Studio Dunks On Cyberpunk 2077 While Explaining Open-World Game Delay

Studio Dunks On Cyberpunk 2077 While Explaining Open-World Game Delay
Like with Black Desert Online, Crimson Desert features some excellent video game faces. (Screenshot: Pearl Abyss)

If players are going to dunk on Cyberpunk 2077, it was only a matter of time before other game studios did it too. Black Desert Online creator, South Korea’s Pearl Abyss, has announced a delay of their forthcoming open-world game Crimson Desert, throwing shade on CDPR’s disastrous 2020 launch in the process.

Pearl Abyss is making it clear they’ve no intention to allow their game to come out unfinished. The studio (and publisher) is best known for Black Desert Online, which features a truly cool character creation system. Crimson Desert was originally supposed to be a Black Desert prequel, but has since been recalibrated as a standalone title. The game seemed to be originally pitched as “an epic fantasy open world MMORPG”, but the studio now says it’s not an MMO.

Announced in fall 2019, the game was supposed to be out this winter. In July, however, Pearl Abyss announced the game’s delay, explaining that the studio needed more time to add more ideas to the game for a deeper experience. “Therefore, in order to create the best possible experience, all the while ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved in delivering the game, we have decided to delay Crimson Desert’s release,” wrote the studio. “We will provide an updated schedule in the future.”

According to Game Insight, Pearl Abyss’s Chief Financial Officer Suk Woo Cho recently discussed the game’s delay when talking about the studio’s financial report. “Lowering the quality to meet the deadline just like the recent Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t align with Pearl Abyss’s development goals,” said Suk (as translated by tipster Sang). “We are working hard to make Red Crimson with AAA game quality and depth.”

Ouch! While that might be true, it shows how quickly Cyberpunk 2077 has become shorthand for a rushed game that underdelivers and doesn’t live up to its promises. No matter how good the game may get, the whole underwhelming launch debacle will continue to be a punchline or a meme for years to come. We’ll have to wait and see if Crimson Desert can avoid the same fate.


  • The game looks like sort of a jrpg witcher3; unfortunately this company has a record of making their games grinds of doom with many micro-transactions……

  • I recently tried Black Desert online for a game pass quest. Oh boy talk about pot/kettle… the game was choppy as hell, ran like ass and looked worse.

  • I mean… they said the quiet part out loud, but it’s not like it’s a secret or they’re the only ones. It’s seeming a lot like studios are significantly less reluctant to announce delays than they were prior to CP2077 shitting the bed to such outcry.

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!