black desert

Get Black Desert on Steam
Official Site: Black Desert (EN), Black Desert (KR)
Studio: Pearl Abyss/Daum Games
Launch Date: March 3, 2016
Genre: Fantasy Hybrid Sandbox
Business Model: B2P (Cash Shop) in the West (F2P elsewhere)
Platform: PC

The Daily Grind: How can we solve Reddit’s gaming ‘tragedy of the commons’ problem?

In dealing with the ArenaNet fallout over the last couple of weeks, I started giving serious thought to the Reddit problem in gaming, and I’m not just talking about the overt hate groups allowed to fester there. You know how one of the rules of thumb for MMORPG communities for the longest time was never go to the official forums because you’d come away feeling depressed and dejected, believing the game community was a hot mess and your class was most assuredly the most broken? Reddit is like that, only nobody there cares enough about fixing it to see it through, and so we’ve got a tragedy of the commons problem playing out in cyberspace.

When game companies owned their own discussion spaces, most of them at least made some modicum of effort to keep them respectable. Oh, sure, some took that way too far and deleted criticism, but most, barring the very biggest, tamped down on toxicity because that space reflected on them. They cared. This is how I feel about our own comment section, incidentally, because our team owns this site and cares about the conversations we have here, unlike many other sites owned by corporate groups that don’t even care if comments exist at all.

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The MOP Up: Star Trek Online’s DS9 expansion gets a console release date (July 14, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from ElswordEVE OnlineSoulworker OnlineLeague of LegendsRealm RoyaleSurvived ByEverQuest IIProsperous UniverseBlack Desert Mobile, and Star Trek Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Black Desert takes nodes and conquest offline for a new ruleset

When Black Desert updates on July 18th, new rules for Node and Conquest Wars will be getting rolled out along with the other changes. In order to facilitate this, the developers are ending the current battles for conquest on July 14th, which is this Sunday. The conflict will remain unavailable until July 22nd, when players can once again resume the fine art of smashing one another in the face to gain control of the landscape.

The official announcement does not mention what these changes will be, but as an international game players already suspect that it’s going to be the ruleset Korean players have been dealing with for some time. The down side is that these rules are almost universally reviled on the Korean servers, so the thread is full of people begging the developers to not make this change. So this may not be a case of players eagerly anticipating the wars resuming on July 22nd, in other words.


Battle Bards Episode 124: Old MMOs, new music

It’s a catch-all, catch-up episode for the Battle Bards as they dig through new soundtrack releases from MMORPGs that they’ve covered in the past! You may be prepared for an eclectic and enjoyable mix of music — but there is no way that you can steel yourself for the raw and heartfelt confessions that take place on this show.

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 124: Old MMOs, new music (or download it) now:

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Black Desert launches a cross-regional ‘Global Lab’ test server

So many games have test servers of one form or another that we seldom even need to spell out the acronym PTS – and now one more MMORPG is moving itself to that pile. Black Desert has opened up its “Global Lab,” and it actually reminds me more of something like Ultima Online’s multi-region free-for-all temporary servers, as it’ll include boosts and other tweaks for characters being played there. Nope, you can’t transfer existing characters there.

“We are launching the first Global Lab server to help improve the stability of new updates on the live servers,” Kakao says. “Through the new server we will open game content in development earlier so that we can test them as well. Thus the Global Lab server will already have characters pre-created depending on the test purpose and some game money will be provided so that you can test the characters fully. The servers settings may also be changed so that you can gain items and raise your character faster. Similarly, the Global Lab server may be reset or the service may be suspended at any time in order to analyze the feedback as quickly as possible so that we can apply the feedback as much as we can into live service.”

The test environment does require a separate client download, and apparently it won’t work for EU players, in spite of the fact that Kakao is located in the EU. Expect a reset every two weeks.

Source: Official site. Thanks, Arktouros!


Black Desert patches in a new tag system for on-the-fly character swaps

It’s always nice when your army of characters on a given MMO can be useful for you at all times, and Black Desert’s latest patch makes that happen. The new character tag system lets you swap out your character on the fly for another tagged character of your choice, meaning that you can hop from being a helpless low-level character struggling with a quest to a max-level dynamo for just a few moments. So now leveling multiple characters is planning for the future, not just always making new alts!

