The medieval fantasy MMORPG Black Desert is heading to PlayStation 4 in 2019, developer Pearl Abyss have confirmed, ending a period of console exclusivity for Xbox One in the process. No final release date has been set, but pre-orders will be going live on 2nd July – it’s a buy-to-play game, as opposed to subscription or free to play. Pre-orders will include early access to the game and some in-game rewards.
The MMORPG Black Desert has had a long trek from its original home on PC to consoles. The journey started with the 2017 announcement of plans for a console release, but that soon turned into an exclusive deal with Xbox at that year’s E3. Eventually the game went into closed beta last autumn before working its way to a full release in March of this year. Now the focus has turned to bringing the game to PlayStation 4, and Pearl Abyss promise that it will feature 4K resolution support on PS4 Pro.
Black Desert is an open world action MMORPG which puts great emphasis on its graphical prowess and skill-based combat. The medieval fantasy pits the two rival nations of the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia against each other, as they battle for control over the Black Stones. These mysterious stones grant power to whoever uses them and are both a valuable resource within the game and a source of some of the game’s mysteries.
At the same time, the game’s mobile version will be going global. Currently available in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, it will be spreading to North America and Europe later this year for both Android and iOS.
Black Desert is out now for PC and Xbox One, where it’s already picked up 20 million registered users. Expanding the range of platforms that it’s available on to include PS4 and mobile around the world will go a long way to enable it to grow further.
Source: press release