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Pearl Abyss | Official Site
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Beta Testing  (est.rel 03/04/16)  | Pub:DAUM Korea
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download | Retail Price:$29.99 | Pay Type:Buy to Play | Monthly Fee:Free
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  • What is Contribution – A Beginner’s Guide to Trade, Housing, and Production

    Black Desert Online is a unique MMO in many ways. Pearl Abyss’ design team has taken a lot of the traditional MMORPG elements and seemingly turned them on their head to make a game of non-confirmative systems that feels like an experiment in a lot of ways. One such system is known as Contribution, and today we’ll take a look at the CP system, what it is, how it works, and why it’s key to your progression and enjoyment of the game.

    Posted on 01/12/2016 by William Murphy
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  • MMO Predictions for 2016

    The MMO genre can sometimes feel like a whimsical sea of shifting sands, but it’s not without its axioms. Open betas will almost always mean soft launches, game development benchmarks will take longer than expected, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will always be one of the best-conceived and poorly-executed MMORPGs ever made. Yet, sometimes the sands shift enough to reveal patterns for those who are good enough at predictions to get a glimpse of what awaits for MMOs, RPGS, and other games.

    Posted on 01/08/2016 by Som Pourfarzaneh
  • Rob Predicts Lots of Snark for 2016

    For his first column in 2016 Rob takes a humorous look into what 2016 has in store. Take seriously at your own risk!

    Posted on 01/05/2016 by Robert Lashley
  • The Upcoming MMOs of 2016

    2015 is in the past, and the majority of 2016 lies ahead. What games will we be playing as we crawl through the calendar year? We’re here to help figure that out. With this week’s List, we’ll take a quick look at all MMOs we expect to hit beta, early access, and launch in 2016. Click through and start adding games to your wish list!

    Posted on 01/04/2016 by William Murphy
  • On Gender Locking the Classes

    One thing that everyone here at MMORPG.com seems to agree on, with regards to Black Desert, Devilian, TERA, and other imported MMOs, is that gender locking classes is an unwanted practice. As a player, you either have to come to accept it, or refuse to play what could be your preferred class. In a genre that’s original intent was to let you play the character of your complete choosing, locking classes behind certain genders seems in opposition of that intent.

    Posted on 12/29/2015 by William Murphy
  • Merry Christmas from the Black Desert Online Beta

    It’s rare that an MMO comes across my desk for which I don’t have much background or context. It’s rarer still for that MMO to be in closed beta, with a lot of localization work and polish needed, and still leave a tremendously positive impression. Enter Black Desert Online (BDO), the upcoming fantasy MMORPG from Pearl Abyss and Daum Games, which just completed its first CBT this week.

    Posted on 12/25/2015 by Som Pourfarzaneh
  • Taming the Tamer and the UI in Closed Beta

    Black Desert is outright gorgeous. There’s no denying that. But now, close to the game’s western launch in 2016, we are finally able to find out if there’s more to BDO than its good looks. Our own Bill Murphy has been diving into the Closed Beta and has some thoughts to share on precisely that topic.

    Posted on 12/18/2015 by William Murphy
  • Its Third Chance at a First Impression - Can It Still Impress?

    The day has finally come and servers are live for the Black Desert Online NA/EU Alpha for the first time. For Lock, however, this will be the third chance at a first impression. Can Black Desert still impress?

    Posted on 10/27/2015 by Paul Nadin
  • Tips for New Alpha Players

    With today’s start of the Black Desert Online European / North American alpha, thousands of players who have never tried any of the other international versions (Korean, Japanese, Russian) will be entering the game for the first time. With that in mind, there are a few things everyone should know before that initial log in, so we have prepared a small list to help with those first shaky steps into a new world.

    Posted on 10/26/2015 by Suzie Ford
  • Igromir Producer Interview Report

    Russia's premier gaming convention, Igromir 2015, has been going on for the past several days. During the event, GameNet producers spoke with GoHa.ru and Dave Jones about Black Desert Online and the localization efforts among other topics. The following are some of the most interesting questions that were asked during those interviews and include work points, P2P/F2P launches, store items and more.

    Posted on 10/04/2015 by Catherine Daro

Previews

  • Its Third Chance at a First Impression - Can It Still Impress?

    The day has finally come and servers are live for the Black Desert Online NA/EU Alpha for the first time. For Lock, however, this will be the third chance at a first impression. Can Black Desert still impress?

    Posted on 10/27/2015 by Paul Nadin
  • The Sun Sets on RU CBT - Road to Open Beta Begins

    Tuesday, September 15th marked the beginning of the second phase of the closed beta test for the Russian version of Black Desert Online. GameNet, publisher of BDO in Russia, took feedback from the first phase into consideration and made some significant changes to the game since then. Among the most notable are: pushing the level for PvP to 30 up from 20, nearly complete localization, a smoother leveling curve and more.

    Posted on 09/21/2015 by Catherine Daro
  • Russian Closed Beta Report - Does GameNet Deliver?

    The 28th of May marked the beginning of the first phase of closed beta-testing for the Russian version of Black Desert. MMORPG.com had the opportunity to participate in the CBT along with the other testers.

