Black Desert’s 2017 plans include Striker class, climbing, and airships
The fun begins with the game’s newest class, the Striker. The Striker is a martial arts-using class who favors combos and smacking things down with his bare hands. The class is going into testing in Korea soon with no specific date announced for the west.
The announcement of the Striker was just the beginning, however. The team said that it’s working on a climbing skill, the game’s very first airship, combat sailboats, a class rebalance, new zones, improved guild features, healing unicorns, upgraded graphics (without affecting FPS), a trading simulation, and the second part of Kamasylvia.
Check out the trailers, images, and the rest of the announcement below!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – April 8 2017/ During a live stream on Twitch today, PearlAbyss announced exciting new content for their award-winning MMORPG, Black Desert Online. The first being “Vell”, a fearsome, gigantic sea monster that lurks beneath the waves of the recently added Margoria region.
SIEGE WAR MILITIA – PearlAbyss is rebalancing the current Siege Warfare by allowing strangers (who are not necessarily part of a guild) to pick a side and join the war. This will add a new dynamic to the war as neither warring faction will know how much support they will get from the militia. This also means that powerful guilds, once thought to be untouchable will have to be weary for a coup d’état. Furthermore, these militia operate covertly as their guild and nicknames are hidden to other players. Additional strategic elements will be introduced such as the Shield Soldiers. These frontline soldiers are only allowed to carry shields, but are highly effective against flame tower attacks and will deepen strategic options to players.
UI AND GUILD SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS – UI and Guild systems will be overhauled and improved. It will be easier to join a guild and there will be tools in place that will allow for more smooth communication between guild members.
KAMASYLVIA PART II – The second part of Kamasylvia (content not yet released in the West) is now under development at PearlAbyss. This territory consists of the beautiful capital city Grana and its surrounding regions such as the Tooth Fairy Forest and the “Winnie Rune” huts. New battlegrounds will be added too. The Forest of Poly is an area where mushroom monsters live and players will be able to slay the Padus tribe in the Ringwood Forrest. Forest Lone Roth is a hunting ground especially designed for adventurers that are level 60 and above as they will most likely meet huge centaur’s that will be challenging to defeat, even in groups. Finally, there is a powerful Guy Finisha temple, a little hunting ground where level 60 adventurers can engage in one-on-one combat with powerful monsters
LEGENDARY UNICORN (DINE) – This Unicorn will have magical powers that will heal its surroundings. His dashing attack will make it a fearsome mount in battle.
ENHANCED LIFE SKILLS AND AIRSHIPS – As part of Black Desert’s already expansive lifeskills, PearlAbyss is developing a climbing system (working title) which will immerse players like never before. Daring players can climb castle walls and scale dangerous cliffs, while looking for scarce ingredients and lost treasure. If mountaineering does not take players high enough it is possible to board one of the new hot air zeppelins. Here players will have a stellar view of Black Desert’s beautiful world. This transport is slow and runs via a set schedule.
SKILL PROMOTION SYSTEM – This brand new system which is still in early stages of development will allow players to link two pre-awakening combat skills to create a new one. These new abilities are as powerful as a class’s awakening. Furthermore, it is the developer’s intentions players can preset and tailor their skillset to make a PvE or PvP character build.
NEW CLASS STRIKER – The Striker is a class who marries both classical martial arts as well as more rough techniques that have been popularised on the streets. He fights bare handed and also employs powerful footwork to overcome his foes. Key combat abilities (working name):
- Adamantine: This shoulder charge melee attack focuses on the enemy’s torso
- Knee Hammer: This forward charged knee kick raises your opponent up in the air and can be chained into a combo.
- Soaring Crash: This uppercut technique will send your enemies flying which can be connected into a smash down attack or a move that knocks back the opponent.
- Spinning Slash: This kick is performed by combining a spin with a kick
- Massive Suppression: A devastating grappling move where enemies are grabbed and attacked multiple times before thrown on the ground.
In combat, Striker can approach targets with Knee Hammer for an instant kill or can lure surrounding targets to perform devastating combos for multiple kills. Skillful players can continuously combo moves into others, making the Striker a very stylish and effective class indeed. In PVP, this class is specialised on one-on-one encounters and has high defensive and evasive powers. Strikers can stiffen enemies and use combos to deal maximum damage. In PvP the Striker class is versatile and more difficult to master than its counterparts, but skillful players will enjoy the freedom of tactical choices this class brings to them.