can. I expect that servers will obviously be hosted in the NA region for NA players so people shouldn't worry about having a bad connection or anything like that.

     

    I really don't see how anyone could take this as bad news. This is great news from what I can see.

    Haven't thought about that perspective, I suppose this is very true. Content will come quicker and most likely be better without a middleman publisher. My real concern is how the game is going to monetized rather than the gameplay itself suffering. I honestly don't know how good/bad it is currently, but I do hope they realize different monetization models are needed for different regions of the world. Looking forward to seeing the future for BD.

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  • ReizlaReizla AlkmaarPosts: 3,300Member Uncommon
    I think it's a good thing that BDO will be hosted in the US/EU by the same company as in Korea. I just hope they won't make the same mistake NCSoft did by making separete corporations with their own staff and such to make their own decisions. Better keep all in one hand (Korean), rent some servers in good US/EU centers and hire a couple of US/EU local GMs & CSRs.

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  • FoobarxFoobarx Poway, CAPosts: 451Member
    Been waiting for this game... and F2P too... 1000% win win win for me.
  • Superman0XSuperman0X San Jose, CAPosts: 1,577Member Uncommon

    While it is true that the more directly involved in publishing the developer is, the faster updates will make it to that version. However, you need to also understand why this is true.

    If the developer is just doing a direct port of the content, with changes made for translation, it is faster, and more cost effective. However, it also means that there is also not any opportunity for feedback from the local community (all changes are driven from the primary publising site, then pushed out to other version). This can be a two edged sword. Just look at ArcheAge. There are a huge amount of issues that are highly contentious in the west (as well as Russia). With different publishers handling these regions, there was the opportunity for changes to be made (for good or bad).

     

    Many of you have seen how this game looks. However not many have seen how it plays. What works in Korea may not work well here.

  • Ragnar1337Ragnar1337 Atlantis, ALPosts: 70Member
    I don't know much about the publisher, but I think this is actually good news. Seeing the mess that is Archeage right now I can't think of any western publishers I'd want to actually publish this. I've been waiting to face palm about this announcement because I was sure it would be some shit company like SoE or something. At least now I can hope this publisher has some sense and is competent. Since this game is supposedly being developed in multiple languages at the same time hopefully we won't have to wait 2 years for a translation like Archeage. I'm cautiously optimistic about this situation. 
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