DokeV captured the imagination with its demo during Gamescom 2021 earlier today, but some fans noticed that the South Korean title has been shown before. An older trailer which debuted in 2019 described the title as an MMO, and that’s left core gamers antsy – there’s almost always a resistance to online multiplayer experiences among enthusiasts, after all.
Not to worry: developer Pearl Abyss insists that the project has evolved since its last showing, and is very much an open world action adventure these days. “DokeV was initially introduced as an MMO, but we decided to move the game in a different direction and it's now a creature collecting open world action adventure,” a spokesperson said. “But regardless of genre, we're going for fun, vibrant, and adventurous!”
The real concern here is that the title will never actually release: the very same developer showcased Crimson Desert during The Game Awards last year, and that’s been delayed indefinitely since. Clearly this has captured the imagination – it looks like the true next-gen Pokémon that Nintendo’s never made – but just how much of the debut trailer is real remains to be seen.