You can now ‘date’ some non-player characters in Black Desert

Way back in April, Pearl Abyss rolled out patch notes for the Korean version of Black Desert that included a dating system – dating as in romance options, not carbon or tree-ring dating. And today, that patch has ported westward.

Essentially, the game has a pool of romanceable NPCs throughout the game; your character can try to woo them with gifts. If the NPC accepts your “confession” of love, “you will become their lover and earn a special in-game title with a distinct color” for at least a week. Of course, you’re in competition with other players for these mighty fine NPC catches, so the NPC might break up with you for a sweeter suitor. There are additional titles for going through this process five or 10 times.

Today’s update also puts the finishing touches on Lahn with her last round of extra skills (Enhanced skills this time), plus tweaks the world boss schedule (again), buffed drop rate on Arsha (whose PvP rules have now been altered), removed mount purchasing time restrictions, tweaked the forward guard effect, and buffed the Tamer.

Pearl Abyss is at E3 this year; this morning, we published our interview with the company’s CEO, touching on the Xbox port, PvP, and possible Switch port.

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camelotcrusade

From the headshot roster it looks like that Dominic guy already has a lasso around his neck and he’s none too happy about it. Get ready for a stack of those, pal!

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Adam

Are there gold sellers stomping around in game? I could see the spam.
“Be the mack daddy pimp! Get the most tail!”
*gag*

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Cosmic Cleric

I don’t think I would want to be in a relationship based on throwing money at my girlfriend on a weekly basis.

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Fervor Bliss

In red light districts, you would not call this dating.

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Adam

Guess the game now needs a version of Backpage.

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ghostlight

Sorry, but this just totally weirds me out. What’s next, procreating virtual children in a game???

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Archebius

Somehow it’s cuter in Harvest Moon…

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Jeff Risu Dailey

Crio is my otter. Everyone else stay away.

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Duey Bear

Crio is best boi.

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Alex Hyer

I’ve never seen a more realistic take on relationships in a video game in my life.

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Roger Melly

I just wish you could play a ranged male character that isn’t a caster .

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Toy Clown

Players have dug up information for a male ranger in the files. Everyone’s holding their collective breath waiting to see if that’s the next class release announcement. *Crosses fingers.*

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David Blair

What does that do to your self-esteem when an NPC breaks up with you…

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Vorender

This game is just soooo odd.