As reported by Massively Overpowered (opens in a new tab)Korean developer Pearl Abyss will end Black Desert Online’s in-game Halloween event early following the crushing deaths of 154 people at a Halloween gathering in Seoul.
CNN (opens in a new tab) reports that Seoul’s Itaewon district was filled with revelers on October 29 for the first Halloween celebration since the end of major Covid-19 restrictions in South Korea. Eyewitnesses described streets packed like crowded subway cars, and South Korean authorities are still investigating what caused the trampling deaths. South Korea entered a week-long mourning period after the tragedy.
Like many live service games, Black Desert Online features an annual in-game Halloween event, with a chance to participate in seasonal activities and earn special items. The 2022 event was originally scheduled for October 26 to November 9. The event will now be removed one week early: this Tuesday, November 2, at BDO’s regular weekly reset.
“In light of this terrible news, we will end the currently ongoing events and promotions related to Halloween during scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, November 2,” The developer wrote in a post to its official website. (opens in a new tab). “We ask for your understanding, and we will provide more information in our maintenance notice (opens in a new tab).”
A fellow South Korean-developed MMO, Lost Ark, appears to be continuing with its Mystics and Mayhem event, but that appears to be more generally fall and harvest-themed than specifically Halloween related, perhaps explaining its continuation.
During the mourning period, non-urgent public events will be postponed, public buildings will fly flags at half-mast, and public officials will wear ribbons commemorating the tragedy. The national morning will last until November 5.