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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' Developer Pearl Abyss Takes Over As Publisher, Reveals Upcoming Content - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2020 @ 11:32 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.

Travel through the lands in search of treasure and adventure or become one of the top craftsmen in the land. Set up trade routes and breed horses or compete against other guilds in epic siege warfare.

Starting February 24, 2021 Pearl Abyss will consolidate both publishing and development of Black Desert Online, previously serviced by long-time partner Kakao Games.

The company also announced the content roadmap for Black Desert Online, Black Desert Console and Black Desert Mobile for the first half of 2021. For the first time ever, the franchise will receive a new class, Nova, simultaneously across all platforms on December 22.

Nova, the 21st class to join Black Desert Online, crushes her foes with a morning-star and tower shield. She is the lost heiress of Calpheon, one of the major power centres in the games’ story which is currently ruled by an elected council. Aside from heavy strikes from her morning star and shield, Nova can issue various commands. This allows her to summon spectral guardians from the heart of her shield and she can summon talons of frost to strike down her foe. Nova is a strategic frontline fighter that’s ready to take back her throne with an icy vengeance. Players will be able to be able to ‘pre-create’ their Nova on December 16 with the full release coming out on December 22.

Look forward to a plethora of new content across all platforms coming December 22, including:

  • A New Champion Joins the Fray! 
    • Meet Nova,  a strategic frontline fighter and former princess of Calpheon,  wields a morning-star and tower shield to devastating effect, as she fights to reclaim the throne she was once-promised. Nova can summon royal guards from the heart of her shield to defend her or create talons of frost to strike down her foes. Nova is the 21st class to join Black Desert Online and Black Desert Console and the 13th class added for mobile
    • While Nova isn’t available to play just yet, Adventurers can start pre-creating their Nova starting on December 15 for mobile, and on the 16th for console and PC.
  • Enter The Great Desert on Black Desert Mobile
    • This new expansion will launch alongside on December 22nd for Black Desert Mobile. The Great Desert expansion is centered around the Black Spirit, an ancient anomaly that crashed into the desert in ancient times. Unique content like excavation that allow Adventurers to discover treasurer in the desert and new mount like the royal elephant and camel will be available on December 22.
Also unveiled are a number of features and game modes coming to Black Desert on multiple platforms in the first half of 2021, including:
  • Black Desert Online and Black Desert Console will launch new PvP content, including massive battles between Calpheon and Valencia, with Adventurers from across all servers able to join the fray. 
  • Additionally, new 10 v 10 PVP “crew battles” are planned for early 2021. 
  • Upcoming adjustments to Node Wars - a large scale PvP mode where guilds duke it out for territory ownership - will make it so that players can launch right into the mode from their own camp.
To celebrate all the announcements and to thank the community, all adventurers regardless of their prefered platform can get rewards of cool items. PC players, console players and mobile players will each receive unique rewards.

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

Get a free 7-day trial for Black Desert Online here.

Black Desert Online is currently available PC, as well as PS4 and Xbox One (titled Black Desert).


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