Black Desert sells over 127,000 copies on Steam, adds three new servers with today’s patch

The first MMO hit of the summer is already upon us, as Black Desert’s debut on Steam has paid off in dividends. Thanks to the high-profile release and a 40% off sale, the fantasy title has moved over 127,000 copies to interested players.

It’s not just people purchasing the game but playing it as well. Steam charts note that there’s been high interest in Black Desert ever since it came to the platform, and the existing community said that it has seen an increase in the game’s population. BDO’s all-time record concurrency on Steam so far is 18,894. For comparison’s sake, H1Z1 peaked at 137K and Ark: Survival Evolved reached a little over 100K.

In its patch notes for today’s update, Kakao told players it has added an additional trio of servers. It’s a fairly modest patch by BDO standards, but it does introduce a nifty new travel event.

We reported yesterday that Black Desert developer Pearl Abyss is getting ready to issue an IPO in Korea.

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HNN

Seems like BDO really click with the western market compare to other mmos and it’s doing better here than in kr lol

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Benjamin Northrup

This is misinformation. they didn’t add more servers, they took servers away from those of us that have been throwing money at the game, and added more steam only servers.

cures80
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cures80

which was clearly pointed out as bug in the patch notes. they’ll be back soon. who is spreading misinformation now?

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MKlwr

That was an update to the patch notes, though. Not part of the original ones.

I’m happy they are coming back, though.

OTOH, how do you lose three channels like that??

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Ashfyn Ninegold

At $6? Yeah, even I bought it and I’m neither a fan of Asian grinders or PvP and I’ve already played enough during their free play to know it’s a grind fest. But heck, it’s a bargain at $6, so why not?

Estranged
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Estranged

I find it incredible that some games just don’t exist unless playable or purchasable via Steam. Feel like the lone wolf whom rarely uses the program.

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thirtymil

The only games I have on Steam at the moment are the ones I can’t launch elsewhere. I find Steam slow to load compared to most other launchers and I don’t use any of its other functionality any more (used to use it for voice comms until we moved to Discord) and so for me it’s a bit of a clunky old millstone that I try to avoid. That interface really needs some work, too :)

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Estranged

Thirty – yeah, the interface is a mess. Looks like a flea market.

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rafael12104

Anyway you look at it, BDO is kicking butt. They already had an established base which btw, was on the rise again after a bit self created controversy. What those numbers are, I don’t know. but what we can track are steam stats.

127k copies on steam is nothing to sneeze at. And the concurrent login are hovering around 15k on average at any time. That’s Steam only numbers.

Not bad. I expect the numbers to go up, and I think BDO added some longevity by going to Steam.

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Don Nascimento

$9.99 crap is still crap.

Zander
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Zander

Says the guy who never played BDO? If you have played, please explain what you don’t like about it.

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Don Nascimento

Why do you need me to explain why I think its crap? You enjoy it, good for you. That is all that matters.

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MKlwr

When they say “added a trio of servers” they mean “converted the Valencia 4-6 servers into Olvia servers”

I feel bad for folks that had those as their home channels…

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cures80

is no one reading patchnotes anymore? its a bug.

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MKlwr

I did read the patch notes as soon as they came out. I did not go back on an hourly basis to see if there were any updates. I will do better in the future.

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Koshelkin

What does a home channel really mean, though? It were bad home channels in any case because the IHA used those 3 as starting servers for boss raids.

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MKlwr

For me, a home channel is the one I spend 99% of my time in. I know people from other guilds that hang out there too and I know who to watch out for and which areas to avoid.
I really only switch channels when I’m horse racing.

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Xijit

should we start making bets on how long before these servers become barren and get merged once this influx of steam players goes back to TF2??

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MeltWithYou

I actually can’t wait for this for 2 reasons

for the last 2-3 months, you can’t log on during prime time with out every server being crowded or completely full. AFK for 2 minutes to take a leak and grab a beer and you’ll be DC’d, then again, you’ll probably be dc’d regardless at some point.

and the auction house – my sales in the auction house have tanked because of the mass amount of people selling stuff. In most games this is a great thing, but BDO’s auction house, you can’t pick/choose what you buy at what price, you can only buy whatever is the cheapest being sold which is great for the consumer…but the seller, you list something, it gets buried in milliseconds

Other than that, its pretty cool to see so much going on in game

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Droniac

BDO being a fairly recent MMO that’s sold at a ridiculously low price probably helps boost those sales and player figures.

