Black Desert is getting a massive update on June 1st when the first chunk of the Valencia update is launched. According to Daum, Valencia will include “hundreds” of new quests, expanding the world’s size by 30%.
“With Valencia Part One, players will be able to journey to an expansive desert region where exploration will take a completely different turn. Extreme heat during daytime requires proper hydration and intense cold at night requires players to stay warm. Additionally, a new weather effect, sandstorm, inflicts damage unless players set up a tent to protect themselves. The minimap will be unavailable, but getting lost is not all bad―who knows what treasure your shovel may strike? Regular horses and wagons are not ideal to traverse the desert and will see their speed lowered. Thankfully, players will be able to purchase Camels from NPCs, which fare much better in these harsh conditions. Another new mount, the Guild-owned Elephant, serves as a powerful war mount in sieges.”
This morning’s patch kicks off the Road to Valencia events.
Past this update, the studio is promising Node and Castle Siege warfare tests for June 15. “Expect epic large-scale battles never before seen in any MMORPG,” Daum says.
In other Black Desert news, players are once again raising the alarm over one of Daum’s cash-shop deals — this one a $30 costume that was altered rather dramatically and retroactively in the May 6th patch, to the dismay of those who had purchased it. As usual, Daum is not granting refunds for the undocumented change to the costume.