The race for 2016 is officially on.
Daum Games confirmed this week that Black Desert Online will be coming out in North America and Europe in early 2016. This Black Desert will be significantly different than the existing Russian and Korean versions, including its business model, which will be buy-to-play with an in-game cash shop.
Daum Games Project Manager Daniel Loehr indicated that much is being done to adapt the game to the western market: “We are putting a lot of effort in the game’s Western localization. We are localizing approximate 2.5 million words into English, German, and French. Black Desert Online’s content and gameplay sytems will be adjusted to accommodate Western players and our differentiating business model.”
Black Desert launched a teaser site and new trailer to mark the occasion, the latter of which you can watch after the break.
There’s still no hard information on when Black Desert is coming westward, although the game is currently in open beta in Russia and it will be coming over here at some point. We cannot say with any certainty whether watching the Witch character gameplay video down below will ameliorate your desire to wait for the game or exacerbate it. But by all means, do check it out.
The Witch is… well, you have a pretty good idea about what she’s capable of doing just from the name. It involves lots of magic, projectiles, dealing with crowds, all of that fun stuff. Jump on down if you’d like to see the black magic woman doing her thing.
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Bad news for fans of elegant turns on the dance floor and all of the delicious accompanying politics that Ever, Jane promised – the game’s beta is being slightly delayed. Not massively so, but it turns out that the end of September was a bit too ambitious. The closed beta transition is now planned for sometime this month.
Other news in which betas did or did not go off as planned:
And of course, the usual suspects beneath this particular preamble. If something skipped phases or so forth in the list below, please, do let us know.
Can you read Russian? Me neither, but I can read Reddit as well as the big date on the top of Black Desert’s Russian website. Apparently the fantasy title is kicking off its Russian open beta on October 12th. I’m not sure what that means for the North American or European beta, if anything.
So far, neither developer Pearl Abyss nor publisher Daum has updated its “before the end of 2015” stance on the Western beta that was stated earlier this year.
Weapon choice, or lack thereof, is one MMO topic that doesn’t seem to come up very much. Some games allow players to select from a wide range, while others pair a class to a single type of weapon and then call it a day.
Black Desert is going a slightly different way. While some of its classes share weapon types between them, the developers are also creating “awakening” weapons that are specific to a single profession. Steparu reports that two of these special weapons include the scythe for the Sorcerer and an iron fist gauntlet for the Giant.
Awakening weapons will go beyond merely looking nifty; each of them will supposedly have a larger effect on the class itself, although details about what this system entails have yet to be revealed.
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?
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.
Earlier this week we heard about Black Desert’s new Ninja class. Today, developer Pearl Abyss and publisher Daum have released a new trailer for the fantasy sandbox’s 12th playable class. The clip itself is pretty short, but it nonetheless gives you a good idea of the combat you’re in for should you decide to roll a Ninja.
View it after the break!
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.
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!
- If Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded is a big deal to you, you should know that its open beta has started after a delay. Just, you know, not here in the US.
- If Asker is a big deal to you, you should know that it’s also in open beta in South Korea and has a trailer animated by Gainax. Also, could we ask you what’s up with that title?
- If Star Citizen is a big deal to you, you probably don’t need to recap the development process thus far. But you might want to anyhow.
- If Eternal Crusade is a big deal to you, the good news is that its alpha will probably start earlier than planned. The bad news is that it has lost yet another big member of its development staff. This got depressing.
- If Black Desert is a big deal to you, well, write up 18 pages of beta feedback and that’ll be something. Show that you care, folks!
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!
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?
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.