Black Desert delays season servers on PC, adds Margoria on console, as Shadow Arena sees 5K concurrent players


Black Desert’s PC version is gearing up for summer, which means a deluge of events under the “Waiting for Summer” banner. Players will be collecting Fughar’s lost crystal shards and tracking down Jimmy Brooks. Pearl Abyss has also tweaked monsters in Star’s End and fixed a handful of bugs. The bad news is that the season servers, which were set to open today, have been delayed indefinitely.

On the console side of the game, Xbox One and PS4 players are seeing everything twice! No not really; they’re just seeing twice as much as before, as their world has doubled with the addition of the Great Ocean of Margoria (aka Magoria on console, it seems). You are a pirate.

“Today Pearl Abyss launched the Great Ocean of Margoria, a new region for Black Desert players to explore on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The region of Magoria, which lies north-west of the mainland, is a beautiful ocean filled with new treasures and life that doubles the size of the Black Desert world. […] However, take heed – it will not be all smooth sailing. The Great Ocean of Magoria is also home to a host of new monsters and threats, including sea monsters that, when slain, will reward Adventurers handsomely.

Finally, we were curious how Shadow Arena’s early access is doing, so we poked our noses in. While overall reviews are mixed, it’s got quite a pile of them, with the biggest complaints being about the game’s monetization (it’s free-to-play, but it’ll cost you quite a bit to unlock playable toons) and character balance. SteamCharts says that in the last 30 days, the game’s peaked at around 5000 concurrent players. PA is also teasing the next character:

Source: Console patch notes, PC patch notes, press release

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The Season servers have pulled my interest back into BDO due to hitting an equipment ceiling wall awhile back on my main. I’m looking forward to the equipment upgrades, which I can use for my main, as well as create an equipment trickle-down effect that will help upgrade character #2 and #3.

I’m still stuck on what to play, though! Character creation in BDO never came easy for me, and I’ve spent dozens of hours creating and tweaking the characters I have. Just trying to get over that mental hump.


I’m pretty sure the season rewards are only tet items, so shouldn’t be at the progress wall. Until you’re full tet everything, game has super achievable progress.


If you fully PEN everything in the season, which isn’t as hard as it sounds, you’ll end up with the equivalent of full boss TET armor/weapons and full TRI accessories. All that gear will remain after the season as well. So pretty big jump if you wanted to reroll or do a new class for sure.


Seasons being delayed is a bit of a bummer. They look good, and they’re released in the rest of the regions. This likely means Kakao dropped the ball on something.

Rest is a bit misleading from them.

World size doubling with Magoria sounds impressive, but it’s like all 90% empty ocean. There’s a token amount of land on the other side and a few underwater ruins for a quest but for the most part you’re going to forget it’s even there until Bartering gets implemented.

Also Shadow Arena started with 5k players but now hasn’t broke 1000 in a long while. As 100% called and predicted it’s dead on arrival. South Korean developers have no concept of what internet is like in the rest of the world and ignore any feedback given to them regarding it. Related/unrelated, Crucible is basically the same.

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I put about 45 mins into each of them and knew right away what those curves were going to look like.


World doubling is comparable to Eve Online insisting they have the largest online world. Well, yes, most of it is literally nothing but a distant backdrop.