When you think of high-end graphics, names like Epic, DICE, and CryEngine come to mind. But as technology continues to spread around the world, more and more game studios from various global technology hubs are beginning to struggle with advances in video game visuals.

One such company is Pearl Abyss, a Korean video game company primarily known for MMORPG Black Desert Online. Recently, the studio has caught our attention with a spectacular presentation of Doke V built using a unique engine that Pearl Abyss is developing for the future of the studio.

IGN was able to talk to Kwaghyeon Go, Head of Game Engines and Lead Engine Programmer at Pearl Abyss. For this new engine, the name IGN can reveal is called “BlackSpace Engine”.

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The biggest game of Pearl Abyss is now MMORPG Black Desert Online, developed by Pearl Abyss using its previous proprietary engine. But new projects require new technology.

“When I devised a new project after Black Desert, I felt the need for a new engine with the latest technology to further improve quality and performance. I also needed to be able to cover multiple projects.” Says Go.

Pearl Abyss’ new next-generation engine, the Blackspace Engine, currently in use for future project development, including the Crimson Desert, PLAN 8, and Doke V, an open-world adventure where you can take part in adventures with monsters based on Korean folklore. Please join us.

“With our own engine, we can build an efficient development process and be proactive in responding to changes in different platforms.”


For example, check out DokeV’s GamesCom trailer, which has already been played over 7 million times. The trailer soaked in K-Pop is filled with highly detailed environments, stunning particle effects, and rich textures, and most of the comments are dedicated to discussing Doke V’s visuals.

“It’s our belief that great graphics and attention to detail determine the core quality of the game,” says Go. “After all, it’s these details that help create such an immersive experience.”

According to Go, the next-generation engine “can express the visual depth in more detail and extend the drawing distance.” In addition, “Improvement of atmospheric scattering and global illumination technology provides more accurate lighting that takes into account the passage of time and changes in space.”

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Pearl Abyss also boasts advanced motion capture and 3D scanning studios, and the company plans to open its own art studio in 2022.

According to Go, “Pearl Abyss Art Center is the largest art studio in the Korean gaming industry, with state-of-the-art equipment for gaming technology and design research.” Also, wire action sequences, bulky objects. It also boasts a new motion capture studio of about 11,000 square feet designed to shoot animals.

In addition to PC, Doke V has been announced for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S. As Korean game developers focus primarily on PC and mobile, IGN asked if DokeV is part of a new strategy targeting the global console market.

Go, on the other hand, quoted Black Desert as a console that was released in 2019 and helped address the large overseas console market. According to Go, Pearl Abyss is one of the first Korean companies to aggressively pursue a “challenge console market.”

Despite the competition, Pearl Abyss aims to expand its console offering by supporting cross-platform cross-play and next-generation console versions of the game.

Regarding the decision that Pearl Abyss will develop its own engine instead of licensing the engine from another company, Mr. Go said that by developing the engine using the company’s “advanced technology”, “core game” Internalize the development technology “. He added that Pearl Abyss is trying to solve the long-term risks associated with relying on external development platforms.

“With our own engine, we can build an efficient development process and be proactive in responding to changes on different platforms,” says Go.

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In addition to developing engines capable of high-end graphics, BlackSpace Engine has other features to help develop open world games, according to Go. “With the Pearl Abyss engine, we can automate, procedurally generate, and customize many aspects,” says Go. In addition to realistic audio representation and a smooth transition between cutscenes and gameplay, Go offers a more immersive experience. “The biggest advantage of an in-house engine is that you can quickly add features and change them as needed. The direction we want.”

“It is our belief that great graphics and attention to detail determine the core quality of the game.”


Currently, there are no plans to license the BlackSpace engine to Epic or Unity partner developers, but Go says it will use Pearl Abyss’ next-generation engine to create a “real-life” virtual space. The latest technology to create a more realistic metaverse. ”As a result, Pearl Abyss is considering the possibility of using the engine“ in different areas ”.

As games like DokeV continue to impress the world with their visuals, Go says Pearl Abyss will continue to focus on games like Black Desert while pursuing high-quality graphics and attention to detail. .. graphic. “

Matt TM Kim is a news editor at IGN.You can reach him @lawoftd..