Black Desert’s new Archer and tree decorating events are live as Pearl Abyss sets up shop in California

    
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Hope you got your proto Archer rolled in Black Desert because he’s live as of today and you can actually log him in and get to playing.

“The Archer uses his Crossbow for his stylish ranged attack and skill combos. In addition, the Archer has an assortment of magic skills at his disposal that assist him in combat by upsetting the opponents’ balance, and wreak havoc by unleashing a flurry of arrows with his Crossbow from afar. He is never flustered nor disoriented even in the thick of the battle.The Archer can easily escape without breaking a sweat even when he is outnumbered by countless foes. This brand new male class is set to receive a rich storyline in which its background will be fully explored when he gets added to the current roster of available characters.”

Naturally Kakao has a whole schedule of events to celebrate the new class launch; you’re gonna be running around collecting archer’s seals, taking part in the Archer duoing experience buff event, and enjoying the Archer level-up race and expies boost. Starting today, the winter theme is applied to the game’s UI and background, and players will be tasked with decorating Ancient Cron Trees too.

In more businessy news, BDO developer Pearl Abyss – which just bought CCP Games, you’ll recall – announced today it’s setting up its first North American office: in Manhattan Beach, California. “The Manhattan Beach office will serve as an important regional office for Pearl Abyss’ continuing growth and success, and our self-publishing efforts in the western market,” PA Senior VP Jeonghee Jin says.

“Pearl Abyss’ mission is to create the best MMOs in the world. With their titles, the company wants to give their players an out-of-this-world experience like no other. This new location in Manhattan Beach will help progress the mission for Pearl Abyss for years to come.”

Source: Official site, press release
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Koshelkin

Never bounced of an BDO character like from the archer. I did like the female version but something about the male one just feels dull. Dunno, maybe I have to give it some time but it will be hard to motivate myself to play through the challenge(lvl 55), especially since there’s new stuff in other games I’d like to do.

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baddblud

I played the archer a little bit last night and was impressed. I got the feeling it will be one on the classes that the more your fingers can stretch the better you will be. Some of those combos are a killer on the fingers.

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Godnaz

Like it or not, Kakao/Pearl Abyss is quietly becoming the next Activision/Blizzard, NCSoft, Tencent’s of the world. With the acquisition of Eve Online (CCP), it’s close partnership with Kakao who now owns PUBG (Bluehole Inc.) and offices in S. Korea, Netherlands, USA, and subsidiary offices in Russia, Japan, S. America, Turkey and Thailand, Pearl Abyss is not going away anytime soon.

If they’d allow me to easily DUO (mid grade) my gear in BDO without paying real money, I’d happily come back to it.

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Arktouros

You could probably not farm anything and just collect free rewards and have enough to hit DUO in the game. Hitting DUO is extremely easy even with a modicum of effort. If you were complaining about TRI, where gear starts to fail backwards, okay that’s frustrating and I’d get that, but DUO? Common.

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baddblud

This^

I am in the middle of getting duo on a couple of toons and have had little issue. I just bought the tri weapons and saved the hassle!

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Koshelkin

I think +15 is far more annoying than duo(even tri for that matter) especially on boss gear.

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Toy Clown

I never spent real cash to get my gear together. I saw it as a long-term thing and did all my own enchanting, gathering my own relics and boss scrolls. It can be done without paying cash, unless you want it all “now”. But you can be in top gear within 2-6 months, depending on how much you play.

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Arktouros

Can’t stress this enough. I am super against paying for gear systems and basically refuse to buy Artisans/Costumes to Sell/Melt. After playing for 2 years I’m 254 AP in full TET gear and TRI Accessories while mostly doing lifeskills. That doesn’t mean I haven’t spent money on the game but nothing like this. All depends on how fast you want to get there.

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Alex Hyer

Doesn’t really come off as an archery class to me.

It looks like another magic caster, imo.

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Pepperzine

I wish Black Desert had some character customization options that gave you the option to look like an actual person. All the body options (aside from berserker and including this new class) are too “perfect” for me to relate to.

When that happens I have difficulty committing to the avatar as I never really get immersed. A few additional body and age options for each class would go a long way to add more diversity.

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Bannex

Ah yes the pitfalls of the digital barbie world.

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Pepperzine

It’s always disappointing to me, I understand why they want their characters to look like that but it sucks they don’t allow people to deviate from it. Alas, it’s not the game for me anyway due to other issues I have with it, but maybe if I could relate to my character I would be able to overlook them to enjoy it for at least a little while.

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Arktouros

I find the customizer pretty good all around but takes a long time to really get good at. Can’t comment too much on the body options other than to say I’ve seen some pretty extreme examples of…thiccness.

Age on the other hand is difficult but not impossible and it takes a lot of tweaking to get right. I’m particularly proud of my Musa which I tried to aim for more of an aged Oded Fehr look (below) while escaping the asian features base. A lot of it has to do with face shape and playing the shape off the wrinkles right. Equally it was very challenging to get my Wizard (original one) to go the opposite direction but I managed to make him look middle aged instead of ancient.

Either way I get it, took me a long time.

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