Pearl Abyss to western Black Desert players: ‘We want BDO to last for another 20-30 years’

Pearl Abyss Executive Producer Jaehee Kim has a message for western Black Desert players today. It’s not gonna look all that different to what the companies posted for Korean players earlier in the month, but there are a few new morsels to chew over.

For example, PA reiterates that it plans to reverse its stance on nerfing and buffing (it will nerf stuff from here on out that deserves it rather than succumb to powercreep philosophy). The Musa and Ranger in particular are getting buffs, too. The studio is also working on making the militia system more efficient and player-friendly, to simplify the UI, to craft better patch notes, and to optimize the game client – something players tired of downloading massive files every other week will surely be happy about.

“We dramatically changed our data storage/compression methods and removed all resulting nullified data,” Kim explains. “Based on Korea, the download has decreased to one-third the time it required before. While it does depend on the local network, we expect it to decrease with a similar degree in the NA/EU region as well.”

It won’t surprise you to hear that Kim believes a solid MMORPG can and should run for a long time.

Black Desert Online is very important to us, and we want BDO to last for another 20-30 years. We will continue to improve the gameplay environment, as we accumulate knowledge, and our technology improves. Recently, we released information on the graphic remastering we are currently working on, and hope to release next year. This is only one of the tasks we will use to improve the gameplay environment.”

The comments echo those made by PA executives during its IPO press conference in September, when they argued PC online games have “an extremely long life cycle,” on average between 10 and 11 years.

Meanwhile, Black Desert announced that the brand-new-to-us Mystic class will be awakening at the start of the new year.

“The Mystic, will Awaken on January 3, 2018. Begin the new year with a set of water-based skills as the Mystic gains the ability to channel the force of the ocean in combat. […] Having joined Black Desert Online’s roster last week, the Mystic is an agile fighter who specializes in fast-paced martial arts techniques. With the help of her Awakening Weapon, Cestus, her blows take on the power of rushing waters. Pierce through your enemies using Spiral Torpedo, pull your foes into an orb of water with Dragon’s Rip or send them flying with Tidal Burst. Players can begin the Awakening Quest starting January 3 after regular maintenance if they have reached level 56 with the Mystic.”

Source: Official forums, press release
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Luke Fordham

Posted by Luke Fordham on Saturday, 24 February 2018

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Luke Fordham

Posted by Luke Fordham on Saturday, 24 February 2018

and yet they use payment wall… refund was issued and they play games, sad part is im a professional locator for debt collectors so them talking gibberish when saying rights makes me laugh, the fact they told me to make a false back charge to steam is pretty unprofessional because i made sale to payment wall from steam so steam did their job perfectly, payment wall just refuses to help resolves the issue cause they compete with steam for BDO sales.
paypal / steam / national credit agency’s have been alerted to these scams within BDO and BDO refuses to help in any way

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Fred Douglas

And I want a car with a ribbon on top for Christmas.

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ebonviper

This game is both beautiful and hollow. There’s nothing to do but grind, grind, grind, grind and play the RNG for literally anything in the game. It’s mesmerizing at first, then it becomes boring fast. Pvp is literally a joke, the classes are completely unbalanced and the constant “little girl” screams in the game make it a real turnoff. Character editor is really good, but forget about customizing the way your character appears , gear wise it’s very limited and VERY expensive if you want to purchase anything from the in game store. It won’t last five years, these guys are just VERY enthusiastic.

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ihatevnecks

It’s at three years in Korea, coming up on two years in the west; why won’t it last five years exactly? It seems to be getting even more popular as it goes, at least over here.

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Jacobin GW

Beautiful and hollow is a perfect description for what this game is -> a vegas slot machine.

It will however be around for a long time because the graphics alone put it leagues ahead every other game in the genre.

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Toy Clown

I’m going to disagree on this. I find BDO has a lot to offer. Many players get caught up in the “I must grind to 60” mindset, and I’ve watched a lot of people skip over the game’s content in their rush to be “competitive”, then complain there’s nothing to do but grind when they reach that point of 56-58.

The game’s lore has become rich compared to release and has been fleshed out more with cut scenes and chain story quests added in. There are a lot of systems and features in place that rival that of what you find in FFXIV, for example. From life skills, ocean content, building ships and fishing, whale and sea monster hunting, land bosses, farming, housing, breeding horses, racing horses, bounty hunter system, PvP sieges, trading, collect and play instruments, building a worker empire, knowledge (lore) and title hunting, working on building gear up, alongside content-rich continents that recently included Valencia and Kamasylvia. With the later, group content has started to make an appearance in BDO and the upcoming Dragon lands will be mostly group only content.

I’ve tried to get away from BDO, but there’s no other MMO like it on the market. As long as I stay away from buying outfits, it’s a great experience. I understand this type of sandbox content isn’t for everyone, as I think most NA-side MMOers are used to content delivered on rails (aka themeparks) and straight up shooters. Attempting to approach BDO from this perspective will leave some with the feeling there’s nothing to do, as they can easily miss it all if they settle in to grind out levels.

