Is Crimson Desert cancelled?

Pearl Abyss announced that Crimson Desert has been delayed, as they “need to dedicate more time to adding new ideas for an even deeper, more enriching game.”

Adding on to the long list of delays this season is Pearl Abyss’ Crimson Desert. The developer took to Twitter on Thursday, 29 July 2021, to announce that the open world title has been delayed indefinitely. The statement read, “We are currently hard at work developing Crimson Desert which is rapidly evolving with new adventures and exciting experiences. However, we have decided that we need to dedicate more time to adding new ideas for an even deeper, more enriching game.”

The statement continued, “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. We will provide an updated schedule in the future.”

The Twitter statement further revealed that the developers received a lot of support from the community, and that the support has been a huge source of encouragement to the team. Pearl Abyss also thanked fans, stating, “We would like to thank you for the amazing support and enthusiasm.” This follows the support fans have shown since the game was revealed during The Game Awards in 2020.

The Twitter post has since been flooded with comments, where some expressed their disappointment while others agreed with the delay. One fan wrote, “Well another game delayed. But I am okay with this, because if they can deliver an amazing experience at launch then it will be worth it.” Another fan stated, “Please take as much time as you need to get the best out of the game. A delay is better than a too early release. I look forward to finding out more about the game later. I wish you good luck, and stay healthy.”

Crimson Deserts serves as a prequel to Black Desert. Even though Black Desert is a massively multiplayer online game (MMO), the prequel is a single-player title that is focused on a band of mercenaries in Pywel. The player is in control of Macduff, who is haunted by his past and must lead his band to success. Crimson Desert’s combat seems to be based on Black Desert’s responsive hack and clash gameplay; however, it is more grounded and visceral.

The statement concluded, “Thank you for your ongoing support. We wish you and your loved ones the best of health, and we will keep working hard so that we can meet all of you soon in Pywel.”