What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Korean studio known in the west primarily for its heraldship of Black Desert.
What: Black Desert
“With the release of the long-awaited Mystic, please enjoy leveling this dazzling class while stacking up on cool rewards. Meanwhile, the abominable Yeti, Piku, has been sighted near Alejandro Farm. When the blizzard hits, that’s when you know Piku has appeared. Make sure to have a special Frosted Matchlock to take this monster down. In addition, a notable announcement we want to make is that our game client has tremendously reduced in size where its 27 GB now!”
Don’t forget that Kakao is running specific level-up events right now to make catching up with the new toon a bit easier and more rewarding. Massively OP will be streaming some Mystic gameplay tonight, so check back on OPTV at 8 p.m. EST this evening!
For starters, Kim says the game’s UI is due for revision, and those reivisions were inspired by – wait for it – the mobile and console versions. That includes the minimap, mind you. And feedback from players? Yeah, he reads it, unfiltered and raw, to ensure that his team gets the “specific emotion” from player complaints.
But Kim does reject Inven’s assertion that the game’s update pace has slowed down, which is certainly the case in the West, where PA’s western publisher has reduced updates from weekly to biweekly.
“The [number] of updates is the same as it was before,” he counters. “I pushed myself to make a system which makes the updating progress much faster and easier.”
Doesn’t it seem as if we’ve been watching Tencent’s wuxia MMO Moonlight Blade for half of forever? Keep watching, but maybe watch a little closer, as Nexon’s South Korean edition of the game is finally launching open beta in the region on January 25th following the closed beta that’s run off and on this fall. According to Steparu, who broke the news for English speakers, the game has undergone intense localization, specifically with Korean-language voiceovers.
Nexon has previously hinted that it’ll bring the game westward with English servers, and though we don’t have details or even confirmation yet, it seems likely that Nexon might turn its gaze toward us once its home region is settled.
Back in September during Pearl Abyss’ IPO press conference, the South Korean company reps let loose with a ton of information about the state of the studio, including the fact that it’s working on four more MMOs. “Two games are in development [and] aim to be released in the second half of 2018,” CEO Kyung In Jung told investors and reporters at the time. “The other two aim to be released in 2019 and 2021. All of them are in progress to be network-based games with high-quality graphics by using the self-developed engine.”
Now we’ve got a tease about two of those. As MMO Culture reports, one of them is a global mobile MMO – and it’s not Black Desert Mobile, as its setting is apparently quite different. It sounds like an all-ages social game rather than a competitive one, with a goal for meeting other users.
If your account is already overloaded with toons, make sure you make the trek to the cash shop, where you can pick up a new character slot expansion coupon dirt cheap: They’re just 1 loyalty right now (regular slots are 70% off). And even if you don’t care about the contest and have slots to spare, everyone who pre-registers a Mystic with the coupon will also walk away with free loot. There’s no downside here.
As Counting Crows told us, it’s been a long December, although the fact that it has also only just started being December speaks to something unpleasant in the makeup of this particular month. But it also means that this is a good time to check in on the overall health of various MMORPGs and see which ones look to be in the healthiest state at the end of the year.
This is, I hasten to point out, not a scientific process; last year I pointed to Marvel Heroes as a not-quite-MMORPG title that was still in a very healthy and robust place, and it later turned out that this was entirely not true and had been built upon a foundation of lies. But we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it in 2018. What are the healthiest games running right now?
For starters, Lahn is indeed on the way; she’s a dual-wielder who carries a “unique crescent scythe” and a short-sword offhander and zips through the air. She’ll be accompanied by a new territory in the game, Dreegan, home to dragons. Bring a group!
But beyond Lahn and Dreegan, Kakao says PA has nearly halved the game’s client size and boosted FPS performance in a streamlining project coming to fruition next week. That includes a major UI makeover and 3-D minimap that shows elevation.
Pearl Abyss revealed Ran this past week, an Asian martial arts fighter who uses a sword and a strange weapon with a chain and silk scarf on it. Ran isn’t out yet in Korea, so it might be a little while before she makes the voyage to the west, but odds are good that she will be arriving sooner or later.
Check out her trailer and a weird little Korean TV spot after the break!
“She is especially skilled in high kicks and uses a shoulder charge move to force her way through enemy ranks. Superfast punches will put anyone off-guard, while she is preparing to combo in something more powerful such as her surging punch moves. Her grace and beauty are matched only by her ferocity and strong defense, balancing out her lower level of attack power. She is designed to be efficient for both PvE and PvP play styles with a little bit more weight on the first. Players will be fascinated as they experience her exciting combat moves.”
Those who play with precustomization are getting gifts, too, including a temporary horse flute, a one-day Blessing of Kamasylve, a Gold Bar 100G – and apparently a so-cheap-as-to-be-nearly-free extra character slot for the cost of just one loyalty.
When you take such a rich and full-featured MMO sandbox like Black Desert and try to fit it on mobile, it only stands to reason that you are going to have to sacrifice some features to make it work.
Players will be exploring the world from an isometric perspective, using tried-and-true mobile techniques like auto-run to facilitate questing. Some of the features that will be present include deep character customization, world bosses, PvP sieges, and life skills.
Black Desert Mobile will come out in Korea in early 2018, followed by a global rollout later that year. Check out the trailer after the break!
What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Don’t feel like opening your wallet? Then the Thanksgiving boss event is for you.
“The festivities continue with Pearl Abyss adding the highly requested fifth pet slot which allows players to loot more effectively. This feature will be updated after today’s maintenance. Additionally, adventurers can look forward to the return of King Targargo, a special Thanksgiving boss. By defeating this reward-stuffed turkey and by participating in the Turkey on the Table event, players can earn amazing items. Furthermore, NPC Patrigio has started his Discreet Discount sales, so players are invited to check out his wares.”