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Black Desert Online (Korean: 검은사막) is a sandbox-oriented massively multiplayer online role-playing game by Korean video game developer Pearl Abyss.[3][4] The game has been in development since 2010, and entered closed beta testing (CBT) in October 2013.[5][6][7][8] Black Desert Online uses Pearl Abyss' own "Black Desert" engine specifically created to handle the fast rendering required for its seamless world and large-scale castle sieges.[9][10] It was released in Korea in 2014, Japan and Russia in 2015, North America and Europe in 2016 and South America in 2017. Black Desert Online uses a free-to-play model in Korea, Japan and Russia,[3][11][12] while in Europe, North America and South America the game uses a buy-to-play model.[13]

Black Desert Online
Black Desert Online Logo (En).png
Developer(s) Pearl Abyss
Publisher(s) Kakao Games
RedFox Games (South America)
Director(s) Kim Daeil
Artist(s) Seo Yongsu
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Xbox One
PlayStation 4[1][2]
Release Microsoft Windows
  • KOR: 14 July 2015
  • NA: 3 March 2016
  • EU: 3 March 2016
  • TWN: January 2017
  • SA: 12 July 2017
Xbox One
  • WW: Q1, 2018
PS4
  • WW: TBA
Genre(s) MMORPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Contents

GameplayEdit

The combat in Black Desert Online is action based, requiring manual aiming similar to those found in third-person shooters. Skills can be activated through use of combos for attacking, dodging or blocking. The game offers housing, fishing, farming, and trading,[14] as well as large player versus player (PvP) siege, and castle battles.[15]

The game includes a number of features to assist with immersion and the sandbox aspect. These include:

  • A dynamic, worldwide weather system which will include large scale events such as typhoons and will influence gameplay.[16] Localized weather will include events such as temporary fog which players may exploit to launch surprise attacks on rival guild structures.[17]
  • A dynamic day/night cycle with a gradual progression of lighting effects. During the night some NPCs will become unavailable as they return home while the number and type of monsters that a player may encounter will increase. Different game content will be available depending upon whether it is night or day.[18][19]
  • Player housing will be instanced and will vary in size and location. Players will be able to furnish and equip their housing by purchasing furniture through NPCs or through crafting.[20][21]
  • An active combat system requiring precise manual aiming, dodging & comboing, unlike the tab-targeting system seen in older MMORPGs.
  • Players will be able to engage in mounted combat.[22][23] Mounts are acquired by taming in the wild and players are able to breed special mounts by mating certain types.[24] Mounts require feeding and care, cannot be stored in the inventory, and may be killed.[25]

PlotEdit

Black Desert Online takes place in a high fantasy setting and revolves around the conflict between two rival nations, the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia.[10] Calpheon is very materialistic where as Valencia is very spiritual.

Long before Black Desert Online starts, the four main areas, Calpheon, Serendia, Balenos, and Mediah, are at peace. This all changes when merchants from Valencia, an area in Mediah that controls trade, starts to spread the Black Plague. Many people from around the world die due to this sickness. If people don't die they sometimes get expelled due to paranoia. Eventually, the three main areas realize the enemy, Valencia. The three regions make an alliance and start a war. The war lasts 30 years and Mediah profits the most. This is because Mediah, during the war, harvests black stones and trades with everyone. After the war, the alliance slowly starts to trade with Valencia again. Tensions rise again when the others discover the importance of black stones. Desperate to gain wealth, the others start to search for black stones. Calpheon has no area that harbors the precious black stones and because of this they start to steal from others. This raises conflicts with Valencia due to Valencia's vast Black Desert that holds the black stones.[26]

DevelopmentEdit

Pearl Abyss was founded in September 2010 by Kim Daeil, previously a developer with Hangame and NHN Gaming, and began development of Black Desert Online shortly after.[9][27][28] A custom engine was developed for a seamless world and that can render a lot of characters very fast and easy."[9]

After agreeing a Japanese publishing deal with GameOn Japan on 8 September 2012 Pearl Abyss began releasing details of the game to the public.[9][29] In November 2012 the game was demonstrated at G-Star.[30] Black Desert Online was also showcased at Gamescom 2013.[16][31]

Closed beta testing was held during October 2013.[32] A second, three week long closed beta test begun in April 2014.[33][34] Open beta was launched in December 2014.[35] The game was released in North America and Europe on March 3, 2016.[36]

Post-launch developmentEdit

2016Edit

The Mediah Expansion was released in the North American / European version on March 30, 2016.[37] The Musa and Maehwa classes were release for play on April 20, 2016[38] Mediah Part 2 was released on May 4, 2016.[39] The Valencia I Expansion was released in the North American / European version on June 29, 2016.[40] The Kunoichi and Ninja classes were released for play on July 20, 2016[41]

All expansions and class additions have been free of charge as of July 20, 2016, with no plans of charging for additional future content stated.

2017Edit

At the Taipei Games Show on January 20, 2017, Pearl Abyss stated a Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the game is in development. This was confirmed by Pearl Abyss in March.[1][2]

The Dark Knight class was published in Europe and North America in April 2017.[42]

The Striker class was released in Europe and North America in May 2017.

At E3 2017, Microsoft announced that Black Desert will launch on Xbox One as a Console Exclusive in early 2018.

On August 15, 2017 Pearl Abyss has released an official teaser for Black Desert Mobile.[43]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 73%[44]
Metacritic 75/100[45]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 7.0/10[46]
IGN 7/10[47]

Black Desert Online has received generally favorable reviews from critics, currently holding a score of 75 on Metacritic[45] and 73% on GameRankings,[44] and 8.6/10 in average user ratings on MMORPG.com.[48]

In April 2016, Kakao announced that the game had achieved sales of 400,000 copies in its first month on the European and North American markets, and was showing an average of 100,000 concurrent users.[49][50]

As of March 2017, Black Desert Online has reportedly 3.4 million registered players in North America, and Europe combined.[51]

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