Black Desert’s graphical remaster is live today, along with sales and contests

    
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As promised, Black Desert’s Remastered version is live today, featuring a fully revamped graphical experience, plus a do-over for the game’s audio (music too!) and a new user interface too. Kakao is running a truckton of sales and events to usher in the game’s facelift.

  • There’s the Gold Rush challenge event for extra seals and boxes.
  • There’s a huge sale in the cash shop along with plenty of new buyable cosmetics that nicely show off the new metal shaders.
  • The sale includes the “build your own set” feature that lets you bundle your own cosmetic sets in the cash shop with a discount.
  • There’s a screenshot contest for the next week – just submit your best screens of the remastered version of the game for a chance at value packs and settlement packs.
  • And if videos are more your speed, you’ve got until September 16th to enter a video contest showing off the game’s new look.

As for content, make sure you check out the changes to combat (base attacks got a lil buff). Happy patch day, eyecandy-loving folks – we expect lots of fun entries for One Shots in the next couple of weeks!

Check out the official trailer and new pics from yesterday too!

Source: Patch notes
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Orenj

The remaster has broken the game for me. Unexpectedly, not in terms of performance–even though my system is no Alienware (lol), my 7970+280x CF manages to deliver ~40 fps on the old very high setting, and not much lower in the new remastered mode, which is adequate for my play. But!
– the HDR bloom in remastered… my eyes! my eyes! And dragging gamma down to -50 to try to correct for it creates other lighting distortion… Oh yeah, and the game inevitably crashes; I think my 3 GB VRAM just isn’t enough for this mode. Which is too bad, because otherwise I do think it looks better.
– so, as all the fanboys keep saying “you don’t have to run remastered!” Right, so switch back to very high, and… they’ve completely broken shadows for my configuration. Insane shadow pop-in, pop-out, flickering (and I’m saying this as someone who’s used to BDO’s normal texture change pop-in). Unplayable except out at sea where there’s nothing casting shadows…

Yes I screwed with all the radeon driver profile settings too, even tried a couple older driver versions.

I’m basically idle skilling running on lowest on my IGP for the next week, but if the next maintenance doesn’t fix things, I guess I’ll be finding something else to play.

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Toy Clown

I logged in to try out the new graphics and immediately went back to playing on my old settings. They need to put in the ability to adjust these new graphics, because my eyes hurt playing on them.

There is a good point to this, though! The game runs much better on non-enhanced graphics than it did before, and I can live with that. But I probably won’t log in again until there’s some real content. For that, I’m excited to hear the leveling curve from 56-61 has been adjusted for the better.

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Neurotic

Was it necessary though? I thought BDO was already the ‘Graphical Champion’ when it was released five seconds ago?

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Akagi

Asian games lack in the gameplay and innovation department so all they managed to figure out was improve the graphics a bit more. I play a number of Asian games, but they are so stuck in one place it’s not funny.

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Arsin Halfmoon

Man… i suddenly have the urge to buy a 1080 now… generation’s over, might be a good time to get one and the cleanup does look really sweet.

I will still say that they gotta do something about the clusterfuck in veila and heidel

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kjempff

It is likely cpu that is the bottleneck and not graphics card. Well it is a guess, but my 1070 never got past 50% load with everything on max (when I played around launch)

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khaoslbc

Instead of adding real content, these devs decided to make the game bettet looking? So out of touch with the consumers.

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kjempff

Or maybe completely in touch? Barbie Doll online seem to be all about style (like “all” Asian games) .. Do what you are good at

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Loopy

Well the remaster definitely tickled my fancy again, even though i was unimpressed at launch with the lack of explanations for the myriad of systems the game contains. It seems like they’ve added some tutorials that weren’t there before, so i’m curious to see how much of the game they cover with those.

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Brown Jenkin

One day there will be a game with BDO style combat and GW2/ESO style progression. One day.

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Alex Js.

From what I’ve seen so far, there’s still no improvement to sudden texture pop-ins as you move… Which is unfortunate since it was one of the things that made me quit BDO long time ago (and yes, I know that many people don’t mind it).

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Koshelkin

The bloom/god rays are pure eye-cancer but effects look alot better now. The new fog is off-putting. From horseback the game looks worse now, but during fights it looks better. Remaster is still a strong word for what they’ve done though.

Ultra-mode is an impossibilty on 4k but simple Remastered is ok-ish with around 40fps on a gtx1080+ryzen 1700x. Full HD Ultra-Mode runs around 50-60fps.

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Arktouros

I’d read this article but I’ve been blinded by the in game bloom and HDR.

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Mitzruti

do they let you turn the bloom off, or is the game basically unplayable now?

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Joseph Meyer

While I don’t think we have options to turn bloom off, the game is playable to me albeit a bit bright.

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Arktouros

It’s certainly playable, you just don’t use the Remastered settings haha.