Black Desert rep Belsazar has posted a lengthy missive from the Pearl Abyss developers explaining the details of the game’s cash shop and announcing that the date for closed beta 2 will be posted next week.
Black Desert will actually have two cash shops: The Cash Shop (for Pearl purchases) and the Mileage Shop (for miles purchases). Pearls are the game’s core cash currency, whereas you’ll pick up “100 miles per day for logging onto any of your characters.” There’s a giant chart showing which items will be sold in each; it includes everything from storage to stable expansions and cosmetics to gear. It will not be possible to sell cash shop items on the marketplace at launch.
Belsazar further explains that the energy system, leveling curve, player trading, and group rewards are under review. Of note, the devs are tweaking the karma system to better balance open PvP and help “to create a paradigm shift away from ‘ganking’ (random killing without particular reason) towards bounty hunting (killing for a reason).”