Black Desert Online

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Daum Games Europe
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Release Date: March 3, 2016

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'Black Desert Online' Celebrates First Anniversary, 3.4 Million Characters Created

by Rainier on March 3, 2017 @ 8:30 a.m. PST

Black Desert Online is an open-world action MMORPG with next-generation visuals and skill-based combat that rejuvenates the genre.

With the deepest character customization of any game currently on the market, Black Desert Online allows for unprecedented detail in character creation. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed world, and extensive lore will enthrall both newcomers and veterans of MMO games and action RPGs.

The upcoming Western release will differ in many ways from the already launched Russian and Korean services, such as the game's balancing, progression and monetization model.

Since Black Desert Online’s launch in North American and European territories exactly one year ago, players have been up to all sorts of curious deeds. How many pints of beer did you say they drank? Check out the new infographic for a more in-depth look into how players are choosing to spend their time in Pearl Abyss’s critically acclaimed MMORPG.

Until March 12, you can save 30% when purchasing the Traveler’s Package or 50% when opting for the Explorer’s Package. Visit the website for more information and to order your Black Desert Online game pass.

In addition, all current Black Desert Online players who created an account and character will receive four 20% discount coupons for use in the in-game Pearl Shop. These coupons can be applied to every Pearl Shop category except Pearl Boxes and Loyalty based items. The coupons will be awarded between March 1 and March 12. Please note that it can take approximately five days for the coupons to arrive.

All players will also receive gifts via in-game mail and special GM events will let players take on some fearsome bosses. The Black Desert Online team has more special events planned for the coming days, so keep an eye on the official website for details!

Black Desert Online’s anniversary this week coincides with the addition of an all-new playable class: the Dark Knight. Available since Wednesday, March 1, the Dark Knight specializes in extinguishing the life force of her enemies using her two-handed Kriegsmesser sword or fearsome dark magic attacks.

Black Desert Online is so much bigger and better than it was one year ago! Let's review some of the major content updates the game has gotten so far.

  • Mediah Part One Expansion: Just a few weeks after launch, Black Desert Online’s world size increased by 30% with the first part of the Mediah Expansion, also adding over 1,000 new quests, the Kzarka boss, the Crimson Battlefield―instanced 40v40 skirmishes―and more.
  • Musa and Maehwa Classes: This pair of playable characters freshened up Black Desert Online’s roster with their wholly different playstyles. The Musa is at his best when dashing across the battlefield to dispatch enemies with powerful AoE attacks, while the Maehwa specializes in one-on-one combat with the impressive ability to lock down single targets for an extended amount of time.
  • Mediah Part Two Expansion: Ahoy mateys! Part Two of the Mediah Expansion added the delightfully pirate-themed Kuit Islands, as well as Tungrad Forest and Hasrah Dungeon, high-level areas filled with new enemy types including ancient golems.
  • Valencia Part One Expansion: Valencia Part One brought a huge desert area, complete with a new sandstorm weather effect, as well as camel and elephant mounts. Black Desert Online’s world size was again increased by 30% and new quests allowed players to continue the main storyline.
  • Ninja and Kunoichi Classes: The Ninja and Kunoichi came out of the shadows in July 2016. Designed to land precise, deadly strikes, both the Ninja and Kunoichi can conceal themselves until the time is right. When in a tight spot, Ninjas can also make use of stun and debuff techniques to regain the upper hand, while the Kunoichi prefers to deflect attacks with her trusty Kunai.
  • Valencia Part Two Expansion: Valencia Part Two takes players to Muiquun, an abandoned town known as the Land of Outlaws, and Arehaza, a small fishing community located east of the Great Valencian Desert. Also of note are the outdoor dungeons Aakman Temple and Hystria Ruins, as well as a terrifying lineup of new enemies, one of which is Nouver―one of the biggest world bosses in Black Desert Online.
  • Class Awakenings: Class Awakenings allow characters level 56 and up to equip a special new weapon and develop a playstyle that rounds out their weaknesses in combat. Mastering your class Awakening involves knowing when to switch from one weapon to another to make the best of each situation.
  • Margoria Expansion: Black Desert Online received a host of groundbreaking features with the Margoria Expansion, including guild-vs-guild naval combat, underwater monster hunting, and ship construction. Set sail on the beautiful Margoria ocean, but keep an eye out for dangerous storms, ghost ships, and rival players, looking to get their hands on your newly found loot.

Key Features

  • A beautifully designed open world that’s as expansive as it is alive
  • Heart-pounding skill-based combat
  • Unprecedented character customization with incredible detail
  • Crisp next-generation graphics
  • Extensive open world PvP modes (Arena mode, guild vs guild, node wars, castle siege, and more)
  • Engaging story with deep lore and epic quests
  • Unique farming system - grow and perfect your crops
  • A personalized stable - catch, tame, and breed wild horses
  • Deep crafting, housing, fishing, hunting, and alchemy systems
  • Intuitive action gameplay complete with gamepad support

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