I’m excited to hear they have a long-view toward BDO.

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Brinto Sfj

Shame they decided not to start SEA servers, instead they are making a mobile version of BDO which will cater to SEA players….do they really believe PC gamers will play mmorpg on mobile? Best version is KR, f2p and not pay2win, pretty much everything anyone could ask from an f2p mmorpg.

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sapfrompoharan

I assume you are from SEA, they are (in fact) opening server for BDO SEA, last month they did CBT and now preparing for release in few weeks. It looks like you’ve been living in a cave!

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Brinto Sfj

It seems i am living in cave indeed. frankly i had lost any hope of SEA server when they went back on their word that they would release SEA service within a few months of western release. i mostly play KR version from time to time when something new comes up. thanks for the heads up.

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Legendary .

Played the game as a founder from the get-go and the highest i got to was lvl 58 or 57, i just could not stand the strong grind, the spots to grind at were always full and now they will be introducing AFK-Lvl up, oh yes afk, you pick up some sort of scroll and have your character beat a scarecrow for some hours gaining xp, this game if nothing has really a ton of afk features, awesome if it was possible to connect it to your mobile and direct your character into doing things afk.

The BDO game in itself is amazing, i have never had the chance to see such a beautiful game, the sunsets the underwater diving when the sun shines through the surface, quite fabulous, yet it felt devoid, the desert was just that, one annoying segment of nothing but sand, some mobs popped here and there but there was nothing else out there except the two dungeons which were not instanced and lvl 60+ only, the ocean was added then, big boats and the like, i built mine and then i made several others chopping wood manually for days out in, in the end, i sailed around in the ocean, the sea mobs were cool, nicely made and somewhat of a challenge to take down, dynamic as well with lightning storms, tornados, ghost ships stopping you and boarding your ship.

I saw my self at the end of the day chopping wood next to the bank, melting minerals trying to make silver to get enchantment stones in order to try for that final enchantment of +20 while listening to Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas, after a few months i just had to jump out of it, from all those stay online for 5 hours to get free stuff promotions in the game, they sucker you in with all those promotions and items, lots of free loot boxes in this game just like a slot machine to keep you hooked.

Putting aside some of the things i saw for what it is, the game is quite fleshed out but i admit it never felt done, i always saw a lot of potential and ideas that could be utilized for the game, but nothing of sorts ever appeared, to put it in a metaphor, a beautiful Oasis in the middle of the desert, once you have taken a turn around it and stepped outside, there will only be sand of potential that awaits that is never being used.

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Nick // Genghis

I wish that lvl 50+ didn’t just feel like they said during game development, “Let’s just make all AI enemies tank n spank encounters with a special skill every once in awhile, and have the ‘difficulty’ based on clear speed with HP sponges.” I was one of those AFK fishing bots in between couple day breaks getting from 52-57, but the grind in this is not only unreal, it’s mindnumbingly simple and boring. I need mental stimulation I can’t just smack stuff in the same fashion in the same circle for hours. Same reason I never did THAT long of expeditions in Elite: Dangerous. Needed variety and I feel like games a lot of times are missing the mark in that department *cough looking at you Destiny 2 ahem*

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Tobasco da Gama

See, I wasn’t worried about the game’s longevity in the west before, but leaning that hard on hyperbole makes me nervous.

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Arktouros

Well when you consider things from their perspective they have no reason to think otherwise. They’ve released the game now in a multitude of regions all with pretty good success. They also are posed to release a new mobile client version of the game as well soon. They’ve also stated they’re developing other titles as well. So from their perspective they got no reason to think the game won’t be around after 20 years especially when it’s already been 3-4 since KR launch.

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Jack Pipsam

So they reckon this game will be around when i’m 52? Well, now that’s ambition, put aside the fact computing might not even be what it is now then or the internet will change so much (or even superseded entirely). When my dad was my age in the 70s CB radio was bees-knees, no form of home video/recording and colour TV in Australia was still a novelty. 30 years later in 2005 and the world was a remarkably different place than 1975, put aside the fall of the USSR and the Berlin Wall (something my parents swore wouldn’t happen in their lifetimes period). But home computing in general as well as the internet, ten years later smartphones are everywhere when before they were not and they have a son who wears a pony shirt and isn’t beaten to a pulp on public transport, society itself changed too a lot.

What’s all this rambling leading too? Nothing really I’ve been up all night and I went on a total tangent and you can disregard everything I just wrote as not being related to this article, well aside from who knows what gaming/internet/computing is like in 30 years… oh and Korea in general. People thought the Berlin Wall would never come down.

But hey Meridian 59 is still around and that’s as old as me, so I could be talking total and utter cynical rubbish. Good luck to BDO, may it outlive me! Chances are it’ll last another 30 years while I won’t lol.

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Jeremy Barnes

They need to fix the engine. It’s terrible. I want to play it, but the engine gets me everytime.

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John Kiser

In what way? Be more specific?