Of course, the system does have restrictions. Players cannot swap in the sea, in the desert, or during Node/Conquest wars; there’s also a five-minute cooldown between swaps. The tagged character also cannot buy or sell trade items, nor can trade items be moved from inventory to storage. So you can’t just make the tagged character handle your shopping and such. But you can no doubt come up with interesting things with this mechanic; check out the full patch notes to see the other ways things have been rebalanced and improved.


Perfect Ten: Best MMO debuts by year, 2007-2017

Continuing from my previous column, I’m going to be running through the second decade of graphical MMORPG launches and picking the best title to debut in any given year. From doing the first decade, I know that this thought exercise isn’t always fair; some years have several great contenders, while others see one mediocre one rise due to a lack of competition.

Still, it’s kind of fun to look back at MMO history and to see which game was really the best of that year. And if you ever felt sore that a particular title got overlooked, well, consider this a retroactive awards ceremony of some sort.

Let’s dive right in where we left off with 2007!

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Black Desert offers new swimwear for players in its latest patch

Based on geography and weather patterns, it is probably hot where you live right now if you live in the United States. Quite possibly unusually hot, even! Your characters in Black Desert might not complain about the heat, but they can at least help you live vicariously through them with the new swimsuit options, allowing you to replace underwear with something more suitable to beach-diving. There’s a screenshot contest too, if you’re so inclined.

The patch also adds in new fixes to Accuracy for summoned creatures, new adjustments to sailboat gear, and an array of balance tweaks throughout the game. If, however, you’re not too interested in any of that and mostly just want to get ready for the next big launch for the game when it arrives on consoles, a recent press release confirms that it’s slated for this fall, so it’s not that far off! No word yet if you’ll be able to get yourself in a swimsuit right away, though.

Source: Official Site, Pearl Abyss press release


Black Desert has reopened its renovated waterpark for the summer

Bring your board shorts and your sunscreen because summer has arrived in Black Desert! Just kidding, it’s an MMO, so get your thongs and your bizarre animal-shaped floaties!

Yep, the Terrmian Waterpark is opening once again for the season in Kakao’s MMORPG, and yes, it’ll be a safe zone this year (so no ganking on the beach!). There’s new stuff this round; you’ll have until July 18th to pop giant clams, shoot coconut cannons, cliff-dive, explore the ghost ship, shoot at water balloons, try a jumping puzzle, test your strength, hunt for treasure, harpoon fishies, and tend the whales.

I love this job.

Kakao is also running its Mysteries of Summer event starting tomorrow; it’s pushing out new login rewards, the Katan awakening weapon, gear engraving, and yet another revision to accuracy effects and CC tweaks. “We once again apologize to all of our adventurers who have experienced difficulty, particularly for the Witch and Wizard. We will endeavor to show faster response to all of your concerns and reports,” says the studio.

Source: Patch notes, waterpark splash page (pun intended)


Massively OP Podcast Episode 176: Guild Wars 2, The Crew 2, and Elder Scrolls too

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin agree that two is the best number in the world, especially when it comes to video games! It’s a hodge-podge of topics, including Guild Wars 2’s latest episode, The Crew 2’s launch, Trion Worlds’ Gazillion acquisition, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Pearl Abyss offers a maddening glimpse at its top-secret Project K

While Project K is still under wraps over at Pearl Abyss, the studio did sneak a very brief teaser about the game into a company video. All we know is that the title is an online FPS made by Counter-Strike creator Minh Le and will come out for PC and Xbox One.

“I’m super excited to have joined Pearl Abyss recently,’ Minh Le said. “I’ve been a huge fan of their work on Black Desert, and I’ve been working on a brand-new FPS title with them. I’m surrounded by a ton of talented developers here, and I’m super excited develop a fantastic game for them. Thanks for checking us out and I look forward to showing you our title soon.”

The video does show some concept art and character models, all of which point to a contemporary-to-futuristic setting. Get that glimpse after the break!

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One Shots: I have had just about enough of you!

There are certain locales and cutscenes in MMORPGs that I’ve noticed get screenshotted more than most, and none seem to be quite as popular as the fisticuffs/rebar scene from Secret World Legends. Are we all so bloodthirsty or is it just such an epic moment of vengeance that we can’t help ourselves?

Hirku sure couldn’t: “Off-topic this week because I played SWL’s Last Train to Cairo storyline for the first time last night and wanted to share my pics of kicking Saddur’s ass.”

That poor guy’s been impaled more times than a YouTube video of a girl telling us her opinion about cutoffs has gotten comments. That analogy totally ran away with me. MOVING ON.

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