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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’s Pearl Abyss on feedback, cadence, and avoiding ‘aggressive’ business models

Pearl Abyss’ Dae Il Kim sat for an interview with InvenGlobal earlier this fall that’s just gone live, and while it might be a bit old, it’s packed with juicy quotes of note to Black Desert players.

For starters, Kim says the game’s UI is due for revision, and those reivisions were inspired by – wait for it – the mobile and console versions. That includes the minimap, mind you. And feedback from players? Yeah, he reads it, unfiltered and raw, to ensure that his team gets the “specific emotion” from player complaints.

But Kim does reject Inven’s assertion that the game’s update pace has slowed down, which is certainly the case in the West, where PA’s western publisher has reduced updates from weekly to biweekly.

“The [number] of updates is the same as it was before,” he counters. “I pushed myself to make a system which makes the updating progress much faster and easier.”

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Moonlight Blade will finally hit open beta in Korea in January

Doesn’t it seem as if we’ve been watching Tencent’s wuxia MMO Moonlight Blade for half of forever? Keep watching, but maybe watch a little closer, as Nexon’s South Korean edition of the game is finally launching open beta in the region on January 25th following the closed beta that’s run off and on this fall. According to Steparu, who broke the news for English speakers, the game has undergone intense localization, specifically with Korean-language voiceovers.

Nexon has previously hinted that it’ll bring the game westward with English servers, and though we don’t have details or even confirmation yet, it seems likely that Nexon might turn its gaze toward us once its home region is settled.

What do you guys think – will Moonlight Blade or Bless give Black Desert a run for its money, or is it all about A:IR?

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Massively OP’s Best of 2017 Awards: Most Underrated MMO of 2017

Welcome one and all to Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards series.

Every year, we poll our writers about the best and worst MMOs, stories, studios, and trends and assign awards to the winners (or losers, as the case may be). For the last three years, we’ve been splitting our awards into smaller categories, a format we mean to stick with in 2017 as well. We’ll also continue providing a sampling of our writers’ nominations and rationales from award to award, although this year we debated more to try to reach a consensus before locking in winners, a task at which I think we were pretty successful. And we’ll always include a just-for-fun reader’s poll at the end to see whether you agree with our picks!

Today’s award is for the Most Underrated MMO, which was awarded to Final Fantasy XIV last year. Once again, we’ve opted to include pre-2017 MMOs for many of these awards, including this one, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year.

The Massively OP staff pick for the Most Underrated MMO of 2017 is…

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Ask Mo: Counting the hits and misses of our 2017 predictions

As we do every year, today we’re going to peer back into the depths of last year’s staff predictions for the genre and the games within it to determine just how we fared. After all, what would be the fun of making predictions if we couldn’t have a laugh at how wrong we were a year later? So let’s dig in and find out whether we nailed it or failed it!

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Here’s a quick peek into the two ‘MMOs’ Pearl Abyss is working on

Back in September during Pearl Abyss’ IPO press conference, the South Korean company reps let loose with a ton of information about the state of the studio, including the fact that it’s working on four more MMOs. “Two games are in development [and] aim to be released in the second half of 2018,” CEO Kyung In Jung told investors and reporters at the time. “The other two aim to be released in 2019 and 2021. All of them are in progress to be network-based games with high-quality graphics by using the self-developed engine.”

Now we’ve got a tease about two of those. As MMO Culture reports, one of them is a global mobile MMO – and it’s not Black Desert Mobile, as its setting is apparently quite different. It sounds like an all-ages social game rather than a competitive one, with a goal for meeting other users.

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Roll a Mystic in Black Desert for fun and profit starting today

Fancy yourself a new Mystic toon in Black Desert? You can’t play her just yet, but you can roll one starting today. The MMORPG famous for rolling out character creators ahead of launch has done it again today with its weekly patch. In fact, if you roll yourself a Mystic (thereby claiming your name too!), make sure you submit her to Kakao’s “beauty contest.” The studio will be picking the five best out of the most-downloaded templates from each region to receive prizes including a nifty outfit.