    Posted on 06/01/2015 by Catherine Daro
  • Korean Closed Beta Preview

    Pearl Abyss is a studio with something to prove. That’s the feeling I get after spending a day beta testing the Korean version of Black Desert. The game has plenty of dull edges that need to be polished out, but the basic shape is already visible.

    Posted on 12/23/2014 by Mark Wilhelm
  • E3 2013 - Our First Look

    During E3 last week, we managed to get one of the first-ever views of Pearl Abyss's Black Desert. Check out our preview and then let us know what you think in the comments.

    Posted on 06/17/2013 by Garrett Fuller

Interviews

  • Daeil Kim On What Sets Their Game Apart

    In recent weeks, Black Desert has been making people's heads turn. We managed to catch up to Daeil Kim to talk with him about what makes Black Desert so unique and different from any other MMO out there. See what the difference is before weighing in on the discussion in the comments.

    Posted on 07/04/2013 by Garrett Fuller

General Article

  • Tips for New Alpha Players

    With today’s start of the Black Desert Online European / North American alpha, thousands of players who have never tried any of the other international versions (Korean, Japanese, Russian) will be entering the game for the first time. With that in mind, there are a few things everyone should know before that initial log in, so we have prepared a small list to help with those first shaky steps into a new world.

    Posted on 10/26/2015 by Suzie Ford

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  • MMO Predictions for 2016

    The MMO genre can sometimes feel like a whimsical sea of shifting sands, but it’s not without its axioms. Open betas will almost always mean soft launches, game development benchmarks will take longer than expected, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will always be one of the best-conceived and poorly-executed MMORPGs ever made. Yet, sometimes the sands shift enough to reveal patterns for those who are good enough at predictions to get a glimpse of what awaits for MMOs, RPGS, and other games.

    Posted on 01/08/2016 by Som Pourfarzaneh
  • Rob Predicts Lots of Snark for 2016

    For his first column in 2016 Rob takes a humorous look into what 2016 has in store. Take seriously at your own risk!

    Posted on 01/05/2016 by Robert Lashley
  • The Upcoming MMOs of 2016

    2015 is in the past, and the majority of 2016 lies ahead. What games will we be playing as we crawl through the calendar year? We’re here to help figure that out. With this week’s List, we’ll take a quick look at all MMOs we expect to hit beta, early access, and launch in 2016. Click through and start adding games to your wish list!

    Posted on 01/04/2016 by William Murphy
  • On Gender Locking the Classes

    One thing that everyone here at MMORPG.com seems to agree on, with regards to Black Desert, Devilian, TERA, and other imported MMOs, is that gender locking classes is an unwanted practice. As a player, you either have to come to accept it, or refuse to play what could be your preferred class. In a genre that’s original intent was to let you play the character of your complete choosing, locking classes behind certain genders seems in opposition of that intent.

    Posted on 12/29/2015 by William Murphy
  • Merry Christmas from the Black Desert Online Beta

    It’s rare that an MMO comes across my desk for which I don’t have much background or context. It’s rarer still for that MMO to be in closed beta, with a lot of localization work and polish needed, and still leave a tremendously positive impression. Enter Black Desert Online (BDO), the upcoming fantasy MMORPG from Pearl Abyss and Daum Games, which just completed its first CBT this week.

    Posted on 12/25/2015 by Som Pourfarzaneh
  • Igromir Producer Interview Report

    Russia's premier gaming convention, Igromir 2015, has been going on for the past several days. During the event, GameNet producers spoke with GoHa.ru and Dave Jones about Black Desert Online and the localization efforts among other topics. The following are some of the most interesting questions that were asked during those interviews and include work points, P2P/F2P launches, store items and more.

    Posted on 10/04/2015 by Catherine Daro
  • Power Rankings - MMOGs Currently In Beta

    If we were to count all the MMOGs and quasi-MMOGs presently in various stages of testing, I have no doubt that the total would have three digits. Naturally, they'd differ widely with respect to how much interest they are generating. Frankly, we'd find a fair number that are effectively invisible, unknown except to the most ardent industry observers.

    Posted on 05/19/2015 by Richard Aihoshi
  • Could Russia's Monetization Model Work Here?

    One of the most interesting statements from Gamenet.ru is its willingness to provide players with both free-to-play and subscription servers. They are obviously committed to being flexible with these different server configurations that respond the concerns of a community that is generally weary of the in-game stores.

    Posted on 05/06/2015 by Catherine Daro
  • The Most Wanted Indie MMOs of 2014

    We already covered our all-around most wanted MMOs of 2014 last week, but did you know there were a boatload of Indie MMOs also releasing this year? We’d be remiss if we didn’t give the guys with the littler budgets and possibly bigger dreams their own spotlight, so we’re back this week with the Most Wanted Indie MMOs of 2014. Read on for our list, and be sure to comment and let us know if you agree or have something we missed to boot.

    Posted on 01/07/2014 by William Murphy

Guide

  • Taming the Tamer and the UI in Closed Beta

    Black Desert is outright gorgeous. There’s no denying that. But now, close to the game’s western launch in 2016, we are finally able to find out if there’s more to BDO than its good looks. Our own Bill Murphy has been diving into the Closed Beta and has some thoughts to share on precisely that topic.

    Posted on 12/18/2015 by William Murphy

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