Developer PearlAbyss has announced at E3 that their award winning MMORPG Black Desert Online will be hitting the Xbox One X early next year, after becoming a hit on PC. The developers also announced that the game will be coming to the regular Xbox One and Xbox One S, with full support for controllers and updated graphics set to be the main attraction to console players.
PearlAbyss CEO Jung Kyungin spoke about Black Desert Online‘s Xbox version, saying:
“We chose Xbox because of its hardware performance, market penetration, and marketing power. Especially, Microsoft has promised us with full marketing support and has actively engaged with us from the beginning. That is why we believe that Xbox is the best console partner for Black Desert.”
Since its launch in Korea in December 2014, Black Desert has been successfully serviced worldwide in Japan, Russia, North America, Europe and Taiwan. It has purchased by over 1 million players in North America and Europe and was voted as the best MMORPG by Gamescom and MMORPG.com in 2016. Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, also spoke about the game getting its console release, saying:
“We are big fans of Black Desert and are very proud to be partnering closely with PearlAbyss. With the incredibly fun MMORPG’s huge success on PC, we can’t wait to work closely with PearlAbyss to bring the amazing gameplay experience to the Xbox One community, especially as a console launch exclusive.”
Although Black Desert Online was originally developed for PC, the community said it would make a good console game due its outstanding graphics, controls, and full support for gamepads. Due to these aspects, many players constantly requested a console version of the game, as its gameplay and graphics surpass that of many console games, according to the developers. Although an exact release date has not yet been announced, the game is expected to launch on Xbox One sometime in early 2018. You can check out a trailer for the game below.