Black Desert’s Corsair awakens with swashbuckling otter crewmates on August 11

    
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The Corsair class of Black Desert already has some pretty neat tricks by all accounts. After all, being able to slice up enemies, call down a whale breaching, or temporarily transforming into a mermaid are impressive as it is. But what if she instead traded a rapier for a gunblade and mermaid powers for otter crewmates arriving on the battlefield? If that sounds like your jam, then you’ll love watching the awakened Corsair in action.

Yes, we are not making this up: The Corsair goes full swashbuckler in her awakened state, using a gunblade for slashing and blasting attacks, a grappling hook for maneuvering, and skills that summon her otter pirate crew, one of which sits atop a massive ship’s cannon. There’s even one attack where a whole mob of otters batter a boss monster in a cartoonish cloud of punching. Overall, it’s a sight to behold.

The awakened Corsair is set to land to the PC version of Black Desert on Wednesday, August 11th. In the meantime, her skills can be watched — nay, experienced — in the trailer below.

source: YouTube
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Hikari Kenzaki

Otterly Amazing.

We were kinda speculating that the Awakening would have to be some sort of gun/cannon-based attack.

If you haven’t played the Corsair, these are not the Three Otterteers, they’re her crew and they are a bunch of adorable, bumbling, idiots you wouldn’t want anywhere near a fight. Which makes this perfect.

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Arktouros

Looks completely absurd.

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ForsetiGod

Ok I’m a little confused. Her main awak weapon looks like a harpoon but the harpoon line moves come from her empty hand….would it not make more sense to have the harpoon actually launch the tethered shot? Or even have the initial shot come from the harpoon then have the line get grabbed by the empty hand? Maybe I’m not seeing it right…

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Arktouros

It’s a Harpoon Sword, twist on the classic Gun Sword.

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ForsetiGod

That, does not explain the phantom line coming from her empty hand, unless the offhand swoops in to explain it, it just looks like she’s spidermanning a line from her wrist. If it’s a harpoon sword, I’d still expect the harpoon part to make some sort of sense. Gunblades still function as a gun and a sword so I’m having a hard time understanding why this “harpoon sword” is giving her magical line shooting abilities out of her empty offhand.

Edit: tbh though if Squall had been able to swing his gunblade but shoot the gun part magically out of his offhand it would have been weirdly cool.

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Arktouros

I’d still expect the harpoon part to make some sort of sense.

Classic mistake.

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Kanbe

Well, that’s an intriguing twist lol. I don’t even play BDO at the moment but I kind of want to go back and try this insanity for myself lol.

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Vanquesse V

6 weeks between class and awakening is too long. With how leveling 1-56 goes these days even a week between the two would be too long.

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Arktouros

I still preferred Archer’s rollout with all his awakening/base kit done at once and wholly part of his character. Don’t know why they didn’t go with all future ones like that.

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Vanquesse V

It’s a question that gets brought up on reddit and steam forums basically every time a new character is announced. I don’t know if this the whole truth, but consensus seems to be that the devs don’t know their own game well enough, and don’t employ testers that do, so they launch with just base class, then spend a week or two hotfixing the blunders they made (credit where it’s due: their ability to fix most issues without downtime, and only needing a client reboot to fix tooltips is very impressive) and only then start to work on the awakening (the theme, weapon and such are decided on way before that).
It sounds like they use the better part of a month to build the awakening based on player reactions to the base class after they’re happy with the balance of it.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It’s really just simple marketing.
Put out a class
Get a bunch of new/returning players who spend money on cosmetics and 30 day buffs.
Wait until all those buffs run out and new cosmetics are available
Put out Awakening and repeat.

And it lengthens out the class life and concurrent logins.

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Vanquesse V

I wish it worked on me then. I parked my corsair at 52-ish a month ago to wait for the awakening, but I’m not sure I’m gonna bother logging in when it hits.

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Arktouros

Generally speaking the only feedback Pearl Abyss listens to is that from Korea. In the past they would release a new class on KR for a few weeks, get feedback, make adjustments so KR is happy and then release it globally to the other regions later. The main reason they stopped doing this was because Korean players complained they felt like “a test server” where PA would test things out on KR first then give the “good version” to everyone else. Now they try to aim for more global launches to avoid this.

All rumors and accounts from people who have directly interacted with PA developers show it’s a top heavy environment where people uptop make decisions and developers are supposed to make them happen even if they disagree with them. Otherwise Hikari has the right of it. New classes are probably great for sales numbers and retention as they lure people in.

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Witches

That’s how everything in Korea works so…