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Official Site: Black Desert (EN), Black Desert (KR)
Studio: Pearl Abyss/Daum Games
Launch Date: March 3, 2016
Genre: Fantasy Hybrid Sandbox
Business Model: B2P (Cash Shop) in the West (F2P elsewhere)
Platform: PC

Black Desert publisher Kakao declares 550M registered users across all its games

Black Desert publisher and South Korean gaming giant Kakao announced this morning that it’s accumulated “over 550 million registered users across its games portfolio and services,” which includes everything from PC and mobile games to augmented and virtual reality games – over 1100 games in all. The press release stresses the company’s ambition to expand its daily players further and notes again that it will serve as the publisher for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds when it launches in South Korea next month.

This past summer, the corporation announced plans to consolidate its gaming services — its “cash cow” — into a single holding company, which it formally launched yesterday.

You’ll recall that during Pearl Abyss’ IPO conference in September, we learned that Black Desert specifically has brought in over $300M with almost 8M registered players and performs particularly well in the west. The studio also teased plans for four more MMOs.

Source: Press release

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Black Desert adds militias and platoons, starts closed beta signups for Southeast Asia

Black Desert’s November 1st update is sporting a couple of new ways for players to group up and pursue a common goal.

The militia system was designed so that all players, regardless of guild involvement, can partake in the weekly conquest war as an offensive or defensive member. On a smaller scale is the platoon, a temporary group of up to 20 players that are trying to knock out a shared objective.

Even as the patch rolls out, the dev team is scrambling to fix an issue with the recent Halloween event: “We’re working on a solution for the Halloween event that is good for everyone. We ask you not to make tickets at this time.”

Meanwhile, players over in Southeast Asia are being invited into the Black Desert fold for testing. Closed beta signups are currently accepting new applications, but no matter what, everyone can fiddle about with the character creator on the test server to see what they can make.

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Halloween events across the MMORPG verse, 2017 edition

Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!

Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.

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The MOP Up: Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet announced (October 29, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from DauntlessEverQuestTERAOld School RuneScapeSword Art Online: Fatal BulletPath of ExileDestiny 2SurvariumBlade and SoulShot OnlineBlack Desert, and Elite: Dangerous, all waiting for you after the break!

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Black Desert ramps up Halloween, brings back black stone event, and deals with downtime

Over in Black Desert, there’s a red moon rising, and that’s just how the players like it. Halloween is ramping up in intensity thanks to this week’s update, as Isabella the Black Witch increases her appearances around the world. It’s almost as if she knows that her time here is limited…

The October 25th patch is also an apology of sorts for the previously botched black stone event. Since the drop rate on that wasn’t quite what the devs expected, they are bringing the (fixed) event back for another run from now through November 8th.

Indeed, additional server issues seemingly introduced by the patch caused server outages and crashes yesterday; expect more downtime today as it’s worked out.

Other changes of notes with the patch include class balancing tweaks, a smaller game installation size, a fix for challenge rewards, two new level 60ish challenges, and a chat link function.

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One Shots: Street legal

“Looks like it’s that time of year again!” says Ryuen.

And so it is. The Halloween season has come upon us and it is inescapable. You can try to hide in a cave or bury yourself in a mountain of theorycrafting, but before you know it, you’ll be trick or treating in MMORPGs with the rest of us.

And I say, why fight it when you can ride it? Sure, wearing a pumpkin on your head and driving a bike powered by 85% gasoline and 15% souls of the damned might not be street legal, but trust me, no cop is going to stop you. Just ask Ryuen… if you can catch up to him in Secret World Legends.

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The Stream Team: A Black Desert Halloween

Halloween is all about the treats, and Black Desert’s event promises lots of treats! Massively OP’s MJ is going to take on the daily challenges with her Valkyrie to net herself some holiday-themed coin, candy basket, and cookie rewards. She also wants to wander about and take in the spooky decorations. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for more Halloween celebrating in…

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 20th, 2017

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Massively Overthinking: Is open-world housing really a ‘failed’ MMORPG experiment?

Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti has a provocative article on his personal gaming blog, Bio Break, this week on MMORPG housing.

