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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 impressions from around the MMO blogosphere

When a new game comes out, you can play it cautious by waiting for reviews or you can roll the dice and take your chances by leaping in right as the doors open. While it’s certainly fun to be among the first in a new MMO, sometimes caution — especially when one is on the fence — is the better approach.

At Massively OP we hold to the opinion that MMOs can’t be reviewed in full but that accurate observations and relatable experiences of the current game can be shared. If you’re still trying to figure out if Black Desert is for you after reading our new column, then here is a round-up of many impressions from MMO bloggers as they suss out the game in its first week in the west.

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Black Desert Korea’s new bosses pack a powerful punch

In answer to player requests for more challenging content, devs added a new boss system to Black Desert in Korea. The bosses actually stayed the same except for getting an increase to their HP and transforming into Mack trucks. OK, so that last part isn’t quite accurate: These new bosses don’t transform into the truck but they definitely hit like one. We’re talking hitting hard enough to one-shot high level players in end-game gear.

The new boss version is summoned by combining five daily or three weekly login scrolls to create a super saiyan scroll. previewed the party version of a new summoned boss and shared the experience in the video below.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 54: Something fishy is afoot

As we start to emerge from winter, blinking at hints of a spring sun, the MMO industry gets wild and crazy with all sorts of interesting developments. This week on the show, Bree and Justin talk about big launches, sad departures, and — of course — fishing. We’ll get your attention, hook, line, and sinker! You’ll be reeled in by this podcast as we tackle the important topics! …We’ll stop now.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Black Desert is increasing its server capacity

If you’re having a hard time logging into or playing Black Desert Online, then take heart: The team is working on increasing server capacity in the near future. While the launched game has had a better go of it than some MMO release weeks we could mention, the title’s still struggled with various issues requiring patches and hardware fixes.

Source: Twitter. Thanks to Mikey Moo for the tip!


Betawatch: Camelot Unchained hits the beta crunch (March 4, 2016)

The Camelot Unchained team is in the midst of a hard crunch period to get the game ready for full beta testing. The good news is that the team is getting some reinforcements as another stretch goal has been achieved, meaning that the developers will be at least marginally less likely to lose their collective minds. The team also took some time to discuss balance in a game focused around PvP.

Meanwhile, we bid farewell to Black Desert, as the game finally leaves our testing list in concert with its full post-headstart launch. But there are other games in testing and moving through the test phases, which this feature will begin discussing in no specific order as always:

  • Asta has entered its open testing period, which means that we can finally see if the game will have more success here than it did in its native country. Let’s hope so, in fact, because the alternative ending to this story is really depressing.
  • Figureheads has begun its open beta in Japan, although the beta is not IP-locked for those who can speak Japanese or are willing to muddle through Japanese characters in the hopes of getting customizable robot shooting to happen. If your last effort to do that resulted in you purchasing fourteen pounds of raw squid, you might want to just wait and hope for a local release.
  • Trinium Wars has entered its early access period on Steam, so you can jump in and play that. Assuming you buy in first, because of course you do.
  • Smite is in testing on the PlayStation 4, which should provide your dose of deity violence if you’re waiting for a new installment of God of War to hit the console.
  • Paragon is not yet in any sort of early access, just in testing. It is going to be available to buy in via founder’s packs on March 18th, just the same.

Oh, yes, there’s a full list of stuff down below, as always. Some of it’s stuff that we’ve listed here, some of it’s new stuff. Did some of that stuff shift testing states without us noticing? It’s possible! Let us know if that’s happened in the comments.

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Black Desert drops a minor patch for class balancing

The wait is over for everyone, Black Desert is out and playable, and if you’ve been looking forward to the game but still aren’t playing it… well, that’s really on you at this point. That doesn’t mean that everything in the game is in perfect working shape, of course, hence a patch to the game yesterday to address a number of fussy issues. Numerous display changes were made for Witches and Wizard, while Tamer balance was “adjusted” in unspecified fashions.

Other minor issues addressed include fixing some localization issues and some text displays along with various quest issues. Nothing major, but if you’ve run into some broken edges while playing the game since its headstart, it’s no doubt nice to know that those rough bits are getting sanded off.


