Black Desert adds devour system, privacy mode, and new battle royale classes with Lunar New Year update

    
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Lunar New Year descends on Black Desert today, which means players will be dipping into no less than three events: Cakewalk, in which you’ll be bashing mobs and fishing up fish for items to get Moon Rice Cakes for rewards; Serbianca’s Vouchers, where unsurprisingly you’ll be looting said vouchers and swapping them for logs; and the Mammore hunt, in which you’ll be hunting down a werewolf with your huting rifle in exchange for goodies. Next week will see the return of Valentine’s Day events too.

And beyond events? “We are excited to introduce two new additions to our game: the Devour system, which allows you to convert enhanced gear into Enhancement Chances, and the Privacy Mode for those lone wolves that do not like to be disturbed,” Kakao says. Additionally, “Black Spirit’s Rage can now be used to inflict Injury on enemies, which will prevent them from recovering HP as efficiently.”

And over on the battle royale side, the Musa and Kunoichi join the fray as playable classes.

Source: Patch notes
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Rick Mills

So I assume “Privacy Mode” is likened to “Offline Mode” in Battle.net, and has nothing to do with turning off PvP..

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Arktouros

The big news missed this week is changes to the Shadow Arena (Battle Royale) reward system. The big part of it basically rewards players an additional tier of rewards should you make it towards the final 20 players but only if you have a Kama Blessing active.

For those unaware, Kamasylvia’s Blessing is an energy/loot increase buff that is sold in the cash shop for $12.50 with a 15 day duration, or $24 to keep running for a full month. It adds +2 Energy regen to the 1 energy every 3 minutes you regen while also providing a % to loot drop increase.

The move was presumably done to add value to the buff, which doesn’t work when you are in Shadow Arena since Shadow Arena effectively counts your character as “offline” in there not giving you any additional energy regen. However the side effect has been effectively creating a second subscription to the game on top of the Value Pack that most players already run at $15/mo as well. You can choose not to run it but then you are giving up on significant rewards such as top end game accessories as drops for being successful in the game mode.

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Dankey Kang

Wow, they really are total scumbags. Just when you think BDO can’t get any more stupid/greedy, it does.

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Josh Whipkey

What is stupid/greedy about trying to raise the value of a product you are selling? This game isn’t a charity for a bunch of freeloading cheapskates. If you don’t want to spend money on the game, you don’t have to. No need to begrudge other folks getting more value for their dollar.