If your account is already overloaded with toons, make sure you make the trek to the cash shop, where you can pick up a new character slot expansion coupon dirt cheap: They’re just 1 loyalty right now (regular slots are 70% off). And even if you don’t care about the contest and have slots to spare, everyone who pre-registers a Mystic with the coupon will also walk away with free loot. There’s no downside here.

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Perfect Ten: The healthiest live MMORPGs at the end of 2017

As Counting Crows told us, it’s been a long December, although the fact that it has also only just started being December speaks to something unpleasant in the makeup of this particular month. But it also means that this is a good time to check in on the overall health of various MMORPGs and see which ones look to be in the healthiest state at the end of the year.

This is, I hasten to point out, not a scientific process; last year I pointed to Marvel Heroes as a not-quite-MMORPG title that was still in a very healthy and robust place, and it later turned out that this was entirely not true and had been built upon a foundation of lies. But we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it in 2018. What are the healthiest games running right now?

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Black Desert lays out roadmap with new toon, region, class swapping, and weapon buffs

Over the weekend during South Korea’s FESTA event, Pearl Abyss slipped out the news that Black Desert is due to get another character: Ran. Turns out that when importing her westward, Kakao is calling her Lahn (not the first time that’s happened), and the studio explained there’s much more coming than what trickled across the oceans a few days back.

For starters, Lahn is indeed on the way; she’s a dual-wielder who carries a “unique crescent scythe” and a short-sword offhander and zips through the air. She’ll be accompanied by a new territory in the game, Dreegan, home to dragons. Bring a group!

But beyond Lahn and Dreegan, Kakao says PA has nearly halved the game’s client size and boosted FPS performance in a streamlining project coming to fruition next week. That includes a major UI makeover and 3-D minimap that shows elevation.

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Black Desert welcomes new toon Ran to the roster

Is there room for another character class at the Black Desert table? Scooch over and make room no matter what you think on this, because Ran is on her way.

Pearl Abyss revealed Ran this past week, an Asian martial arts fighter who uses a sword and a strange weapon with a chain and silk scarf on it. Ran isn’t out yet in Korea, so it might be a little while before she makes the voyage to the west, but odds are good that she will be arriving sooner or later.

Check out her trailer and a weird little Korean TV spot after the break!

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Black Desert: Epheria Frigate and cookies today; Mystic precustomization next week

Black Desert’s Mystic class is finally porting westward in December – on the 13th, to be exact, although Kakao will let you “pre-customize” a new Mystic toon beginning with next week’s update.

“She is especially skilled in high kicks and uses a shoulder charge move to force her way through enemy ranks. Superfast punches will put anyone off-guard, while she is preparing to combo in something more powerful such as her surging punch moves. Her grace and beauty are matched only by her ferocity and strong defense, balancing out her lower level of attack power. She is designed to be efficient for both PvE and PvP play styles with a little bit more weight on the first. Players will be fascinated as they experience her exciting combat moves.”

Those who play with precustomization are getting gifts, too, including a temporary horse flute, a one-day Blessing of Kamasylve, a Gold Bar 100G – and apparently a so-cheap-as-to-be-nearly-free extra character slot for the cost of just one loyalty.

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Black Desert Mobile makes compromises to fit in your hand

When you take such a rich and full-featured MMO sandbox like Black Desert and try to fit it on mobile, it only stands to reason that you are going to have to sacrifice some features to make it work.

Steparu recently took a look at the Korean showcase for Black Desert Mobile, noting that while it had some of the same bells and whistles as its PC counterpart, not everything made the transition.

Players will be exploring the world from an isometric perspective, using tried-and-true mobile techniques like auto-run to facilitate questing. Some of the features that will be present include deep character customization, world bosses, PvP sieges, and life skills.

Black Desert Mobile will come out in Korea in early 2018, followed by a global rollout later that year. Check out the trailer after the break!

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The Stream Team: Sightseeing the second half of Black Desert’s Kamasylvia

The second half of Black Desert Online’s Kamasylvia expansion launched last week, and you know that means Massively OP’s MJ has to explore it! Last time she toured the new region, she had a tour guide’ today, however, she may be left on her own. Rumor has it that the capital city of Grána City is beautiful. Can she make her way there… alive? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a jaunt through the second half of Kamasylvia.

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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