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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

Take a tour of the new dungeons in Black Desert’s newest Korean update

There’s no official release date in the US for Black Desert just yet. But it is coming, and that means that there’s all the more reason to be deeply interested and invested in the game’s Korean patches as they happen. The intrepid exploration of Steparu has yielded video tours of the game’s newest dungeons as well as the player-killing bandit town, Mui Kun.

These dungeons as well as Mui Kun were added with the game’s second half of its Valencia patch earlier this month. No word yet on when these update features will make their way to this side of the pond, although it’ll almost certainly be after the game is actually released here. But you can at least take a tour before that happens, right?

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Black Desert Online gets the second half of Valencia in Korea

The testing for Black Desert has only just begun over on western shores, but players in its native Korea have been enjoying the game for some time now. Another update has recently landed which adds the second half of the Valencia region, highlighted in a new trailer just below. There are rocks, there is ground, there’s atmosphere – all of the fun stuff. Also new towns, settlements, cliffs, trees, and open-world dungeons, if you find that somehow more interesting than staring at the ground.

Players can also take part in the game’s new bounty system, which encourages players to hunt down player killers and bring them to justice. Or to be the people in need of justice-bringing. No word on when these patches will be crossing the ocean, but the game hasn’t even launched here; give it a little time.

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The Stream Team: Inside Black Desert’s closed beta

We’ve been hearing about Black Desert for quite a while now, but what’s it really like? Today’s your chance to find out! MassivelyOP’s MJ has pried open the closed beta doors and is slipping in. Be forewarned, though: There’s apparently a challenge concerning the character creation, and she’s not one back down from a challenge. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. to check out what is going on behind those beta doors and get your first peek into this upcoming sandbox.

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 19th, 2015

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Betawatch: WoW Legion takes a holiday break (December 18th, 2015)

If you’re really in love with the current PvP experience in World of Warcraft… oh, whom am I kidding? Pretty much no one is happy with it. If you are happy with it, though, you might be less happy to know that the whole thing is being smashed to bits with the next expansion. And when will you get to test that out yourself? Not over the holidays, that’s for sure! You’ll need to find other things to occupy your time, such as perhaps some other beta testing stuff.

There is other beta testing stuff, of course. There always is.

And of course, there’s that whole list down below. Missed something? Why not let us know in the comments?

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Black Desert’s first English closed beta starts today

The advent of Black Desert‘s first English-language closed beta test does not mean that the wait for the game is nearly over, since the testing process will take some time. But it does mean that if you’ve been waiting and longing for the chance to play the game in English, you can do so today. You can log in, create a character, and start exploring. If you’ve been waiting for the game, it’s like an early Christmas present.

If you’re a bit overwhelmed by the thought of all that exploration or just want to earn some prizes, there’s also a small contest being held for those with an expert grasp of the character creator. Make a character that looks like your Facebook profile photo and you could be one of 30 winners. So now would be a good time to change your Facebook profile picture to something other than your cat if you’d like to win.


Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: MMO Trend of the Year

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the best MMO trend of 2015.

Last year, we chose sandbox and social gameplay as the awardee in this category. This year, all trends were back on the table. All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMO Trend of 2015 is…

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The MOP Up: GTA Online makes every bullet count (December 13, 2015)

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!

This week GTA Online players got to play a new ammo-limited mode, two Lineage games were announced for mobile, Eternal Crusade streamers made fun of their own mistakes, Hearthstone talked about basic cards, and more!

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Most Likely to Flop

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our most likely to flop in 2016 and beyond award.

Last year, Star Citizen took home this dishonor, leading to much discord in the comments. Star Citizen has yet to actually fully launch let alone flop, though, which is why we tack on the “and beyond.” We also note that “flop” can mean lots of things, from outright sunset to financial ruin to simply not living up to insane hype. And we don’t want anything to flop!

Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Likely to Flop in 2016 and Beyond is…

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The MOP Up: Players choose Lineage II classic server name (December 6, 2015)

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!

This week the Lineage II community nominated names for the new EU classic server, Marvel Heroes’ Kitty Pryde got a new look, an April Fools joke came to life, and studios started giving away presents for the holiday season!

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Sign up for Black Desert’s closed beta, if you want

Want to play Black Desert’s closed beta? Well, you could pre-order. But that would be insane, and you’re not insane, right? Good, I didn’t think so. Aside from pre-ordering, you can sign up for the CBT via the fantasy title’s website.

And that’s pretty much all I’ve got for you in this particular news post. Good luck!

Source: Beta app; thanks everyone who tipped us!


Black Desert Korea adds bounty hunting and jail

With Black Desert on its way to the west in 2016, it’s not a bad idea to be giving more attention to what’s happening with the Korean version, as we’ll probably be benefiting from those updates sooner or later as well.

Steparu is reporting that Black Desert’s newest content update includes a pair of PvE dungeons: Akman Temple and Ruins of Histria. Even more interesting is the addition of a jail and bounty system for PvPers. In the Valencia zone, penalties for player killing (and dying) have been reduced, while those participating can rack up positive or negative karma that could lead to a bounty hunting-type situation.

To bolster the new system, there are two new towns in the region, one for positive karma fighters and one for those dastardly negative karma killers.

Source: Steparu


The Daily Grind: What upcoming MMOs are on your to-play list?

The other day I got into a conversation with friends about which upcoming MMOs were catching our eye. While I have more than enough gaming on my plate right now, I am fairly sure that Devilian will get some of that time when it goes live, and I am being weirdly tempted by Tree of Savior of all things. Project Gorgon always remains on my list although I’m waiting for a beta edition to really jump into that game.

Blade and Soul and Black Desert appear to be two of the more hotly anticipated titles on the horizon, although I’ll wait to see if there’s a huge wave of positive personal testimony when they come out. I own Shroud of the Avatar, so whenever that comes out I’ll owe it to myself to get my money’s worth there. As for Star Citizen, I am firmly in the neutral wait-and-see camp.

What upcoming MMOs are on your to-play list?

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Black Desert gets a Tamer, darker nights, and lanterns with oil

Daum posted a project manager diary on the Black Desert forum yesterday announcing that the Tamer class will not only be playable at launch but be available in the closed beta that is currently planned for December.

Daum also says that thanks to feedback from roleplayers(!), it has implemented walking and darker nights. “When the night cycle kicks in with clouds moving in front of the moon, you will require the use of lanterns,” the firm explains. Lanterns may be purchased from NPCs, though the devs are also working on craftable versions complete with oil that extends their use.

Click past the cut for a video look at the Tamer class.

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