Catching up with the Black Desert developer Pearl Abyss at ChinaJoy 2017, MMO Culture wrung out of the team a short but informative interview about the future of the fantasy sandbox.
The team said that posted pictures of the male Ranger doesn’t mean that one is on the horizon; there is no playable version of the class as of yet. However, there is a new server on the way for Southeast Asia, with a closed beta test coming before the end of the year. We should also be seeing a trailer for the promised mobile version of Black Desert sometime this September.
Interesting news all around, and coupled with the new awakening system, it should give an injection of public interest in the title.
Goodies from this week’s ChinaJoy are already trickling back to us. Notably, Snail Games has posted a new trailer and screenshots for ARK Park, its VR-based ARK: Survival Evolved spinoff.
“The new trailer revealed a first look of the tower defense combat system in ARK Park,” Snail relates. “After players collect enough resources, unlock engrams and forge their weapons, they can head out to defend the attacks of raging dinosaurs. Players enter the world, first arriving at the Space Station, where they will customize their avatar and choose between single and multi-player experiences. They’ll participate in a multiplayer tour, so they can share the visceral gameplay and the thrill of witnessing dinosaurs up-close and personal.”
The PR reiterates that the game is still coming by the end of the year on the Vive, Rift, and PSVR.
Western players are getting a chunky 1GB patch in Black Desert
today as Kakao
rolls out structured PvP hosting in the form of Arena of Arsha
“Arena of Arsha has been added. It’s a unique battle arena where YOU become the host of your battles. Arena of Arsha is unavailable in the following servers: All Olvia Servers, Velia 1, Balenos 1, Serendia 1, Calpheon 1, Mediah 1, Valencia 1, Valencia 3).”
Guild voice chat as well as a new Cron Fragment event are also live today; gatherers, hunters, and fishermen will pick up the fragments for turnins through August 23rd.
The real excitement in Black Desert right now, however, is what’s going on in Korea and will eventually wind up here. Here’s a look at the Mystic launching there today (we’ll get her later this year):
Time and again, we here at Massively OP have noted how RuneScape seems to be incredibly underestimated by the larger MMO community. For how popular it is, it never seems to get the respect and attention from the core MMORPG community that its online contemporaries do.
That is, until you head over to Twitch. According to the June viewing charts over on NewZoo, the fantasy MMORPG drew in an astounding 6.7 million hours of viewership over that month alone. This is enough to put it in 11th place, well ahead of titles like Destiny, Minecraft, Black Desert, and H1Z1: King of the Kill. It’s RuneScape’s world — we only watch it from afar.
The top 10 of the viewership chart is filled with the usual suspects, including much of Blizzard’s roster (World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and Heroes of the Storm) and the dominant MOBAs of our time (League of Legends and Dota 2).
As it has always gone with Black Desert
, there’s another new class coming to the game dubbed the Mystic, meant to function as the female equivalent of the male-only Striker class. (This is apparently easier than just making one class open to both genders.) There’s a full gallery of screenshots and a teaser trailer down below; the Mystic herself is supposed to be an orphaned girl from Calpheon who was taken in and trained in the Far East, only to journey back when her male sparring partner (i.e., the Striker) headed back.
You can also check out character creation screenshots and video courtesy of Dulfy. The video is just below and shows off the options available, from character build (very skinny to “slightly thicker Michelle Rodriguez”), muscles (waifish girl to a waifish girl with the hint of abs covered in enough baby oil to slide on sandpaper), and hair (high ponytails and cute pixie cuts rule the day). Between that and the class trailer/screenshots down below, it might be hard to wait for your punch-happy lady character, but at least you’ll know how you want her to look.
Today’s Black Desert patch is almost a gig large, but don’t expect a massive game revamp today. Probably the biggest change is tweaks to the guild welfare fund:
“The distribution method of Guild Welfare Fund has been slightly changed. Guilds can receive the weekly welfare fund only by claiming from the Guild (G) window if 10 or more guild members are online. The fund will be ready to be claimed on Sunday 24:00 UTC. Only the guild master can see the button to claim the welfare fund. Funds can be collected once a week and at least 10 members must be online at the time of collection. Guild Officers cannot claim the welfare fund.”
Meanwhile, the Terrmian Waterpark event continues — you can check out our stream of the festivities down below! Most recently in the game, we’ve been following the Chinese launch plans, exploiter bans, and Kakao’s plans to bring the newly unveiled Mystic (the female Striker) westward later this year.