The Stream Team: Raising a Black Desert black smoke buddy

Can that creepy little Black Desert black smoke buddy actually get creepier? Yes, yes it can, as MassivelyOP’s MJ recently learned. She was just questing along, humoring the freaky little puff, when it suddenly sprouts teeth! That freaked her out a bit. MJ has been avoiding learning any spoilers of what the creature turns onto, so each transformation will take her by surprise. First, it looks like it nabbed grampa’s false teeth. What’s next — granny’s spectacles? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to continue to watch this little psychotic wisp transform (and check out the servers on launch day).

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 3rd, 2016

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Black Desert’s western launch arrives with new trailer

Welcome to Black Desert’s official North American and European launch day!

The servers are down right now for maintenance before the big rush, but we’ve got the launch trailer and our launch-day roundup of all the big news surrounding the game from the last year right here. [Servers are up now!]

Don’t forget to read up on our beta hands-on (the combat part and the economy part), tell us which server you’re on, argue about the cash shop, and check out our brand-new Black Desert column, Desert Nomad, which just yesterday released its guide to the game. Happy launch day, everyone!

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Desert Nomad: The Nomad’s guide to Black Desert

Hello friends, and welcome to a new installment of Choose My Adv– HA HA, PSYCH! This puppet’s strings have been cut, suckers! No longer will I take your orders, blindly charging headlong into whatever folly you command, allowed respite only once your twisted fancies have been sated and my will brok– Wait, what? I still have to do that, too? Ahem. Heh, just kidding, everyone! Forget everything you just read. Done? OK, great! Let’s try this again. Hello, friends, and welcome to the premiere issue of my shiny new column, Desert Nomad. Isn’t it fancy?

Each week (or every other week depending on the demands of Choose My Adventure, which it turns out I am both contractually obligated and bound by a blood oath to continue until the end of days), I’ll be delving into the world of Black Desert. I’m super excited to finally have the opportunity to take a break from jumping between games each month and actually commit myself to exploring the many facets of this shiny new sandbox. Since Black Desert will technically still be one day away from its official launch when this is published, I figured that it would be fitting to devote this inaugural column to laying down some tips for all the new players who will be flooding the servers when the folks at Daum swing wide the gates tomorrow. So come along, fellow Nomads, and let’s wander for a while. As always, I promise that I will do my best to make it informative, and if not that, then at least entertaining.

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Black Desert details headstart compensation plan with ‘shitstorm matrix’

Black Desert has elaborated on the compensation and support it will offer players in the wake of its headstart issues:

“We all know that every game launch is bound to have problems, but this does not negate the trouble and confusion that they cause for everyone. The success of Black Desert and the Community supporting it has been and will continue to be our primary focus because we know without you there would be no Black Desert Online. As such, we would like to extend a token of our appreciation and apology for any and all inconveniences you may have experienced. Below you will find our break down what you can expect.”

Guys. There’s a chart. They labeled it “Shitstorm Matrix.” You cannot make this stuff up.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 53: The MMOs of winter 2016

Curious about all of the big MMOs that are being released this spring? We’ve brought MOP’s Matt onto the podcast to talk about his first-hand experiences in Blade & Soul, The Division, Black Desert, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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The Daily Grind: If an MMO has a cash shop, when should it launch?

Massively OP reader Leiloni pointed out to us something unusual about Black Desert: Its much-talked-about cash shop wasn’t originally going to open until March 10th, a full week after the official launch, never mind the headstart.

This means that whatever advantages an early player with a credit card might have hoped to glean were nullified, and it also probably means Daum wouldn’t have made as much money as it could’ve (although as we reported over the weekend, Daum relented and will now launch the cash shop on the 3rd; headstart players still can’t access it).

While some players didn’t really care and looked at this move as akin to Blizzard or ArenaNet holding raids back until players have progressed through regular content, others — particularly those who preordered — are ticked that they thought they were getting an early advantage here and aren’t.

What do you think? If an MMO has a cash shop, when should it launch?

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The Stream Team: Launching into Black Desert for real

The time has finally come: Black Desert has launched. At least the head start has. That means anything MassivelyOP’s MJ does from here on out counts! But what shall she do? There are still so many things you can do in game that it is dizzying. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. as MJ jumps in and starts her journey.

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 29th, 2016

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