Black Desert has officially transitioned back to Pearl Abyss – and now it’s free-to-grab for two weeks

    
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Black Desert was supposed to be back up last night, but if you stayed up for the Pearl Abyss relaunch, you know that it didn’t go smoothly, with processing and login errors and connection snafus. But early this morning, Pearl Abyss had declared victory, and now, today is expected to be the first full day of the game back completely in Pearl Abyss’ hands alongside its console and mobile brethren, which means it’s time for promos! The game is back on Steam now and will be free-to-grab there and on the official site until March 10th, so if you’ve never played, now is the time to at least get yourself an account.

As compensation for the extra outage on top of the transfer maintenance mode (which comes out to a total of 42 hours of downtime), the studio is granting everyone who’s already transferred as well as new players in the next few days a bundle with a Blessing of Old Moon Pack, Supreme Old Moon Scrolls, and Heartfelt Gift Boxes. “Besides the login issues, we’re currently investigating the additional issues that have been reported so far,” the studio said this morning, presumably referring to the Steam and inventory issues people are bringing up on Twitter. “If you encounter any other kind of issue, we ask that you contact us via Support Center to receive further assistance.”

PA is also running a coupon code – 0225 WE ARE THE ONE – until the same date; the code unlocks an Enhancement Help Kit II, Arcana Fate Box, Black Spirit’s Special Dice Box, and the Together As One title. In fact, the code works on console as well (though you won’t get the Arcana of Fate).

Finally, if you haven’t transferred your account from Kakao yet, you still can, but just know that you have only until May 31st. PA has a video guide to helping you through the process:

Source: Press release, Steam, official site
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Tandor

I took the decision by the developers to terminate my account and delete all game data if I didn’t jump through some account creation and tranfer hoops as an excellent opportunity to determine for good that I wouldn’t be going back to what I found a rather disappointing game despite the occasional feeling of “Perhaps I’ll give it another try” that I often get when I drop a game. So I’ve taken them up on their offer to send me on my way!

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Daniel Veit

Thanks for the update on BDO. My wife and I both downloaded it today. So far, it looks beautiful. We have not left the character creator yet. That may take some time.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I really enjoy BDO’s combat, but when I realized that any QoL I wanted would cost more money than I wanted to spend, I said goodbye. I’ve checked and confirmed that I am not an ATM.

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Arktouros

Even worse for the lifeskill side of things. Like everything there has a cash shop upgrade, it’s really nuts.

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Lily Cheng

Yeah it’s so stupid that people can pay to support the developer in order to get a 20% exp buff or time reduction crafting or other minor such buffs. These should all be free so I don’t have to pay for such things and those who do keep the game running should not be given benefits compared to those of us who pay nothing.

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Lily Cheng

I know right, it’s absolutely ridiculous that you have to pay things in the game to improve your experience. I should be able to get full access to everything in the game without having to pay a dime please. I should only be incentivized to buy things that not everybody wants like cosmetics and never anything that everyone would want to buy at some point as a long-term player.

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Vanquesse V

the redemtion code in the news story is missing a character. Here are 6 codes I know about:
0225-WEAR-ETHE-ONE!
JKSC-OUPO-N50A-RTME
BDOT-RANS-FERT-WEET
0225-2021-ENDL-AIVE
ENDL-AIVE-0225-2021
PEAR-LABY-SSST-REAM
And finally a link that explains the redemtion proccess (they’ve hidden it well)
https://www.sea.playblackdesert.com/News/Notice/Detail?boardNo=2839&countryType=en-US

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styopa

This should be interesting.
I have a confirmation of my account transfer from Kakao, and a confirmation of my account transfer from PA back on 2/10.
Now I can’t log in to Pearl Abyss, have asked to email my pw a few times, no email, and when I do the ‘find my account’ they can’t find anything with my name/birthdate (to be fair, I rarely use my real name in online accounts, so I’m not sure what name to use in the recovery).

Hm.

EDIT: my stupid, apparently that was the Southeast Asia BDO page. :|

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ghoulas

I did try BDO lately out of curiosity. It was doing ok for a long period of time so I said let’s hop in. First impressions are very good, Combat is fluid graphics are great. Mobs are unique and interesting, but as you go “deeper in the woods” the game mechanics are shallow and empty, Most all of the actions are revolving around AFK’in. I stopped playing the moment i realized I wasn’t actively doing anything for 90% of the gametime. Everything revolves around silver and the best way to earn silver is either keeping your computer on 24/7 or endless mob grind in one spot.
If you like that than it’s ok but I thing the beautiful graphics in this game are wasted potential as they could fit this in some flash player facebook style game.

I didnt try PvP so maybe here is where the game shines.

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Louie

This is my take on the game as well. I’m hoping Crimson Desert will take the better ideas of BDO and make it a little more active in all respects.

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Arktouros

It’s likely to be just as grindy/repetitive as Black Desert from what we’ve seen.

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ghoulas

This is sad news. Why to put grind into co-op RPG game?

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Arktouros

Sort of.

While you’re heavily incentivized for keeping your computer on and the game AFK/playing the reality is that most AFK sources of income are extremely minor in the long scheme of things. Like last I remember AFK fishing couldn’t even break 10m/hr where as most active grinding spots could yield 40-50m/hr. There are other ways to make silver as well but they require time and investment, and grinding is by far the most simplest path towards silver.

So the whole “you have to AFK play this game” isn’t really accurate, but if you hate doing the same thing over and over again to make gains then typically yes you will have a bad time of this game (and most other sandbox like games as well).