I don’t think the comparison to H1Z1 and ARK makes any sense. Those are Steam-exclusive survival FPS games, whereas this is a non-exclusive action MMORPG. It’d make much more sense to compare it to TERA, which sits at an all-time concurrency record of 25k. Most other MMOs (RIFT, LotRO, Neverwinter, STO) on Steam rate at less than half that number, so BDO’s doing exceptionally well for a game of its genre on Steam.

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Sally Bowls

BDO is doing well, on and off steam. But I am not sure of much value in comparing older MMOs steam usage with BDOs; I don’t think their steam usage provides much insight into the game usage for say LotRO or Rift.

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Droniac

True enough. The fairer comparison is likely with TESO (29k), TERA (25k), Riders of Icarus (16k), FFXIV (12k) and Skyforge (4k). All relatively recent additions to Steam and (aside from TERA) recent-ish MMOs. BDO would rank 3rd in that list right now, when it comes to max concurrent user count. It’d come in first place in terms of current concurrent user counts of course, but that’s hardly surprising.

The comparison with LotRO, STO, Rift and Neverwinter still makes a lot more sense than the comparison with H1Z1 and Ark. That’s taking a non-exclusive game in one of the least popular genres on Steam (MMOs) and comparing it to two of the most successful exclusives in the single most popular genre on Steam (survival FPS). And the argument you raise for excluding LotRO and RIFT is equally applicable to BDO itself: the overwhelming majority of its current player-base doesn’t use Steam to play the game.

Still, here’s just how ridiculous the survival FPS comparison is, based on SteamSpy numbers:

ARK has sold 4.8m units.
H1Z1 has sold 2.7m and 5.6m units respectively.
The Elder Scrolls Online has sold 1.1m units.
FFXIV has sold 610k units.
TESO and FFXIV are the #1 and #2 most successful non-f2p MMOs on Steam.

As such it’s safe to say that BDO has no hope of ever selling anywhere near as many units as ARK or H1Z1 through Steam and that any comparison with those games through Steam statistics is never going to be representative in any way.

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Zander

Gratz to BDO. I’m not a life skills player, the gear dependant PvP mechanic throws skill based playing out the window so I’m not sure what I should be doing in BDO.

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Koshelkin

Farming PvE for gear?

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Zander

Farming PvE for gear?

The reason you farm gear is for PvP. I’m in PRI armor and weapons at max durability. There aren’t many bosses or npc’s I can’t easily dispose of. If I don’t PvP, what else is there to do?

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HNN

What? Unless your AP and dp is like 200+ a lot of those desert mobs will kill you fast

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Koshelkin

Well, not much besides farming towards Tri/Tet/Pen; and I doubt you can farm Pila Ku or Hystria/Aakman.

Anyway, if the game wouldn’t have node/siege wars or the upcoming 3v3 arena I probably wouldn’t play it either.

I wish the game had something to offer in terms of PvE group content, like Tri/Tet scaled dungeons/raids. In the end farming a dungeon is not much different to just farm a grindspot in BDO but the group content in PvE is sorely missing, imo.

Main reasons for to stay in BDO are the fantastic combat system and that the game manages to keep me occupied. I can’t farm my high-end gear in ~2 weeks(exaggerated) like in other games but I have to work for it, something I enjoy. It feels special that way. First time Tri, Tet, boss armor etc. it means so much more than getting your high tier raid piece in SWTOR/FFXIV/ESO.

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Tandor

Does this game work effectively for non-PvPers and soloers, or is it very much an open world PvP title with additional PvP events based around groups and guilds? Are there multiple servers with different rulesets?

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cures80

its the solo friendliest mmo on the market imo.

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HNN

I personally don’t PvP at all, I’m not a pvper and I find lots of things to do even though I don’t life skill too lol.

