Pearl Abyss drops new Crimson Desert screenshots and design notes

    
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Pearl Abyss drops new Crimson Desert screenshots and design notes

So, other than MOP’s Carlo (who’s absolutely losing his mind over the game), who’s hyped for Pearl Abyss’ Crimson Desert? Because the Korean mega-studio is cranking up the ol’ hype machine for the upcoming MMORPG, which it announced just a month ago at G-Star. The official website has been updated with a chunk of new info and screenshots, including reiteration that the game started out as a bit of a lore prequel for Black Desert as we suspected, “but during development Pearl Abyss added more unique and original elements to Crimson Desert that gives the game entirely new lands, narratives, and characters.”

“Story & Theme – The character featured in the Crimson Desert key art is Macduff, son of Martinus. He’s the leader of a band of mercenaries, struggling with the responsibilities of leadership and the survival of those who rely on him.

Character Development – Throughout the lands of Pywel, each character has their own unique backgrounds and tales to tell, affecting everything from the decisions they make to the gear they equip.

Singleplayer & MMORPG content – Crimson Desert offers an immersive single-player campaign teeming with engaging quests based on the exploits of many mercenaries you’ll find available for hire. In addition, fans can expect a vast amount of more online multiplayer content as seen in traditional MMORPGs.”

PC and console beta is still slated for 2020, which is pretty fast turnaround for an MMO that’s only been in production since last year. Check out the new pics!

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Source: Official site, press release

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Harlow Games

Ughh.. Both Crimson Desert and New World seem to have so much promise, but are abandoning true MMO design for niche markets, and it sucks. I just want an open world, sandboxy MMO a la SWG,(and maybe a bit of BDO) that has some engaging PvE endgame content – it doesn’t have to be raids and dungeons, but there needs to be some reason to keep playing beyond generating currency. I loved BDO, and the PvP elements didn’t bother my PvE playstyle, but at a certain point you realize there’s nothing else really to work toward.

The survival angle is so fucking boring and, in my opinion, takes away from the RPG elements that would otherwise make it enjoyable. I love trying to survive the environment, but not so much other players — I didn’t get that experience with the NW alpha. And if I wanted to play campaigns with NPCs I’d play one of the single-player RPG franchises that does it a lot better than Pearl Abyss will ever be able to.

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Baemir

As I suspected, not a real MMORPG.

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PanagiotisLial1

Singleplayer & MMORPG content – Crimson Desert offers an immersive single-player campaign teeming with engaging quests based on the exploits of many mercenaries you’ll find available for hire. In addition, fans can expect a vast amount of more online multiplayer content as seen in traditional MMORPGs

Why the above makes me think it will be a “semi-mmo”. You know games like PoE, Elite Dangerous and many others that are more just multiplayer. That doesnt mean it wont be good on its kind but seems like drifting away from being a full mmorpg

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Robert Mann

IF they do this right, removing the monetization issues that upset so many over here better after seeing what went on with BDO, and they deal with systems in a way that is less annoying to me, and they manage to not take things completely off the deep end otherwise… then they might well see me very interested.

There’s things that leave me a little on the wary side from their prior effort, but they aren’t the worse on record by any means. So I’m not opposed to them, just hoping they really look at making a variety of things interesting and nix the Asian cash shop for western release (plus price their cosmetics) a little better.

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Toy Clown

I’m watching this more out of curiosity than antyhing else, as I’m keen to know what they’re doing with mixing single-player and MMO. Other games that married the two ended up with lackluster MMO content. Pearl Abyss has created innovation in the MMO market, so I’ll just keep watching!

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3dom

Why on Earth the guy use sword and shield when there is a pistol available?! Asian devs are pros when it comes to ruining game setting with nonsensical stuff.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

For centuries, early guns were very unreliable in combat. That would be the real world historical answer for using swords and shields when hand-guns were available.

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blahlbinoa .

and gunpowder only had one shot as well

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ChoJun

Looks like they’re in close quarter environment which would mean guns are useless and a bad idea, especially if there’s melee allies… Not to mention as other said, early guns weren’t your typical cod pewpew smgs or pistols, one shot and you had to reload which took ages…

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rafael12104

I have high hopes for group content aka dungeons with Crimson Desert.

Heh. They are definitely going Game of Thrones with it.

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Baemir

Yeah, and I don’t like GoT.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

i am watching this closely. a mostly pve version of black desert with a new engine is pretty close to exactly what id like. i have ZERO trust in them nailing a story tho. bdo has one of the worst narratives, unbelievably poor dialog, abominable translation and localization, and a really poorly done and rote story. i’m being diplomatic. i love bdo, but those are just facts and i dont see them magically getting how to weave a fantastic yarn all of a sudden.

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Harlow Games

If Black Desert locked you into single-player story campaigns, perhaps. Sounds awful.