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If you've got your eye on Black Desert now that it's definitely making the trek to the West, then Brian Oh is a name you'll want to know. He's Pearl Abyss' director of overseas business, and 2P chatted him up at this past weekend's ChinaJoy about class balance, sea battles, costumes, dyeing, swimmi...

August 5th 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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When Pearl Abyss announced that Korean internet giant Daum would be publishing Black Desert in the west, my first reaction was "really?" It makes a certain amount of sense, though, as having one worldwide publisher (Daum is also releasing the fantasy sandbox in its native Korea) could work in the t...

July 31st 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Black Desert's search for a Western publisher has made news on more than one occasion in recent months. As it turns out, though, the fantasy sandbox MMO will be published in North America and Europe by the same company publishing it in its native Korea. That company is Daum, one of South Korea's l...

July 24th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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With the help of enterprising fans and a lot of workarounds, dedicated fans of Black Desert can do their best to muddle through the game's Korean beta if they don't read or understand Korean. Understanding the game's setting, however, is another matter entirely. But the fandom is still trying to...

June 2nd 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Black Desert has found a Russian publisher, and while that news may seem like a tease to Western fans of the full-featured fantasy sandbox, there's a potential silver lining. 2P reports that the game may have separate F2P and P2P servers as well as PvE-only rulesets that disable open-world PvP in...

May 22nd 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Steparu's latest and, for now, last Black Desert beta review has been published. It highlights castle sieges and endgame PvP, world raid bosses, and more. Interestingly, the writeup posits that the final version of ArcheAge "offers a much more vast open area with more freedom," though it's worth no...

May 12th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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YouTuber Inporylem is back with more closed beta goodness from Black Desert, the Korean action-sandbox (seems a fair term, right?) whose western arrival is still up in the air. Building on last week's video, City Life Part 1, today's videos show off the Naisu environment and continue the tour of ci...

May 11th 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Ready for your daily helping of Black Desert awesome sauce? Good, because this particular video is one of my favorites. YouTuber InporlemQQ has captured 22 minutes of city and country life from the Korean fantasy sandbox. There's little in the way of combat here, but it's an explorer's paradise fe...

May 7th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Part three of Steparu's Black Desert beta review-in-progress has been posted. Topics covered include the skill enchanting system, sieges and open PvP, the NPC trading and the market/auction system, and the curious lack of a level cap. Black Desert endgame is kinda sorta 50, as that's when new skil...

May 6th 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Pearl Abyss released a new Black Desert gameplay vid this morning that focuses on the fantasy sandbox's mounted combat. MMO Culture reports that not all character skills can be used while mounted, but "a couple of new ones are granted." Click past the cut to view the footage.

April 30th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Steparu has posted part two of a lengthy Black Desert beta review-in-progress. This installment focuses on the fantasy sandbox's leveling experience, enchanting, the combo system, and open world PvP. Pearl Abyss has raised the minimum PK level to 40 for this particular beta phase, and Steparu says...

April 29th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments