Manhattan Beach, CA – June 20, 2024 – Pearl Abyss, the acclaimed game developer and publisher behind Black Desert, is thrilled to announce an extraordinary in-person Heidel Ball event set to take place in the picturesque village of Beynac-et-Cazenac, France. Scheduled for Saturday, June 22, this event promises to transport attendees into a world of medieval charm and immersive experiences inspired by the beloved game.

Nestled atop the scenic Dordogne River, Beynac-et-Cazenac served as a significant inspiration for Pearl Abyss during the creation of its game, specifically the in-game city of Heidel. Adventurers attending the Heidel Ball will feel as though they are stepping directly into the game as they wander through the village’s historic streets and alleys.

You can get a sense of the atmosphere and real-life to in-game resemblances in this video

The event will feature a variety of engaging activities, including cosplay, community gatherings, and a cocktail party. A highlight of the evening will be a lavish medieval banquet held at the majestic Castle of Beynac, situated at the pinnacle of the village. Here, Pearl Abyss will present a live keynote unveiling major upcoming content updates and offering glimpses into future plans. For those unable to attend in person, the keynote will be broadcast live on Twitch and YouTube at the following times: 07:00 (PDT) | 10:00 (EDT) | 14:00 (UTC) | 16:00 (CEST).

Lybee Park, CEO of Pearl Abyss Europe, expressed her excitement about this milestone event: “We are incredibly excited to host the Heidel Ball in Europe for the first time. Beynac-et-Cazenac, with its rich history and breathtaking scenery, offers the perfect backdrop for celebrating the Heidel Ball. This event not only brings our community together in a unique setting but also pays tribute to the inspiration behind our game.”

In a generous gesture to preserve the heritage of this historic site, Pearl Abyss has donated significant funds to the Castle of Beynac. These funds will aid in the restoration and maintenance of this beautiful landmark, ensuring it continues to captivate visitors for years to come.

The Heidel Ball has garnered significant interest, with over 100 community members from 15 countries attending and more than 20 national and international media outlets confirmed to cover the event. This widespread coverage will share the magic of Beynac-et-Cazenac and the exciting announcements from Pearl Abyss with a global audience.

For more information, please check the Black Desert website and stay up to date with the latest info on Facebook, Twitter/X, and YouTube.


The Black Desert IP is Pearl Abyss‘ open-world action MMORPG franchise with cutting-edge visuals and skill-based combat that redefines the genre. With the most developed character customization system of any game currently on the market, players can break out of the norm and make unique characters that truly represent themselves. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed world, and extensive lore will excite both newcomers and veterans of MMO games and action RPGs. Pearl Abyss is currently servicing the Black Desert IP, which has gained 55 million players across the world on PC, mobile, and console.   


Established in 2010, Pearl Abyss is a leading developer in the game industry with its renowned MMORPG franchise Black Desert, which is available on PC, mobile, and console. All of Pearl Abyss’ games are built on the company’s proprietary engine and are renowned for cutting-edge graphics. Pearl Abyss is currently developing Crimson Desert, DokeV, and PLAN 8 using its next-generation game engine and is poised to grow its overseas market. More information about Pearl Abyss is available at: