Black Desert touts female Striker, Mystic, coming west in Q4

    
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Kakao announced this morning that Black Desert’s western version will be launching a female version of the Striker called the Mystic following its debut in Korea and confirming translations of the Korean version of the website. We’re short on details right now, other than the knowledge that she’s making the journey here in the fourth quarter, but the studio does say it’ll provide more information next week.

“For the remainder of 2017, PearlAbyss is preparing a host of exciting free updates that will keep adventurers engaged. After releasing the Striker class and its awakening, the recent Shultz Guard Station and last week’s Terrmian Festival content, Black Desert Online will keep on giving,” Kakao vows. “In the second half of 2017, players can look forward to the massive Kamasylvia Expansion, new world bosses, the co-op ‘horde’ mode, new siege war content and an exciting new PvP arena.”

Here’s YouTuber lolHero’s take on the reveal:

Source: Press release, Korean site
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Arngrim

Not Surprised at all, there can be no new Male only classes.

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Loyheta

Female striker? Here comes all the Lyse Hext character models

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Emiliano Lozada

Screw this game, no seriously this game is now in the same category as Tera for me. If you want anything/everything you’re forced to play female. Males finally managed got a cool class that was well Male only and here’s PA already shutting that down because people playing dress-up brings in money. Where’s the Male Dark Knight at? Where’s the Male Sorc? Where’s the Male Tamer? Where’s the Male Ranger? The only male exclusive seems to be Giant and I assume because he looks ugly or the female giants won’t bring in dress up money.

Either you do classes for both genders or you don’t do it at all. None of this wishy-washy bs where females get most of the male classes but males are shafted in terms of classes.

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Tamanous

Korea certainly does seem to have an mmo female toon fetish. I’d like to consider it actual gender equality but it isn’t, it’s a flat out fetish. I’m ok with gender unique classes but after the next new class and the rumored one later, female options will nearly double male options. This is BS and really starting to piss off western audiences.

For me this has nothing to do with caring whether or not I play a female toon or not. I have played about a 50/50 split through my mmo life time. I build my characters on concept and this can only occur when I have choice. In BDO’s case, they force you into concepts with the benefit of a unique play style. Choice is only supported if there is at least an even split between genders. It is WAY off.

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Emiliano Lozada

My issue isn’t even that. It’s the fact that they came out and was like “Oh we’re no longer going to be doing 2 genders for 1 class because it takes too much manpower when we can apply it to unique class mechanics” which they started out fine with Females getting DK and Males getting Striker and Fems getting the next unique class which was an entire back and forth update going on so both sides get unique stuff. This is them pretty much going “Oh w/e we said before? Siiiiiiiiike now gimme money.”

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John Kiser

That was when a different publisher was behind them and was also early on. They stated early on they’d rather focus on unique classes instead of doing counterparts for each gender. You do know opinions change and maybe they’ve been attempting to do counterparts for each gender going forward particularly with new publishers and the like. Also if you pay attention they end up feeling unique once you get into awakened status.

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John Kiser

They have been adding males and females in equal measure. And you’d be complaining if all the classes were male that were added too. Also they could be working on male varieties of all those classes.

Also to further add the awakening for mystic may make it play ENTIRELY different than the striker does. It is also highly speculation at the moment that it is a female striker ie a rumor. It would be an odd name if it doesn’t become a ranged class of some sorts.

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Emiliano Lozada

“They have been adding males and females in equal measure.”

Hahahahaha, oh man. Name me just ONE male exclusive new class that was added post-NA release.

“Also they could be working on male varieties of all those classes.”

“It is hard to give a concrete answer to this matter because we are always trying our best to create a truly fun and innovative character, rather than copying an existing one, with a sex change. Creating the same class, but a different gender, takes almost the same amount of resources as creating a completely new class. This has changed the overall direction of class development towards creating new classes, which will provide an entirely new experience for players. Currently, there is no plan to create a male version of Ranger, Sorcerer and Tamer.”

No, they shut this down like I already said. The fact of the matter is people who want to play males get shafted and it’s clear as night/day. So far Females are getting 3 (DK, Mystic, New Chick with the Whip) while males only managed to get one (Striker) so don’t come here talking about “equal measure” when it’s not.

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John Kiser

First off they have been trying to make males and females both because people have been requesting both. Just because something hasn’t come out in the time frame you want it to come out doesn’t mean they aren’t working on it. Secondly while mystic may start off the same it could easily move into other territory with how it awakens or not.

Third. You don’t even “play” the game by your own admission basically so you fail to understand awakening or seemingly so. Once awakened all classes are “unique” for instance witch and wizard while similar at first adopt different elements entirely on awakening that make them unique. Kunoichi and ninja are the same class early on but awakened are entirely different. Valkyrie and the male tank never played the same but their awakening differs them even further. Giant same thing. All the classes become unique once they go through awakening and they have added male stuff and female stuff.

Maybe just maybe metrics point to many people playing female characters in korea (many do) and this is why those get developed first. Also you don’t get to decide the time table for when they add new classes or what gender. At present there are 2 more female classes than there are male classes and even when they are “the same sort of class” you need to realize that how they play later game becomes unique to that individual class ultimately so overall you have 14 unique classes where 8 are female and 6 male soon to be 9 – 10 female and there may be a bunch more males coming for all you know.

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Emiliano Lozada

Do you know this is the second time they made a male exclusive into a non-exclusive correct? Who the hell is talking about the time frame? You’re just making up arguments and not even understanding the original one. Someone talked bad about your baby BDO? Also why are you speaking about awakening and ‘different’ classes when again like above no one is talking about either. Mystic is Striker’s counterpart just like how Maewha is to Musa, Valk is to Warrior, Witch is to Wizard, Kunoichi is to Ninja. What I’m talking about is how quickly they are to add FEMALE EXCLUSIVE and when there’s a cool male one it gets a female counterpart. The game is made on counterparts even with awakening and yes I don’t play this game right this second for exactly this reason which only reminds me of Tera [I’m going to get a wall of text about Tera class designs now?] Also the gap is 3 if you count Mystic and about to be 4 with the teased whip class. Regardless, you need to first understand wtf is being spoken about before sending a wall of text of basically nothing related to what was mentioned.

Male Exclusive:
Giant

Female Exclusive:
Sorc
Tamer
Ranger
Dark Knight
Unreleased Whip User

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John Kiser

God you are just a whiny little runt aren’t you. You don’t know when they will add more male exclusives. You seem to think this wasn’t already in the pipeline being worked on before striker was released? Yes females have more exclusives at the moment.

The reason I’m talking about awakenings is because once you reach a certain point in the game your awakening ends up changing the gameplay mechanics of EVERY CLASS and they all become unique despite there being counterparts. Also Valk and Warrior play completely different so are more exclusive. While they serve the same aspect of a “sword and board” type user their skill set is not anywhere near the same and they don’t even play “kind of” the same.

Your complaint comes from someone that doesn’t quite understand how classes in the game ultimately end up working. While there are more females at the moment (you have no idea if the whip class will even be a thing btw you are assuming because of glimpses) And you act like everything coming out exclusive wise is female. The original lineup ended up heavily favoring male characters before release.

And again I’ll point that at a point in the game ALL the classes become exclusive in some way. You seem to have this hard problem with female characters being represented more in any game though so whatever. You could end up seeing a long string of male characters come out and still will sit here complaining even though you don’t even play the game.

And for the record I don’t play bdo anymore, but at least I understand the mechanics enough not to complain about this or that nor do I have a hard time playing a female toon.

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Emiliano Lozada

You don’t know when they will add more male exclusives.

No one but Kakao/PA does but that’s beside the entire point. They teased 3 classes – DK, Striker, Whip Chick going with what they mentioned in interviews prior both sides getting a unique class instead of M/F combos.

You seem to think this wasn’t already in the pipeline being worked on before striker was released? Yes females have more exclusives at the moment.

Which is exactly the problem? Females had more exclusives for a WHILE now.

The reason I’m talking about awakenings is because once you reach a certain point in the game your awakening ends up changing the gameplay mechanics of EVERY CLASS and they all become unique despite there being counterparts.

The core class is very similar to both counterparts. Yes, the awakening gives them differences between the two but due to them being counterparts they share a lot of things between each other. The only counterparts that are extremely unique are Valk/War. Witch/Wiz, Nin/Kuno, Musa/Mae tend to share a lot of the same abilities and even combos outside of differences [Musa is better in AoE, Mae is better in Single for ex.] Hell even the awakening types tend to be similar in appearance as well.

You seem to have this hard problem with female characters being represented more in any game though so whatever. You could end up seeing a long string of male characters come out and still will sit here complaining even though you don’t even play the game.

Way to miss the point once again. I’m having a problem with games that cater more to one gender than another. Just in this case [And in TERA’s] it just happens to be Females due to $$$ Cosmetics. You want to see a Gender Locked game that handles this correctly? Take a look at Warframe. Both sides have unique classes all around without leaving either gender high and dry. Hell, I’m also a Crowfall backer and it handled Gender Locking SO much better than BDO. It’s all about giving both sides toys to play with which both Tera and BDO fails to do. Can this change in the future? Who the fuck knows outside of PA/Kakao.

you have no idea if the whip class will even be a thing btw you are assuming because of glimpses

You mean a thing that Kakao/PA revealed themselves alongside the DK awakening and Striker? Though you’re right this won’t be the first class they show off and scrap it. RIP Male Archer.

God you are just a whiny little runt aren’t you.

Way to show your maturity.

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Arktouros

Like the Striker…I guess.

These classes really do nothing for me because they have no place in the game’s meta. There’s already Ninja. Kuno, Musa, Maewha, Tamer and now Striker and Mystic who all basically serve that same small scale role that has very diminished capacity in things like Node Wars. Maybe her Awakening will be similar to DK and be more ranged focus but I imagine not.

Shame too cause I just hit the Family Fame cap for character levels. I guess she’d be easy to cap out for Pro 1 Cooking/Gather and throw into the Energy Slave pile I suppose.

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Meanie

that’s a good point. it is sort of surprising there aren’t more physical range classes at this point. i don’t really know the lore so i don’t know if guns or crossbows etc could fit into it.

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Meanie

WOO!!!! still grind tho but whatever this will be fun its what i wanted since before launch lol

(female fist fighter)

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Melissa McDonald

she’d still be champion if her idiot trainer (and the UFC) didn’t try to make her a standup fighter. She steamrolled her first 8 fights with pure judo. She was never a boxer, and the attempt to make her one failed miserably. A real shame, mismanaging that kind of talent. All in the name of making it more “exciting”. Just win, baby.

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Meanie

oh i remember her. i was living in Albuquerque when that fateful fight happened…

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Melissa McDonald

yay, another character model to play with :)