Desert Oasis: Getting hyped for Pearl Abyss’ Crimson Desert

No, Crimson Desert won't be the death of Black Desert

    
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Curbing my enthusiasm is something I constantly work on, so when the announcement for Crimson Desert made its rounds, I was both excited and cautious. I knew this was just going to be an early announcement of the project, so I wasn’t expecting many details to come from it, but from what I saw, I’m neither preparing for the death of Black Desert nor jumping on couches proclaiming my excitement. I’m in the middle, and that’s a good place to be (except maybe if you’re the middle of a desert).

It’s disappointing that Crimson Desert isn’t actually part of the Black Desert universe, and I guess Pearl Abyss is planning on treating this and any future flagships the same way Square treats Final Fantasy: sequels in name and theme. It would’ve been a great universe to grow through the years, but I think the company is just done with working on that story and just wants to start fresh. The Black Desert storyline is just really hard to follow, and aside from some fan sites, a community never really grew around the lore. Even the knowledge tab in the game is pretty vague. If the announcement is to be believed, then the storytelling will be a much more central part of the game. It’s a 180 from the design decisions made with Black Desert, where the gameplay and graphics came before the storytelling.

How awesome would it be to see Nouver out in this new game? He could be the series equivalent to Final Fantasy’s chocobo!

The trailer made me feel as if I was watching an episode of Game of Thrones too. Those big, fluffy shoulder pads (or are they shoulder pelts?), the Scottish accents, all that talk about how “things are different here,” and imagery of a sinister looking man holding a bloody crown just screams grimdark fantasy drama. It unironically makes me wonder where all the mini skirts and high heels fit in because you know Pearl Abyss will still go there. I am not ashamed to admit how sexy Black Desert is and hope PA keeps that. It would be a mistake not to, especially since this is the company’s next flagship. But I have a feeling the devs will tone it down, if only for the sake of a wider western appeal. If that is the case, I hope PA doesn’t get rid of high heels. I like my fantasy games with plenty of high heels.

At the same time, the moves PA is making toward wider appeal are great. My big takeaway is that the studio is doing something Korean MMOs don’t traditionally focus on: narrative and the chance to enjoy the story without worrying about getting ganked (at least that’s the impression the trailer gave). And while the team did imply that there’s still going to be open world PvP, I imagine it’s at least considering PvE-only servers, and many of our commenters expressed that same sentiment in the last article.

As for those graphics, they’re gorgeous, but that’s already a given with all the work PA has clearly put into it already. My main concern is more about the overall feel of the game: Black Desert felt like an even heavier Dark Souls, and for the sequel, I hope the game feels a little “lighter” and things don’t always get caught up in the geography.

Overall, so far so good. I am confident in Pearl Abyss, but for this outing, I certainly hope the studio listens to its players!

The Great Valencian Black Desert is a dangerous place, but thankfully there’s always a chance for respite. Join Massively OP’s Carlo Lacsina every other week for just that in Desert Oasis, our Black Desert column! And don’t worry; he promises he won’t PK you. Got questions or comments? Please don’t hesitate to send a message!

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Toy Clown

There isn’t enough information to create any solid thoughts around it yet. All I can say is I’m mildly intrigued, wondering if this MMO will have more social features (a.k.a.) no forced PvP.

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Bluxwave

From reading the comments, I had the feel… What game are people playing then thats so great?

I admit BDO is not the best… far far from it.

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kajidourden

I’ve gotta see some gameplay before I care. If it’s another unbalanced PvP shitshow then I have no interest.

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Orenj

All I can say is, I’m never starting another animation-locked game. It’s not the combat that bothers me, it’s non-combat, especially mounts, ESPECIALLY boats. I can’t count the amount of time I spend waiting for my Kzarka-blessed boat/char to play some stupid movement animation before it will respond to what I’m trying to do. I don’t know if their engine (or their dev culture) is irrevocably wed to this, but I’m going to be taking a long, hard look at how controls work in any new game they release before they see another dime from me.

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Khrome

Please, no, not the same shitty skimpy bullshit every mmo ever already did to death…

The costumes ruined the otherwise consistent aesthetic of the game. Please don’t advertise for yet another high heel miniskirt paradise in a setting like this. We have Aion and BDO and AA for that, even FF14…. Please let people who play female characters have costumes which actually look *good* for once.

Give me good looking costumes with flat feet and proper skin cover. Yeah, they can follow the shape a bit like they do for males mostly, but half naked “plate” armor *really* needs to go the way of the dodo when the male equivalent is more bulked out than fort knox.

Tizmah
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Tizmah

Most of the games you listed give options for that. Shockingly, females and males alike enjoy dressing skimpy too.

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Khrome

My problem is that it’s the only thing they offer.

BDO in particular: My sorceress has only three outfits which don’t sport high heels. All 3 of them are cash shop only items, you cant even get them from the marketplace. The other 30+ are just utterly ridiculous.

They just need to add some non-skimpy, non-high heel options to characters whose primary strength is supposed to lie in their mobility and close range combat.

Valkyrie is even worse though. Even though she has a metal breastplate (with microskirt) there’s boob physics on it. That class is just shafted altogether.

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Dug From The Earth

Hard pass if they are using the same graphics engine. Can’t stand the pop in.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

i want to see how it is performance-wise and cash shop wise first before i get excited at all. bdo is janky. i have a fantastic rig and the pop in is borderline unacceptable.

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Natalyia

It’s not going to be a simple thing to “fix” – all that time you spend loading in MMOs with zones has to be done on-the-fly in a game like BDO, and with fast horses you can reveal a lot of new stuff in a very short amount of time – and it’s not easy to predict ahead of time, and if you guess wrong, you’ll make the popin worse as you’ll be loading assets you’re not going to use instead of the ones you are.

Long draw distances leading to giant cities with multiple levels-of-detail in a huge world that you can rapidly traverse are always going to make it difficult. There’s room to improve, obviously, but eliminating it entirely is probably not a realistic expectation.

It’s not impossible to minimize it, but neither is it something easy to just “fix”.

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Baemir

The SOE/Daybreak devs (who get a lot of shit from the MMO community) pulled it off several years ago with PlanetSide 2. That game has almost zero significant technical issues despite the massive maps.

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feleran

I have a different worry. So far Black Desert has been the only MMO (or game overall) that I couldn’t play: Baltic countries are region-blocked. I wonder why that is :/

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wratts

Didn’t they end up with a publisher conflict between RU and EU publishing arms? Think you guys just fell in a business hole iirc

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feleran
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wratts

Waiting for more information, but the trailer definitely has a very familiar look/feel to BDO. So long as it has the expansive open world and the variety of non-combat activities alongside the combat, I can at least imagine switching over.

I do find it curious to introduce this now, since BDO is still on something of a peak in MMO space and there are still a number of people who drop a good amount of cash in the game every year. If they’re moving off the platform, I know my purchases will slow down.