Black Desert Online in Russia is no longer published by GameNet, the company that has held the reins for the past three years. Publication will be assumed by Pearl Abyss in CiS nations. However, after negotiations fell through regarding the migration of account databases, it appears that players will have to start from scratch on the newly created Pearl Abyss servers.
During TwitchCon 2018 (October 26th – 28th), Kakao Games and Black Desert Online developers will be showing off the new male Archer class. In addition, fans will be able to try out the class and the new content coming with the Drieghan expansion that is set for launch on November 14th. Lastly, the Black Desert Online Guild 3v3 Tournament Final will be taking place with North American and European teams duking it out for a share of the $10,000 prize pool.
Fans of Black Desert Online who may not yet own a copy of the game will be able to earn a free copy if they can complete the newly-announced 7-Day Trial Challenge. Between today and October 17th, players who reach level 56 and who complete the character’s awakening quest will earn themselves a Starter’s Package of the game that has a $10 value.
The latest Black Desert Online update has been deployed that brings Beerfest into the game. The event will run from now through October 10th. Players will take off on an Imperial Craft Delivery Invoice Quest, craft beer and deliver the brew to Beer Crates where directed. Players will bring home some silver for the effort.
A brief Q&A has been posted on the forums of the Russian version of Black Desert Online that informs players that Pearl Abyss is taking over publication of the game in Russia starting in mid-October. Currently, the game is published by GameNet, but the contract between it and Pearl Abyss has been cancelled effective October 12th.
The Russian version of Black Desert Online hangs in the balance. The official RU BDO forum has a new post from the team that informs players that the contract with Pearl Abyss ends on October 12th and that, while negotiations are still ongoing between GameNet and Pearl Abyss, servers may go offline on that date pending a restart “outside the platform”. At this time there is no word on how the discussions between the two companies is going.