Black Desert is launching a battle royale mode called Shadow Arena as part of a year focused on systems clarity

    
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Pearl Abyss spent 2018 busy busy busy with its projects, among them Black Desert. To sum all that up and tease the future, Executive Producer Jae-hee Kim has a dev letter up today marking the game’s 34th month since its launch here in the west. And it sounds as if a round of simplification and streamlining might be in order, as Kim references the ripple effects that new updates have created, disrupting the rest of the game and confusing everyone.

“Our goal for this year is to make Black Desert Online even more vibrant and filled with more exciting new contents by making it an MMORPG that is easy to comprehend and enjoyed by gamers who are not used to such intensive adventures.”

That appears to include a revamp of the enhancement system and its UI, specifically in showing clear success rates, as well as a revamp of the marketplace in the form of the central market, “war on a grander scale” for a broader base of players, a complete replacement for the militia system, and more meaningful non-combat sandbox gameplay. Finally, there’s what might be the biggest item on the list: a battle royale mode called Shadow Arena.

“Black Desert Online works hard to go beyond the limitation of the MMORPG genre. The new Shadow Arena is a step in this direction. It will be easy to play even for potential Adventurers that find RPG difficult as everyone starts on a level playing field. Players that don’t have much time or find Black Desert Online difficult can enjoy the rather easily accessible game of Shadow Arena. Not only that, playing in Shadow Arena will help them grow in Black Desert Online as well. Shadow Arena follows the popular battle royale trend and allows Adventurers to fight with the same level, items, and choices of classes regardless of when they started. Shadow Arena has undergone testing since December last year on the Global Lab server. We’ve received many feedback and suggestions during this time. An Early Access version of the Shadow Arena will be launched soon and continuous improvements will be made on the content. (Exact date of release will be announced in the near future.) We will do our best to make Shadow Arena enjoyable for all Adventurers, including those who are not familiar with Black Desert Online.”

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DeadlyAccurate

And still no apparent change to make PvE combat more interesting? The enemies are just so easy to kill. I can clear out a zone multiple times without ever using anything but my main attack. All those fancy-schmancy combat affects are mostly wasted, because I rarely need to use them for anything. I’m level 51 on my main, and I have never, ever died.

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Arsin Halfmoon

This is really exciting stuff! I enjoy the pvp but I’ve always wanted one that was more pick up and play in nature to change up the pace. And this will (hopefully) be a good opportunity to try out other classes!

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Drago

Cant stand the combat in this game anyway, it’s all flash/flash/flash move tp/tp/tp then rinse and repeat, gives me a headache.. If that’s action combat give me tab targeting any day of the week.

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Robert Mann

Oh, you want that pie too? Sorry, already mostly eaten. Good luck getting some scraps.

*Hard to tell if this is in game, or an external game, or what from how they wrote about it… if in game at least it has the advantage of a training tool in game without the need for players out of game.*

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Arktouros

It’s a new in game PvP mode within Black Desert.

Think of it like them adding a new Battleground or PvP map in a game like WOW or other similar titles. It’s just an additional game mode to the existing game rather than as a stand alone title.

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Dankey Kang

They’ll find a way to make it pay to win, they just have to.

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wratts

While I’m not a BR fan, I am somewhat looking forward to trying it in BDO. The current PVP systems are so highly gear dependent that I’ve never been remotely competitive, and can’t “git gud” because I basically get stunlocked and killed in two seconds any time combat starts. My hope is that leveling the gear playing field will at least give me a chance to improve skills.

If not, I’ll just go back to fishing. At this point, BDO is mostly my “wake up with coffee and fish” game

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Arktouros

Yea that’s what I’m hoping too. The only PvP modes they got right now are basically a team death match mode and the node wars. So them adding a new mode like this could be pretty fun, especially cause it’s gear and even class agnostic (since you can get different classes at the start).

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xpsync

Too much!

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Greaterdivinity

Well, at least the streamlining and system improvements will be nice. Maybe this is the year I make a meaningful go at the game!

I’ll just pretend the BR portion doesn’t exist, largely like I do for the genre as a whole : P

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Eliandal

Just go in with NO expectations! Everything they said would NOT be in NA game, eventually was ( all the ptw stuff they swore up and down wouldn’t come here). It IS beautiful though :)!

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Armsbend

Hey Developers!
No ideas in 2019 Got You Down?
It’s got us all down!
I have a solution!
It’s easy!
Just squeeze a Battle Royale out of your rotten butthole as quickly as possible!

It’s Just That Easy!

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Arktouros

While in principle I agree, gotta say BDO has plenty of ideas/updates coming. The entire post is full of all the ideas and updates they got coming.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yep. They’ve done a lot of work on making not just new story content recently, but reworking the entire main story.

Adding more of the sandbox elements back into the game will be nice as well.