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You might be surprised to know that Black Desert
hasn’t actually launched in China yet, given its status in South Korea and its popularity here in the west, but it’s true — just not for much longer. As we reported earlier this month, Pearl Abyss tapped Snail Games
for the rollout in China, and the studios are gearing up now with a new trailer ahead of ChinaJoy 2017, where the game will debut a Chinese demo, though one without China-specific specialty content.
There’s a lot riding on the Chinese launch; Pearl Abyss is preparing an IPO push this fall with the Chinese launch and mobile and console ports waiting in the wings. Here in the west, we’re currently anticipating the Mystic class and Kamasylvia.
Check out the Chinese trailer via MMO Culture down below.
Last week, Black Desert’s Reddit erupted with claims that a popular streamer, who been previously banned and unbanned in a spring crackdown, had unwittingly streamed proof that he was still exploiting, causing other players to cry foul. At the tail end of last week, Kakao finally addressed this issue.
“During an investigation into reports of a potential exploit last April, our team determined that it was, in fact, possible for users to send multiple workers to a single node,” Community Coordinator Yukimura explains. “Shortly after, a patch was applied to resolve this bug. However, due to an oversight in the applied patch, some elements of the bug were not fully removed. One such example was the failure to reset all player’s workers, including those that were being utilized in the exploit. It was later discovered that some users’ workers were still designated to a single node. This allowed the continued use of multiple workers on a single node, and has subsequently been resolved as of July 12th maintenance.”
The days are hot, and the sand is scorching in Black Desert. Massively OP’s MJ hates the heat, but she’s heard about a new waterpark she can dive into to help cool off! That settles that: She’s heading in to celebrate summer in Terrmian Waterpark. Grab your swimsuit and join us live at 6:30 p.m. to take part in the summer festival.
What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 15th, 2017
Veteran Massively OP reader Miol says he’s exhausted by a recent string of stories in which MMO companies screw gamers over, one after another: ARK Survival Evolved, Albion Online, Skyforge, and now Black Desert all figure into his list, just from the last week.
“I want to ask what more can gamers do to protect themselves and everyone else as consumers than speak up? It feels exhausting to always stay vigilant and feel upset all the time, since games, as an everchanging medium, give devs so many opportunities to screw us over with every single patch or update. And the worst immediate consequence seems many times a meek apology for what they’ve done, only for them to try out something different that maybe could go over unnoticed.
“You guys have reported about this UK watchdog group ASA, who investigated No Man’s Sky, but even they dismissed the tons of complaints about false advertising. Steam did declare some changes to advertising on their platform, but I still don’t see them taken place. If even those big negative stories don’t have that much of an impact, what hope is there for all the smaller communities, spread thin globally? There was a recent wave of gamers imploring each other to not pre-order, but that ebbed away fast enough, when the next shiny pre-order advantages over other players were presented. But even so, this still can’t protect you from what may happen after the launch!
“As said by Bree many times: Merely quitting won’t help either, as the studio will never know why most of the times. But also sending feedback for nine whole days didn’t help Skyforge players to make its devs to scramble! So what else could we do? Or should we just take rotating shifts to call them out?”
We’ll take the first shift right here in Overthinking.
announced this morning that Black Desert’s
western version will be launching a female version of the Striker called the Mystic following its debut in Korea and confirming translations of the Korean version of the website. We’re short on details right now, other than the knowledge that she’s making the journey here in the fourth quarter, but the studio does say it’ll provide more information next week.
“For the remainder of 2017, PearlAbyss is preparing a host of exciting free updates that will keep adventurers engaged. After releasing the Striker class and its awakening, the recent Shultz Guard Station and last week’s Terrmian Festival content, Black Desert Online will keep on giving,” Kakao vows. “In the second half of 2017, players can look forward to the massive Kamasylvia Expansion, new world bosses, the co-op ‘horde’ mode, new siege war content and an exciting new PvP arena.”
Just in time for those dog days of summer is Black Desert, which is making a splash with its new Terrmian Waterpark. Today is the park’s grand opening, and you are invited to put on your skimpiest speedo and head over to the fun.
The waterpark is part of the Terrmian Festival, which runs from today through August 9th. Players will need special coins to partake in the various activities, and fortunately the game will dish them out to everyone at the rate of one every 20 minutes (for a maximum of five coins a day).
There are about a half-dozen minigames to enjoy, ranging from the socially acceptable to the scandalously strange. These include a giant clam pop, a coconut cannon shoot, a diving contest, a spooky ship, a shooting gallery, and (why not) hurling fruit at possessed spirits.
It should be noted that alongside the waterpark, today’s patch also includes a reduction of the XP needed to level from one to 61.