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MKlwr

As Melissa has said, it’s not a big deal if you don’t want to PvP. I don’t PvP at all, and I’m only occasionally attacked at grind spots. Most players will stay out of each other’s way unless you are at a popular place like Sausans or Pirates.
There are some people that will kill afk players if they are fishing or afk-riding outside of safe zones, but it’s relatively rare if you avoid the obvious spots to do so.
The best strategy when it happens is just shrug it off and go about your way.

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Melissa McDonald

as the resident Queen Carebear (first of her name) I can tell you that the game is very enjoyable and you can completely avoid PvP until high level. I like it a lot, and it’s the best-looking MMO yet made. It’s very much worth giving a try.

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MeltWithYou

Just adding for people who don’t know – ‘high level’ meaning, level 50 and above open world pvp is turned on for everybody. Towns are basically ‘safe zones’ anything outside is pretty much fair game.

Honestly, the PVP in this game is not completely unlike EVE in a way, you roll into hot territory the odds are, there’ll be people looking for that lone duck, but EVE is way way worse. You’ll get ganked from time to time running from point A to point B, you then have the option to respawn at either the nearest node or the nearest town. Whatever the case maybe, unless you want to respawn at your corpse the chances of getting spawn camped are slim to none.

Really the only time another player will lay down the pain is when you roll up on a contested grind spot (theres a couple, mostly high high level), if you see people there you can ask to team up and join their group (which they’ll typically bring you in because power in numbers) or you can do your own thing, anything goes at that point.

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Thomas Zervogiannis

It is completely unlike EVE in two ways:
– You lose almost nothing by dying in PVP
– There is little motivation to PK apart from spot contesting/griefing

Especially the first point makes a world of difference and is the reason why even purely PvE gamers can enjoy it to a large extent, as long as they are not annoyed by its other (objective and subjective) cons and quirks.

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Zander

You must like to grind. Leveling isn’t just killing mobs/npc’s. Every aspect of the game has time intensive skill mechanics that allow you to get more proficient and in turn, aquire abilities and opportunity. You can play effectively as a non-PvP focus if you like grinding out life skills. The combat is very satisfying, if not the best any MMO has to offer. There are however, some but not many tasks that will require friends or guild mates. All the servers are the same. There is an RP community but the server they reside is still PvP focused as it is primarily a PvP game. You are safe until you hit level cap, level 50. Then you are open to be engage in PvP. There are pretty stiff penalties for an unprovoked attack so it’s not really a worry overall. The world is huge and stunning. Best graphics an MMORPG has to offer to this day. No subscription so if your not feeling it at some point, you can always come back to it.

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Luis Gomes

There is no level cap, level 50 is when you unlock the ability of do open world PVP (flag for PVP) the level is soft caped, there are players at level 61 and some if not 62 they are almost there.

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Schmidt.Capela

Not everyone is able to purchase it from Steam. When I try to get to its Steam page I get a notice saying the game is not available here, and to the best of my knowledge that is true of the whole South America.

Instead people around here have to purchase it from a relatively small distributor that hasn’t even bothered to translate most of its website and charge prices in dollars instead of the local currencies.

Gosh, I hate those exclusivity deals.

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Colin Goodwin

SA is not a covered Region by Kakao, meaning their publishing license does not extend to SA. Meaning there is no live BDO SA, yet. There is another version coming (might be currently in testing phases? idk haven’t kept up with it all that much) that will be published by a completely different company. The version currently in Steam is the NA/EU version.

Zander
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Zander

Which brings up a good topic. Does your country prohibit foreign companies from allowing this kind of distribution? I would assume that Steam would love to sell the game to you. This could be a region lock issue where the developer has no publisher the manage the game for SA. Can you purchase other Steam products? Archeage had a good size Brazilian population. I wonder how it differs.

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Armsbend

It’s $6! Of course it sold well.

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Castagere Shaikura

More suckers for the cash shop prices too. That’s why they sold it at 6 bucks.

Zander
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Zander

Many of them throw away accounts..

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Melissa McDonald

Congratulations! It’s a good MMO. One of the best to come out in last couple of years. I have to say, this game really eased my heartbreak over EQN folding.

“Having you here has not been easy for me. I am not the thinker Kicking Bird is. I feel anger first. But now I know, he (EQN) left, because you (BDO) were coming.” – paraphrase from “Dances With Wolves”

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