“I once again wonder why open world housing is this holy grail that some players and developers seem hellbent on chasing,” he writes. “It’s an ideal, a beautiful mirage couched in the notion of players inhabiting the very world they play, allowing them to stroll through neighborhoods of fellow adventurer’s homes and basking in the connectivity of it all. Yet it’s a failed experiment, one that is proven time and again to have far more drawbacks than benefits.” After listing off his complaints with the mechanic, he ultimately concludes that “we simply don’t need fixed open world housing, even in sandboxes.”

But being Justin, he also asked for feedback on why the joys are worth the drawbacks – and how to fix the system so it works instead of running off the rails. That’s just what we’ll do in this week’s Overthinking. Is he right about not needing this type of housing? And if not, how would you fix open world housing?

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Black Desert’s Wonderland-themed Halloween is live with fresh dailies

Halloween is live in Black Desert today, with a main event partly inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“As the blood moon rises above the Black Desert world, mysterious interdimensional portals allow Isabella the Black Witch to haunt the lands. This multi-staged world boss lurks near Costa Farm and players who are skillful enough to beat her are in for fantastic rewards. The Isabella encounter will be available from October 18 up until November 1 and can be accessed by speaking to the White Witch, Gueldia, who has followed Isabella through the portal and resides at Alejandro Farm.”

There’s more, of course! Beginning tomorrow, Kakao will unroll two weeks of daily events. “After successfully completing various challenges, adventurers can earn Halloween-themed rewards such as coins, candy baskets, and cookies,” explains the studio. “The candy baskets and cookies can be combined into Halloween gift boxes and coins can be exchanged at the White Witch NPC Gueldia for Cron Stone, Sharp Black Crystal Shard, Advice of Valks, or a Fine Accessory Box.”

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One Shots: Sea horsing around

When it comes to unusual ways for Massively OP readers to get around in MMORPGs, there seems to be no shortage of bizarre methods for getting from Point A to Point B. So why not an ocean creature that is known more for hanging about than keeping a dedicated commuter schedule?

“I really loved the free seahorse mount World of Warcraft gave my character when I started adventuring through the Vashj’ir undersea zone,” Mysecretid said. “You can’t use the seahorse mount anywhere but Vashj’ir, but it sure looks nice. Even the ornate bit and bridle design impressed me.”

I have to wonder if, when mounted, your character is thinking, “You know, this is just too ridiculous, even for this game. I really should say something to management.”

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Black Desert’s Wonderland-themed Halloween arrives next week

Halloween is coming to Black Desert next week! Some of the new additions are clearly inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, since multiple “queens” play a role.

“Starting next week, the skies of Black Desert Online will be illuminated with an eerie blood red moon and jack-o’-lanterns will light the misty town streets. The Halloween event begins as adventurers encounter the White Witch who asks them to defeat the Black Witch. Players gain special items from this daily-quest just for this special occasion. Central hubs like Velia, Heidel, Valencia and Calpheon will receive a festive Halloween makeover that oozes the spooky atmosphere. New this year is the Alice in Wonderland theme that welcomes props like the Mad Hatter’s famed tea party furnitures.”

Kakao is promising new themey cosmetics, minipets, and masks. Oh, and cosmetics for your horse too: the Skeletal Horse Set. It’s the digital equivalent of a puppy in a hot dog costume. Poor horsie. Vid’s below to tide you over until next Wednesday!

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The MOP Up: Black Desert’s Taiwan meet-and-greet (October 8, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from HellionHand of the GodsWakfuHyper UniverseDark Age of CamelotBlack DesertDragon ProjectStardew Valley, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Perfect Ten: The 10 live MMORPGs everybody should try

If you have ever visited the MMORPG subreddit, you probably know that one of the most frequent posts that pop up are ones asking the community for recommendations. These are players who have left a full-time game and are now fishing around for a substitute, or those who have “played them all” and are hoping that some undiscovered gem exists, or are having a difficult time finding a good game match for their preferred playstyle.

I am often leery about tossing out blanket recommendations because it’s far better to get to know a player, his or her game history, and the type of game sought before giving my opinion. But if you were to put a fish cannon to my head and threatened me with rapid-codding, I think I would be generally OK promoting the following 10 MMORPGs to most players, sight unseen.

These are MMOs that have earned my personal recommendation and are the titles that I tend to promote the most. Here we go!

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