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Black Desert Online to Relocate North American Servers to Central U.S.

Black Desert Online to Relocate North American Servers to Central U.S.

Black Desert Online has announced that it will relocate its North American servers to the Central U.S. This move, scheduled for May 22, 2024, is intended to improve latency issues for a large segment of its player base. The decision was finalized after a series of tests and a combat playtest with North American players.

Since the game’s launch in North America, the servers have been located on the U.S. West Coast. However, player data indicates that 70% of the server’s logins originate from the central and eastern regions of the U.S. and Canada, leading to higher ping times for those players.

The upcoming relocation to the North Central U.S. is expected to reduce the average ping from 62.44 milliseconds to 44.08 milliseconds. This change is projected to enhance the gameplay experience by providing more stable and consistent latency for players across North America.

The server migration will occur during an extended maintenance period, which will also affect EU servers. Details regarding the exact timing and duration of the maintenance will be communicated in the week’s maintenance notice.

While the relocation is likely to improve the gaming experience for many, the Black Desert team has noted that the impact may vary based on players’ geographical locations. They have committed to monitoring the performance of the central server closely post-relocation to make any necessary adjustments.