Black Desert Mobile Details: Auto-Battle, Exclusive Features, Non-P2W, and More
In an interview with South Korean media Gamemeca, Jeehyun Hwang, director at Pearl Abyss, said no mobile MMORPG actually succeeded in the western market before, and he hoped Black Desert Mobile would be the first one. He confirmed that auto-battle will be in BDO Mobile "because of the nature of mobile gaming", but players can choose between auto fighting and the authentic action non-targeting combat.
Black Desert Mobile is about bringing everything from the PC to mobile
Jeehyun Hwang stressed that you can play all BDO content in the mobile version. This statement may be needed some further explanations and confirmation because it'd be a huge amount of work to bring literally everything to mobile. He also confirmed there will be mobile exclusive content such as the Private Manor feature shown in the announcement trailer. There will be more to be revealed later.
Related: How Black Desert Mobile Is Different to the PC Version
He said the PC version not only delivers the non-targeting combat, extensive customization, and life content, but also focuses on competitive experience, and so the mobile version will offer mobile gamers a different feeling. However, he continued, the mobile version won't be pay-to-win. Players won't be able to become more powerful by spending money, he said.
The game is developed for global market from the ground up
Jeehyun Hwang said "Black Desert Mobile was meant to aim at global market rather than specific regions when the game was in the planning stage. In other words, it doesn't require a lot of time to localize the game so the game can be released in various regions simultaneously. That's the strength of Black Desert Mobile". He further explained for there's no NA version or EU version for Black Desert Mobile and console version, and there's only a Global version.
Now Pearl Abyss really focuses a lot in the oversea market, for 75% of its revenue in 2016 was from international market, specifically NA and EU. At the end, he confirmed Black Desert Online will be coming to Southeast Asian and Turkey by the end of 2017.