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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

The Daily Grind: Will you play Bless or Black Desert?

I’m looking forward to both Bless and Black Desert. I typically like Korean MMOs, for one thing, and for another they’re both gorgeous in terms of world and character design. While Black Desert seems more up my alley thanks to its open world and sandbox elements (and assuming that those traits survive the Westernization process), Bless looks like it could scratch the themepark itch that I get from time to time.

What about you, MOP readers? Do you have any plans to play Bless or Black Desert? Why or why not?

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You can have a heat stroke in Black Desert’s desert

Did you know that Black Desert features a heat stroke DoT? Apparently it does, as Steparu had to chug a few health potions while exploring one of the fantasy sandbox’s vast desert environments.

He’s uploaded a video of his exploits, so click past the cut if you’d like to see Black Desert’s.… desert, as well as another, shorter video that focuses on Witch gameplay.

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Black Desert’s getting a Ninja and class weapon swapping

Black Desert is getting a Ninja class on its South Korean server before the month is out. MMO Culture reports that the new archetype is basically an MMO assassin, with emphasis on its stealth skills and burst attacking from the shadows.

The fantasy title will also feature a new mechanic that’s tentatively called Character Weapon Awakening. In a nutshell, avatars will be able to wield different weapons once unspecified requirements are met. For example, the Warrior — which is initially a sword-and-board class — will gain the ability to use a greatsword.

Finally, Black Desert Korea is getting two new maps to expand its massive open world.

Source: MMO Culture

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Betawatch: August 21st, 2015

Revival isn’t yet in closed beta or closed alpha or even really in pre-alpha, but it is letting players walk around the houses they bought as part of the game’s whole development funding model. Which is probably a good sign, since other news about Illfonic has been a bit less than positive.

Other beta news? You know it!

Oh, yes, and there is a whole list of games in testing past the break, don’t you know. Let us know in the comments if something slipped our notice!

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This is how you leave Black Desert feedback

If you’ve ever thought about leaving useful beta feedback for the developers of an MMO that you care about, Black Desert fan Kinto has provided you with a decent blueprint. He (or she?) has collected 18 pages worth of observations on the forthcoming sandbox and published them in a Google doc that’s well organized and easy to read despite its length.

As for the observations themselves, well, Kinto concludes that the game originally advertised isn’t the game currently offered. While Black Desert scores points for its immersive world, Kinto opines that the developers have neutered crafting, housing, and player trading all in the name of convenience.

“There’s no way for a player to be a renowned crafter such as a weapon- or armorsmith,” Kinto writes. “There is no way for the player to be a master of crafting siege weapons, making them highly sought after for large guilds who aim for sieging. The possibility of Blackstone makers and furniture makers? A lot of the immersion and potential player interaction is thrown out the window with the current system which honestly resembles a mobile game.”

What do you think, Black Desert beta veterans? Is Kinto correct?

Source: Google docs; thanks Dystopiq!

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This Russian Black Desert trailer is worryingly appealing

I should have learned my lesson after the debacle that was ArcheAge, but a part of me is still somewhat excited to play the western version of Black Desert. Trailers like the new one released in Russia certainly don’t help, since they show off a considerable amount of eye candy and eye-popping open world vistas, all while omitting the grind, the ganks, and the godawful cash shop, to name just three unpleasant realities of free-to-play imports.

For now, though, ignorance is bliss because it is an awesome trailer! You can view it after the break.

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Black Desert’s western community manager is interviewed, doesn’t say much

Are you interested in Black Desert? If so, a new interview with the game’s western community manager might be worth a read. Or it might not be, if you want anything beyond general PR-speak.

In any event, the piece confirms that an English version of the fantasy sandbox will be playable before the end of 2015, and it also says that the dev team has just opened its European office. Predictably, community manager “Oli” dodges a question about the changes from the game’s Korean version to its English version. He does say that the team wants to “avoid at all cost the bad impression left by other Korean game companies that bring their games to the west with quality standards that don’t match the expectations of US/EU players.”

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Black Desert releases the Kunoichi class

If you’re a fan of sneaking past enemies before exploding out of stealth with throat-stabbing fervor, you might be the ideal player for Black Desert‘s newest class, the Kunoichi. The class was held back slightly from the game’s last patch, but players can now make a new lady ninja and have her do whatever a lady ninja does, which is mostly the whole sneak-and-stab thing.

Developer Pearl Abyss has cautioned players that the class is meant for the most experienced players capable of juggling several skills to both deal and avoid damage. You can see the class in action in the trailer just below; whether or not the class will be available in the localized version that’s still coming remains to be seen.

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Black Desert publisher opens European office in Amsterdam

So when does the rest of the world get to try out Black Desert? We don’t know. But that day seems to be getting closer, as the game’s publisher Daum has just opened its new office in Amsterdam. No specific announcements have been made about how quickly we’ll go from the new office to localization, but you don’t open an office in Amsterdam just because you want an excuse to take a trip there.

Black Desert released in South Korea on July 14th of this year; while no specific testing or localization dates have been announced, the game has already seen a major update to its live version.

Source: Fan site; thanks to BlackParrot89 for the tip!

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Videos offer impressions of Black Desert’s new Valencia region

While fans in the North American market can’t jump in check out Black Desert’s latest update (the game needs to launch here first!), they can experience it vicariously though videos thanks to Steparu.com.  Introduced last week, the update added a new region called Valencia, a beautiful yet deadly desert that will actually strip your character of health during the heat of the day and freeze you to death during the night. However, besides admiration at the beauty, Steparu’s impressions also include disappointment at a lack of world bosses, group or party content, and a delayed new job as well as concerns over the direction of the cash shop. Explore a bit of the region and experience questing in the videos below, then catch a city tour and more at Steparu.com.

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MMO Burnout: Why I want an Assassin’s Creed MMO

I play a fair amount of single-player stuff when I’m not playing MMOs, and at the risk of outing myself as one of those infernal dudebros, I love the Assassin’s Creed franchise. And I do mean love. I’ve got an Altair poster in my office and an Ezio action figure on my desk. I even own all of the series’ portable and mobile games, the latter of which is firmly against my religion.

I know that Unity had more than its share of technical issues, and I know that Ubisoft is no one’s favorite thanks to annualization and its Uplay DRM. But I can’t help it. Assassin’s Creed kicks holy ass and I want an Assassin’s Creed MMO.

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Black Desert gets a major update on July 23rd

Would you like to have a large patch to the nascent Black Desert? “No,” you said, “I’d like to have an idea about when and if it’s coming out in the US.” Well, the large patch is what you’re getting, complete with trailers helpfully provided by the fine folks at Steparu. And it actually adds the desert, which you think would be one of the first things you put into a game with deserts right in the title.

The new region in the game will include several new things for players to see and do, along with a new female ninja character for players to use. Players in Korea (or muddling through the untranslated game) are hoping this update will contain some group content and PvE activities, things the game is currently light on. You can check out the trailer just below.

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