Black Desert Online is without a doubt the prettiest MMORPG on the market nowadays, but today publisher Kakao Games issued a press release announcing that Black Desert Online developer Pearl Abyss will partner with the Japanese middleware provider and game developer Silicon Studio. The two companies signed a MAU (Memorandum of Understanding); and “will be working together on graphic technology research and engine development, leaving Black Desert Online to benefit from resulting advancements and breakthroughs.”
Pearl Abyss CEO Kyoungin Jung accompanied the announcement with a comment, promising a boost to the game’s graphics:
“Black Desert Online already boasts outstanding graphics, but with the cooperation of Silicon Studio, we will be able to elevate the game’s visuals to an even greater degree of fidelity.”
Silicon Studio Lead Software Engineer Masaki Kawase also added his own point of view:
“Pearl Abyss is a very competent company. With their help, we will be able to bring out the full potential of YEBIS and help foster a new generation of technology development”
Yebis, is an advanced post-processing middleware for optical effects, and it’s widely considered one of the best in the world, having been used for games like Bloodborne, Dark Souls III, Assetto Corsa and more. Silicon Studio is well known among the game development community for its engines like the new Mizuchi.
They also developed quite a few games of their own, including Bravely Default and Bravely Second, and they’re currently collaborating with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi on a new game.