Goha.ru (a Black Desert fan site) recently scored an interview with PearlAbyss. In the interview PearlAbyss discussed the russian localization efforts for Black Desert. Although the Russian publisher has already been chosen, PearlAbyss did not share the name due to internal reasons.
According to mmorpg.com, among other things they discussed:
Q: Did you choose the company that will publish Black Desert on the Russian market?
A: Yes, we have chosen the Russian publisher, but at the moment we can’t disclose the name of the company due to several internal reasons. Nevertheless, Black Desert will be published in Russia soon, much earlier than in North America or EU. We hope that our Russian partner will make the announcement soon.
Q: What qualities you took in consideration when choosing the Russian partner?
A: The most important factor for us was the publisher’s experience on the Russian MMO market, and how well is he familiar with the Russian users. Concidering these factors, we are fully satisfied with our choice.
Q: Did you already decide on a monetization system for Russia? Will it be different from the Korean version?
A: Regarding the monetization system we studied several aspects together. We still have to discuss the details with our Russian publisher so everything will depend on the outcome of these discussions. Perhaps the monetization system will be different.
Q: Does the Korean side intend to control the quality and localization services provided by the Russian publisher?
A: Every localization responsibility rests on the publisher. Pearl Abyss will do everything that is possible to support the publisher in order to create the highest quality Black Desert localization for the Russian players.
Q: How often will you update the Russian version with the latest Korean patches?
A: We got a lot of feedback from Russian players and we already know about their desires and interests for Black Desert. So, we will do our best to update the Russian version as soon as possible after adding some updates to the Korean version. For this we plan to work closely with our partner.
As you can tell from the answers, there’s a good chance that the Russian localization will have a different monetization system.
What is shocking though, is that there’s a good chance that the Russian version of the game will be published before the EU or US versions.