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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: Are MMOs becoming outpaced by tech?

Whenever I talk about Ultima Online to someone who wasn’t there when it was a big thing, I admit to feeling as if I have to justify its existence because of its graphics, which were shallow in 1997, never mind 2015. The game is still amazing, feature for feature, but it’s been eclipsed by the advance of technology.

That’s the topic an anonymous Massively Kickstarter donor wished to bring up for today’s Daily Grind. “Will MMOs keep pace with advancing technology,” he asks, “or wither?”

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Black Desert’s new class is a Valkyrie Shield Maiden

Black Desert’s Korean beta test is getting a new class this month, according to a translation at Steparu. The fantasy sandbox is scheduled to receive “three big updates” before the end of April, including the Valkyrie Shield Maiden who boasts healing spells, “powerful holy skills,” and warrior-like combat. Steparu speculates that she may be akin to a Paladin or Cleric.

The other updates feature a couple of new dungeons and a new area called Pirate Island. Developer Pearl Abyss is also planning regional war events, purportedly on Sundays as the beta continues.

[Source: Steparu]


Black Desert fans are troubled about game changes

When the primary beta process for an upcoming MMO is taking place in another region and language, it’s often difficult to understand how the game is shaping up. One Black Desert fansite understands this, which is why it’s posted a beta report that traces major changes and design decisions through the different testing phases.

These fans are concerned about how Black Desert is developing because of significant changes from the original vision to the current version. Some of these changes include the elimination of two of the three types of guilds, the increased pace of leveling, the denial of one-to-one trading, and a problematic PvP system.

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Here’s how to hunt whales in Black Desert

Would you like to hunt whales in Black Desert? No, not the big cash shop spenders, but actual whales in the ocean and stuff. Apparently you can, as shown in a video recently posted by Steparu.

He describes the whale hunt as “very relaxing and peaceful,” despite the chaos inherent in several player ships and nearly seven minutes of spells and gunfire before the beast is subdued. Click past the cut to have a look.

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Black Desert celebrates 100-day beta mark

To rub it in to everyone else in the world, it is our duty to announce that Korean beta testers have been enjoying Black Desert for 100 days now.

The fantasy title began its open beta test on December 17, 2014, and the team is waving its hands in the air like it just don’t care now that it’s hit its centidiurnal. Apparently Black Desert is doing quite well in the region, having topped some of the local charts. The team has a lot planned for the game, including the introduction of the Valkyrie class and several beta events.

You can watch the 100-day celebration video after the break!

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Betawatch: March 13, 2015

Albion Online posted an infographic celebrating its winter alpha and dished on its upcoming summer alpha, which will include a major revision of the economy. What else is new in the land of MMO testing?

Our complete list of MMOs in testing is below.

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New Valkyrie class is coming to Black Desert

Korean publisher Daum has announced that fantasy sandbox Black Desert will be getting a seventh playable class, which is “scheduled to be released or previewed in April,” according to Steparu and fansite

It’s called the Valkyrie, and right now it looks like a “shielded offensive type,” though Steparu notes that it may see some revisions as did the Beast Master and Blader before it. The devs are also adding a guild ranking system, some sort of “hardcore” party content called phantom black spirits, and life skills clothing to the Korean beta test.

There’s a preview video just past the break.

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Here’s what a Black Desert raid boss looks like

If you’ve got a spare 20 minutes and an urge to see a Black Desert raid boss go down, Steparu’s got a new video for you. Unfortunately he terms the encounter “extremely disappointing” on account of its dull tank-and-spank nature and the triviality of the whole enterprise given his gear.

That said, it’s probably worth a look if you’re at all curious about the upcoming fantasy sandbox MMO, so we’ve embedded it for you just past the break.

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Betawatch: February 27, 2015

Skyforge announced its upcoming closed beta schedule this week; expect the first round to begin on March 11th. You can ensure a spot in the test with (what else) a founder pack, which will set you back 20 to 70 bucks. What else is new in the world of MMO testing?

Our complete list of MMOs in testing is below.

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Black Desert reveals the Blader class

Black Desert just got a new class called the Blader, which Steparu describes as the “fastest playable character” in the game. Bladers wield a sword — duh — as well as a composite bow, and they’re also able to conjure some sort of spirit weapon called a Tiger Blade, which turns them into a dual-wield class.

Steparu also mentions endless attacks courtesy of delay-canceling skills as well as effective evasion, heavy damage, and a quick dash that instantly closes the distance on targets. Click past the cut to see a clip of the Blader in action.

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Betawatch: February 20, 2015

What do you get when you combine the the quirkiness of Glitch or Wakfu with the voxelboxiness of Trove? That’d be SkySaga, the UK sandvox that’s finally opening its alpha doors to those of us in North America. Act quickly, though; the offer ends February 26th. What else is new in the land on MMO testing?

Our complete list of MMOs in testing is below.

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Black Desert makes $2M in cash shop sales in one week

Wait, what did that headline say? Did Black Desert really make a cool two million in just a week?

Apparently so! According to, the Korean fantasy title made 2.3 billion KWN ($2 million) in its first week of open beta in the country. Those sales were powered by Black Desert’s impressive 1.5 million registered users.

Now the question is, when Black Desert comes to the west in 2016, will future sales make this look like pocket change?

[Source: via Reddit]


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