The long-awaited Black Desert has finally made its way west. This highly anticipated MMO will be published in Europe and North America by Daum Games, the same company that published the game in Korea. Alpha testing has been scheduled to begin next week. Servers will open on October 26 and will close on November 1st.
Key distribution took place this past week, and concluded on Friday. The game’s developer, Pearl Abyss, and Daum decided to distribute the keys in a giveaway fashion through all of their social media outlets. For those lucky enough to obtain a key, the client for the game was made available Friday morning. Daum says that the western alpha will provide only a basic gameplay experience. Many features will be inaccessible or absent, and leveling will be capped at 30.
Black Desert takes place in a fantasy setting, and focuses on the rivalry between two nations, the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia. It is an open world game with action based gameplay, beautiful visuals, and incredibly in-depth customization.
While details are still a bit scarce, Pearl Abyss has stated that the western version of the game will differ slightly from its eastern counterpart. So far, the biggest difference is that the game will not be free-to-play. Instead the developers have opted to make the game buy-to-play, and will sell in-game convenience and vanity items for real money. By using this model they hope to support the ongoing development and maintenance for the game.
This game has been in development since 2010, but just launched in Korea this past July. After watching gameplay footage for just a couple of minutes, the amount of work that was poured into this game is very clear. An official release date for the western version hasn’t been set, but the developers estimate that we should expect to see this game sometime in 2016.
Check out the new trailer that was released for Paris Games Week: